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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

#1 of 109 things to do in Columbia Features Animals
500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
+1 803-779-8717
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Can't go to Africa?

Riverbanks is a wonderful way to spend 2 hours or half a day. Be sure to wear walking shoes and a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Columbia, South Carolina
Loved it!

My son chose coming here as his second place to come for his birthday! We love this place! The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rebecca M
Greenville, South Carolina
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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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

Riverbanks is a wonderful way to spend 2 hours or half a day. Be sure to wear walking shoes and a hat or sunglasses. The animals are entertaining and of wide variety. The grounds and enclosures are clean odor free. The botanical part of ticket...More

1  Thank ctkwiat333
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My son chose coming here as his second place to come for his birthday! We love this place! The gardens are so beautiful and we love learning about all the animals and habitats! There was a lot of the outdoor vending that was closed down...More

2  Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Every age group will LOVE this zoo. So much to see. Such a variety of animals and their settings are really nicely designed.

1  Thank gitasark2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This zoo is awesome! The animals are in big"ish" enclosures and appear happy and playful. Some zoos feature sleeping and dirty animals but not here. My sons favorite was the splash pads in the garden. Bring a bathing suit for that! There are multiple places...More

2  Thank taketwo1006
Reviewed 1 week ago

This zoo is one of the best I have ever been to. The animal displays are conducive to their environment. The place is kept clean, the bathrooms are clean and sanitary. The zoo personnel are very friendly and helpful. Plus there are botanical gardens to...More

1  Thank 948constancec
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to this zoo on a few occasions and enjoyed it every time. The animals are easily viewed and the zoo is spotless. In addition, there are misters and shaded walkways when the hot weather sets in. My grandchildren enjoyed it also.

1  Thank Kathleen A
Reviewed 1 week ago

very nice..set up perfect..a lot of thought is in this zoo and garden..1st class.. also things for kids to do..places to eat and buy stuff. they get a lot of people come here..one of top zoos in united states.

1  Thank sderrick10
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good zoo not a huge zoo you can get through it in about 2 hours. Lots of kids stuff to do. My 12 year old loved the rock wall climbing and at $3.00 a climb it was worth it. The seal tank was fun to...More

1  Thank H4134KBthomash
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gardens were a little disappointing but the zoo was very well done. A lot of exhibits were closed but the animals seemed happy and healthy. The extra activities are worthwhile too, especially the bird feeding.

1  Thank cmlahna
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to go with or without children. The season pass is a great buy for a family. 😀😀

1  Thank kaoemt274
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Response from SivasankaranT | Reviewed this property |
if you are in and around Columpia an attraction pass even for adult is useful as an adult need to accompany a toddler You may pkan for minimum of three trips in a year if you are not staying in the town this pass has no... More
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Response from HbgSC | Reviewed this property |
I am sure the zoo will help with any needed accomodation