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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

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500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
+1 803-779-8717
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"Laid Back & Convenient"

Went on the Sunday before the Labor Day holiday with the wife,son,daughter in law and grandkids... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
Bayamon PR
via mobile
Lots of walking

Went to the zoo on Saturday and it was packed with family and kids everywhere. Exhibits were... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
Charles W
Athens, Georgia, United States
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
+1 803-779-8717
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Went on the Sunday before the Labor Day holiday with the wife,son,daughter in law and grandkids parking was easy to find.Purchased tickets online & saved a total of 14.50 for 4 Adults & 1 child children under 2 are free.Plenty to see & do everything...More

Thank MikeTina
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Went to the zoo on Saturday and it was packed with family and kids everywhere. Exhibits were interesting even though some of the animals were not visible as they probably found a cooler place as it was really hot outside. We ate there and the...More

Thank Charles W
Reviewed 13 September 2016

If you are in the Columbia area and need something to do, I totally recommend Riverbanks Zoo. Always an enjoyable time for all ages! Well cared for and clean.

Thank Louise K
Reviewed 13 September 2016

The zoo and gardens are always entertaining. Go early while the animals are active and frisky. It is well run, clean, and always has something new - an event or exhibit. A family membership is a great investment if you are local. We take out-of-town...More

Thank Angela D
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Riverbank Zoo and Botanical Garden has always been phenomenal. BUT NOW IT IS THE BEST! I can say that because since adding the Waterfall Junction my grandchildren have not been the same. They've enjoyed going to the zoo in the past but now they cry...More

Thank Earline S
Reviewed 12 September 2016

I have a grandson and granddaughter but at the time we only took Jack, We had so much sharing all the animals at the zoo . But the best time and so much fun to go is in Oct for Boo at the Zoo. Bring...More

Thank Beth D
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We took our two granddaughters and they had a blast. The weather was beautiful and the animals were very active. The giraffes are a big hit with the girls because they actually are allowed to feed them lettuce.

Thank rastaway1
Reviewed 12 September 2016

For a small town zoo, this place is impressive. It's clean and well laid out. It has something for everybody- a carousel, ropes course, zip line and gardens in addition to the zoo animals. The staff are great. Their Lights Before Christmas display is very...More

Thank LRR2222
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived around noon and it was quite warm. The good. The zoo was small when compared to other zoo's we have visited. Everything was close and we were able to see everything in 2.5-3 hours. There were lots of welcome shady spots and the...More

Thank Rus T
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

I haven't been to a zoo in 40 years but thought it would be a nice experience. It was definitely different from the old days. It was a different type of a zoo you have a mix of animals that have been hurt and doctored...More

Thank Ellen E
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Lisa C
14 January 2018|
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Response from kedkap | Reviewed this property |
Yes if the weather is not to cold. Very good zoo for kids.
Martin B
12 December 2017|
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Response from Luvsviolet | Reviewed this property |
In addition to animals, the zoo has an aquarium and gardens to walk around in, parking is free, so I find it's still a good way to spend a few hours.