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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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Great visit

This zoo is the perfect size. We went at opening and were able to eat lunch and see everything by... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Miranda L
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Good place for children جيد للاطفال

Good place for children and they will have good time in zoo جيد للاطفال واعتقد انه سوف يستمعون إلى... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
abddulrhman s
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
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+1 803-779-8717
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This zoo is the perfect size. We went at opening and were able to eat lunch and see everything by mid afternoon nap time for our toddler. The price is affordable. They have attractions for all ages. The botanical gardens and splash pad area is...More

Thank Miranda L
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Good place for children and they will have good time in zoo جيد للاطفال واعتقد انه سوف يستمعون إلى في الحديقة

Thank abddulrhman s
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We attended a couple of the homeschool educational programs this year and were not disappointed. The programs are well run & highly educational. We enjoyed not only the programs, but walking around the zoo after. The zoo is easy to walk through, staff is friendly,...More

Thank Cassandra W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great afternoon with family and friends.Animals were all well kept up and zoo was clean. Didn't make it to the botanical gardens because we ran out of time. Well worth the admission money.Plenty of shade trees, which we needed on the day we went, because...More

Thank kenosha66
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve explored Riverbanks several times, both the lush botanic garden and vibrant zoo sides of the property. An amazing array of well-kept animals prance, play and rest in clean, relatively spacious enclosures. I never felt like there were too many animals crammed in one space,...More

Thank Katie D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are from Houston and have a huge but it doesnt compare to this. Very easy to walk and so clean. The staff is friendly and the zoo is laid out well. Its a must see if you are in the area.

Thank AmyLyn76
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Animal enclosures are designed to match the animals environment, although some are small. My grandchildren were with us and they had a great time.

Thank neildesmond1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here with my family with college age children and we had a blast little something for everyone! Place is clean and well maintained.

Thank mmknow
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You will not be disappointed when you visit this world recognized attraction. And the animals love watching you watching them.

Thank Nancy M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love coming to the zoo and gardens. This visit the animals were so active! Lions and tigers were roaring! The gardens are especially beautiful and the kids loved the new additions. They could have spent all day playing!

Thank 301rebekahw
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Yes if the weather is not to cold. Very good zoo for kids.
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