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“Wonderful zoo!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden
Ranked #1 of 108 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Columbia, South Carolina
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“Wonderful zoo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

Columbia has an excellent zoo! There is a wide variety of species. It's well laid out, clean and very visitor friendly. They also do some fun things with lights around the holidays, as well as various other special events throughout the year.

Visited December 2012
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Columbia, South Carolina
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“Great Place for Kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

We have a yearly pass and all the kids love to visit. Clean, friendly and great place for a morning visit.

Visited November 2013
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Columbia, South Carolina
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“Best zoo in the south”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

Also on the same grounds are a botanical garden, zip-line, and a nature walk through the woods with an old mill and also near where the Yankees camped before burning Columbia during the civil war.

Visited September 2013
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Columbia, South Carolina
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“A treat for the whole family!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

This is a fun place to take all ages! From babies to great - grand parents , all will enjoy an afternoon at the zoo.
Fun Christmas light show also.

Visited July 2013
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“Best Attraction in Columbia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

We Love Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens. This is the first place we always take out of town family! There is so much to see and do. We are also zoo members and love the members nights and perks with having a membership :)

Visited September 2013
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