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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Address: 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
Phone Number: +1 803-779-8717
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to nearly 2,000 animals that represent...

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to nearly 2,000 animals that represent more than 350 species from around the world. A visit to the Zoo will play host to an array of wild adventures from a diving expedition on a Pacific coral reef to a safari through the plains of Africa to an interactive Outback encounter with a flock of sociable lorikeets.

The Botanical Garden boasts 70-acres of unparalleled beauty and is considered one of the America's best public gardens. Dramatic and themed gardens showcase more than 4,300 species of native and exotic plants, providing a living classroom for gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

The Garden also is the gateway to natural river views and spectacular valley overlooks. In addition, guests can view structural remains dating back to the early 1800s with South Carolina's textile industry and the Civil War.

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Fun visit-love the recent updates!

We have been visiting this zoo since our now teenagers were babies, making the 90 minute drive from Charlotte,Nc a few times a year. Our recent visit, the day after thanksgiving... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We have been visiting this zoo since our now teenagers were babies, making the 90 minute drive from Charlotte,Nc a few times a year. Our recent visit, the day after thanksgiving, was one of our best visits. The weather was unseasonably warm, the zoo wasn't very crowded, and we really enjoyed some of the more recent updates, like the otter... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Going to the zoo is such fun, so many animals and so much more fun when you take the kids. However at this time of year they have these beautiful light displays and I would suggest that everyone who could possibly go go. The only thing that is really missing is the snow

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Decided to drive up to see the zoo during the day and the lights before Christmas at the zoo the same night. We ended up buying the season membership because we traveled with 6 children and 3 adults. So it was significantly cheaper to do this and we can return as many times as we want in a year. The... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had business in Columbia and finished earlier then I expected so, I decided to spend the afternoon at the zoo. What a treat! I was there on a Thursday afternoon in early December and it was not crowded at all. It felt like my own private zoo! The animals all seemed to be well cared for and comfortable. They posed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the night special they were having with all the Christmas Light up, Smores pit, Hot chocolate and more it was an enjoyable time and yes Santa was there also and the grandchildren were in awe.

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Allahabad, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the place with friends. Since I am a biologist by profession, this place was very exciting and wonderful to visit. Its cool to see the variety of flora and fauna housed at one place.

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Thank Rajaneesh G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Riverbanks Zoo is convenient to our home. It is very hot and humid in the summer. The gardens were lovely, but the kids would rather see the animals, especially the birds. It's expensive to get snacks/food there, but pack a picnic lunch and enjoy!

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Plattsburg, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful activities for "children" of all ages-from the daily exhibits, Halloween night and Lights before christmas

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love this zoo and this time of year is Lights Before Christmas starting at 5pm until 9pm. The zoo has lights around the exhibits and a musical light exhibit at the entrance. This is a fun evening which includes Santa starting at 6 pm. The walk is fun and many of the nocturnal animals can be seen now. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did not visit Riverbanks this trip but have visited several times. I have been to zoos all over the USA and this is one of my favorites!

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