"Wonder Botanical Gardens" Tropical Botanical Gardens Tip by JonBru

Tropical Botanical Gardens, Hilo: 8 reviews and 19 photos

This might not be the place for the 'younger' crowd, but if you like flowers, plants, trees and wonderful views of the ocean and waterfall then this is the place for you. There's lots of signs about the dangerous and steep initial descent, but I didn't think it was that bad, just slightly steep. It was dry when we went, which helped I'm sure.

My advice, bring a lot of bug spray. There are towelettes on sale in the gift store for only $1.50 apiece. They have umbrellas you can use for free.

When you're done touring the gardens, go back up and look at the little quasi-museum within the gift shop. Takes 10 min to look at, but some interesting stuff. When you leave turn left out of the parking lot to continue on the scenic drive, at the end is a small market, smoothie, fruit stand run by a wonderful family. Perfect place to get a little snack and local flavor. Keep going along the road and you'll hit the highway again.

Address: Seven miles north of Hilo at Onomea Bay.
Directions: This place is tough to find. Look for the sign saying '4 Mile Scenic Drive' and turn in there.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 12, 2010
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