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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Address: 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210
Phone Number:
+1 803-779-8717
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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First time visiting

Very good place to take your family so much to do we didn't get to finish thank goodness we bought a season pass.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Andre C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good place to take your family so much to do we didn't get to finish thank goodness we bought a season pass.

Thank Andre C
Evansville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were in Columbia for a wedding and always try to visit AZA-accredited zoos when we travel. I hadn't done any research beforehand on what the zoo was like, so I was flabbergasted at how big and beautiful it was! Such gorgeous landscaping, signage, and exhibits. They had all the big-ticket animals you could ever want out of a zoo,... More 

Thank CoburnFamily927
Hope Mills, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We loved this visit so much we bought a 1 year membership and we live 2 hours away! The interactive stations open the children's minds up to the need for conservation. Our 6 yr old daughter was in awe of the lorikeet feeding station, she insisted we visit twice so she could feed them breakfast and lunch. I have never... More 

Thank Vie C
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was by far the smallest zoo I have been to. It however was well kept and had new attractions and buildings. A couple of the bigger attractions were closed for repairs when I was there but it was still nice. Also a few of the vendors were out of items on the menu which was a bummer after waiting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

All-around great experience; never disappoints. New exhibits and animals coming all the time. The botanical gardens are a hidden pleasure. Never crowded.

Thank DrBond
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great place to visit when in Columbia South Carolina! Not just for children! Adults will love it too!

Thank Janet S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This zoo has all the exhibits you would expect from a major zoo. It even has a carousel and an opportunity to feed the giraffes (a favorite of mine). Beware: if you go in the summer, Columbia is hot, hot, hot!

Thank Neely L
West Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I take my daughter to the zoo quite often, especially now that they opened a splash pad. Make sure to bring your own straw, they stopped giving straws out to customers who purchase ICEE'S or drinks.

Thank Chelsie L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

If you start out feeding the lorikeets they will be hungry and you will get a LOT of attention! If you go later, they aren't hungry. Kids under 8 might be freaked out by all the attention but my 8, 9, 12, and 18 year old and I were laughing hysterically! The birds are GORGEOUS and so comical! DO NOT... More 

Thank JourneyGirl1970
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a FUN place for the WHOLE FAMILY! All of the animals were there and the party was on! If you need to get out and take a walk this is the place to do it, If you can not walk long or far, there are adult scooters to use. There are also strollers to push your little ones... More 

Thank Liv H

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