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“Keeps getting better”

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden
Ranked #1 of 108 things to do in Columbia
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 12 April 2012

Have come here regularly for over ten years, and it keeps getting better. We especially love the trail through the woods (along the river) to get from the zoo to the botanical garden, and love the garden. On a recent visit with family from out of state (Seattle, Chicago) all were impressed with the quality of the exhibits. The best thing about it is the manageability; you can see so much in a few hours. My only negative would be the quality of the food and restaurants, but probably typical of zoo food.

Thank travelersSC
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

The zoo really cares about the animals ! The surroundings were made to please each animal in a natural setting.

Thank David B
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

I went here to see the christmas lights. It was a wonderful time. I can not really speak to the zoo during the day time. However, if you get a chance to go during the holiday season it really is a must!

Thank PandJAllen
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

The animals looked depressed. Most looked underfeed and in poor health some did notg have any animals at all.

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Reviewed 10 April 2012

This zoo is a real treat for the whole family! My friend and I went one Sunday, and the place was hopping. Parking is free (a bonus), and they have lots of animals. Admission was 11.75 per adult. We got to buy feed several times via quarter machines for the koi pond and the goats/livestock at the farm. What a fun treat to be able to feed/pet some animals! Bathrooms were clean for the most part and there was lots of food stands. Loved the antique carousel and the ice cream shop next door. Walked all over enjoying the statues and exhibits. Kids can pay for pony rides which is neat. Our faves in the zoo were the elephants and kangaroo walk-about. You get to walk next to real life kangaroos! So fun! Plenty of photo ops! This is good clean fun for all (kids and adults alike). I recommend visiting at least once when possible. You will have a great day full of smiles, oohhs and ahhs! :)

Thank msspungen
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