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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Eight miles north of Hilo, stunning coastline views appear around each curve of the 4-mile scenic jungle drive that accesses the privately owned nature preserve beside Onomea Bay. Paved pathways in the 17-acre botanical garden lead past ponds, waterfalls, and more than 2,000 species of plants and flowers, including palms, bromeliads, ginger, heliconia, orchids, and ornamentals. www.hawaiigarden.com. COST: $15. OPEN: Daily 9--4.