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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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Nice pit stop on long road trip.

We were on a long road trip and wanted to break up the ride for our 7 and 11 year old. It was nice... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
via mobile
Void of anything advertised.

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

Reviewed 5 days ago
Colubmbia, SC
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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.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
+1 803-779-8717
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Reviewed 3 days 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 5 days 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 1 week 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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited Riverbank zoo many times over 18 years. The exhibits keeping getting better every year. I recommend getting the Family pass if you plan on going more than once.

Thank cotheran121298
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great zoo. About 16$ for adults. Lots of exhibits and critters to see. Aquarium was really good and fun.

Thank mugmarine
Reviewed 1 week ago

No wonder the Riverbanks Zoo is included in books about the best zoos in America. The animals are kept in very natural looking landscapes, and there's a great assortment. The grounds are well kept and attractive and just a great place for a family outing....More

Thank BarbMid
Reviewed 1 week ago

When we visit different cities one of our goals is to visit the zoos. The Riverbank ranks very high on our rating scale. We loved the botanical garden section and all the stimuli for the children. Enjoyed reviewing a unique plant we Trish and we...More

Thank PAsnowbirds
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very diverse zoo, offering a variety of experiences and special events for different seasons. We have a family pass for the year & use it a lot. Great activity just for walking, exploring. They even offer a splash center and tram service.

Thank Diane L
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I had a great time. The park is clean and the animals are well cared for. The staff at the park are friendly and very helpful. There are places to eat but prepare for a bit of a line and wait time....More

Thank Robin H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love Riverbanks. We walk there almost every day if it’s not raining. We go in thru the botanical gardens, walk down across the bridge and circumnavigate the zoo. There’s always something new to see. It’s just a jewel in South Carolina!

Thank Charles R
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12 September 2017|
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Response from RJCrapps | Reviewed this property |
Many to choose from in close proximity. Embassy Suites is about a 1/4 mile from the zoo entrance.
12 September 2017|
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Response from Linda H | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend Homewood Suites by Hilton, on Greystone Blvd., i have stayed there when traveling with family to visit the zoo. They have a delightful indoor pool. It's also very conveniently located, close to the zoo.
21 August 2017|
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Response from Linda H | Reviewed this property |
No coolers, or "outside food" is allowed inside the zoo, but you can use the picnic area by the bus area. FYI, if you're planning to eat at the food concessions inside the zoo, plan your budget accordingly, their prices are... More