Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden
The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a non-profit nature preserve near Hilo dedicated to protecting and maintaining native species.
It consists of a plant sanctuary, a seed bank, and a tropical plant research center and has over 2000 species of plants on display.
The garden is located along the scenic drive near Onomea Bay on the northern coast near Hilo and its waterfalls and offers nature trails through
lush tropical forests and numerous waterfalls with views of the Pacific and the rocky coast.
The Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is just a few minutes south of Keauhou and lets visitors experience a living history museum. Affiliated with the Bishop Museum,
the garden cultivates many of the plants used by early Hawaiians and docents lead tours explaining the cultural role of these plants.
World Botanical Gardens
Located just north of Hilo, this park includes a botanical garden, zip lines, and much more.
The area around Kona is also home to numerous coffee farms, macadamia nut orchards, vanilla farms, and other interesting sights to visit. Many offer tours.