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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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Wonderful place

Wow, this zoo was amazing. Very big, and I recommend come hear early and spend good amount of time... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jessica u
via mobile
Great zoo for a smaller city - - some very impressive aspects.

Love this place. See the Giraffes early. They feed (you can help) them until 1PM or until the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bluffton, South Carolina, 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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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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 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, this zoo was amazing. Very big, and I recommend come hear early and spend good amount of time here... feels LikE I went on vacation. My kids enjoyed it, and that's all it matters.

Thank Jessica u
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place. See the Giraffes early. They feed (you can help) them until 1PM or until the food runs out. I have never seen more Giraffes in any zoo. Great Gorilla display. Howler Monkeys may go nuts, which is fun. Excellent layout. You can...More

Thank 574bobv
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have not been since they have changed things around. Enjoyed the new exhibits and all the lights. Don't come with the expectation of seeing lots of animals. However, you will see some. We had quite the show from the sea lion exhibit. Places to...More

Thank AngieVStewart
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice surprise tucked away in the city. The price of admission was reasonable. The zoo and gardens are well maintained and clear signage through out. The restaurant offered a nice variety and for decent prices. A very nice place to spend an...More

Thank Heather G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

awesome place to visit being from south africa and accustomed to the space it would be nice to see that enclosures from aquarium to lions den be bigger and more free roaming animals do look happy friendly staff well done

Thank Gerrit V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very good zoo in Columbia SC to see lots of birds and animals. It is not expensive to visit, and there are many places to walk around and see wildlife and see/buy nice things. I go here at least once every year...More

Thank Susan J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love zoos and this one was better: a combination zoo, aquarium, garden and water park (although too cold this time of year for the last part). We stopped there on our way to North Carolina and enjoyed a cool day of walking and admiring...More

Thank Luvsviolet
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were on a long road trip and wanted to break up the ride for our 7 and 11 year old. It was nice zoo. Very clean and the animals seemed very well cared for.

Thank Leesalibi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's ok. I've been to worst and I've been to better. The aquarium in New Orleans is the absolute worst I've ever visited.

Thank customerreview2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Riverbanks Zoo is a great place for a family visit. Great entertainment and scenery. We have been to a lot of public zoos and this is listed at the top. Keep up the good work.

Thank 898charlesn
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Martin B
12 December 2017|
Response from Kathleen A | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. I am sure if you called the zoo they could help.
Ashley S
4 December 2017|
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Response from mmh7707 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other person, the Vista area is less than 5 miles away and has everything from wings to fine dining. There is the Carolina Ale House, Newks, The Blue Marlin, Bourbon, The Wired Goat, Wild Wings Cafe and... More