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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Address: 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210
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+1 803-779-8717
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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I didn't expect much from this zoo. My husband and I are both from Maryland where we have the National Zoo so our expectations have always been high. However, both of us were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I didn't expect much from this zoo. My husband and I are both from Maryland where we have the National Zoo so our expectations have always been high. However, both of us were pleasantly surprised. First, they have a military discount which is awesome. My husband forgot his ID in his uniform but the girl at the ticket booth gave... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a first class zoo in the United States with everything from mammals, to reptiles, to amphibious species, as well as, a separate botanical garden featuring many plants indigenous to Columbia and the Southern landscape. Very entertaining for children is the petting zoo that allows up close and hands on experiences with animals. Staff members are eager to answer... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Riverbanks is a great zoo and has something for everyone. I recently went with my daughter, niece and nephews and we all have a great time. I loved sitting and watching the sea lions. Excellent value trip.

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Thank Paige G
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We used to go to the Lights at the Zoo for years but since our children are all grown we haven't been in a while. We decided to go with them this year and was pleasantly surprised at all the wonderful changes and updates that they have made. And the light displays were even better then we remembered. Even my... More 

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columbia sc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great zoo. 1. It is a perfect size. Not too large, not too small. 2. It is shady in the summer. 3. You can do a whole day or just a few hours. 4. There are rides and the animals are well cared for. We take the family several times a year. A membership is the best... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

With all the new(er) attractions at Riverbanks, you can't afford to miss taking your family to this zoo! River otters, grizzlies and the new Sea Lion Landing are incredible additions to an already great wildlife experience. In the warmer weather, the new Waterfall Junction is a kid's delight. If you like botanical gardens, a short walk across the river will... More 

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Richmond Hill, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

While on vaca. my brother and his girlfriend visited the zoo, so I was super excited when we moved close enough to visit too. I love how interactive the zoo is, you can walk with the kangaroos, get close up and feed the birds (if your lucky like my bro. 4 of them will land on you at once.) and... More 

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Thank Amanda V
Columbia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been members for years now. I have been to a number of zoos across the country and for the size town of Columbia this one is great. They have a number of special events during the year including some nice Christmas lights. Some of the animals don't move around as much during the hot Columbia summers so go... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recently visited this zoo and had a great time! I have been multiple times before but haven't gone in 5 years my son was 1 at that time so just learning things. Well he is 6 now and he had a blast. He fed giraffes and birds this time around. He thought it was so cool. We also took a... More 

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Irmo, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have always loved this place and recommend that families visit in the spring when its free on Fridays

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