Before you Visit

Health and Saftely Tips to protect against COVID-19
our additional covid safety measures:

Suspension of Boardwalk Assist

Boardwalk Assistance is temporarily suspended due to Covid-19.

We are temporarily unable to grant entry to those who require mobility aids such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers, crutches, knee scooters, and other forms of Boardwalk Assistance.
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Credit Card Only

The Garden has temporarily transitioned to electronic payments ONLY.

We are currently accepting all credit and debit cards. NO cash or checks.
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Experience the Tropics

Hours of Operation

Our Garden is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm.

Please Note: Last entry into the Garden is at 4pm. 

Ticket purchase available at the Garden.  No reservations.

Rates

  • Adults$25
  • Kama’aina$20
  • Active Military$20
  • Children (6-16) $12
  • Kama’aina keiki$10
  • Children (under 6) Free

Due to COVID, we are temporarily unable to grant entry to those who require mobility aids such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers, crutches, knee scooters, and Boardwalk Assistance. We value the health of our employees and guests and at this time we have no way of maintaining a safe social distance to help mobility challenged guests in and out of the Garden. Please bear with us and monitor our website and social media for updates regarding Boardwalk Assistance. Mahalo for your patience and understanding.

How to Get Here

Take the Scenic Route!

No matter what part of the island you’re coming from, we encourage you to take the Scenic Route (Old Mamalahoa Rd). Sometimes, GPS will misdirect you down a dirt road (Old Onomea Rd.) While this route will get you here, it is not recommended since the Scenic Route is easier (and prettier too)!

 

Coming from Hilo

At about 7 miles north of Hilo, turn right at the large blue highway sign that says “Scenic Route” on the right side of the road. About 2 miles down on the left is our Visitor Center and parking lot.

 

Coming from Kona

Travel south on Route 19 along the Hamakua Coast until you pass the 8 mile marker. Look for the blinking yellow light with a sign that says “Old Mamalahoa Hwy” on the right side of the road. Make the next left onto the Scenic Route. About 1.5 miles on the right is our Visitor Center and parking lot.

What to Bring

To make the most of your visit, we suggest you bring the following things:

COMFORTABLE SHOES

Sections of our boardwalk are steep and can get slippery. Bring shoes with some grip.

INSECT REPELLENT

Biodiversity means sharing space with bugs. Practice healthy boundaries by bringing some repellent.

CAMERA

Clear up your memory card and charge your batteries. There are infinite photo opps in the Garden.

SUNSCREEN

While the tree canopy provides great shade in the Garden, the Hawaiian sun is not to be taken lightly. Bring some SPF and make sure it is reef-safe.

WATER

It can get hot here in Hawaii so hydration is important. Currently we do not have a bottle fill tap so bring a full water with you to stay hydrated.

SNACKS

Bring some trail snacks or even a light lunch to enjoy at one of our many picnic tables throughout the Garden.

We got you covered!

Don’t worry if you forgot anything our Visitor Center has snacks, water, ponchos, insect repellent, sunscreen and an array of wonderful souvenirs and gifts.

It does rain in the rainforest!

Walking in the garden on light rain days can also be magical. There is a fairly dense canopy of trees which helps shield the paths, and we offer complimentary umbrellas upon availability! Most important is to bring a good pair of walking shoes, preferably waterproof.

Accessibility

Due to Covid-19: We are temporarily unable to grant entry to those who require mobility aids such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers, crutches, knee scooters, and other forms of Boardwalk Assistance. We value the health of our employees and guests and at this time we have no way of maintaining a safe social distance to help mobility challenged guests in and out of the Garden. Please bear with us and monitor our website and social media for updates regarding Boardwalk Assistance. Mahalo for your patience and understanding.

What we're doing to prevent the spread

Although the risk of COVID-19 cannot be eliminated, we are committed to enhance standards in effort to keep you as healthy and safe as possible.

Boardwalk Assist

Boardwalk assistance is temporarily suspended.

Credit Card Only

Cash will not be accepted as a form of payment for garden entry.

Closed Gift Shop

The garden gift shop will be closed until further notice.

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