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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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Always in the top 10 zoos in the US

You can walk thru the entire zoo in a couple of hours, but you will want to take a couple of days... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Donna R
West Columbia, South Carolina
via mobile
Great for the family

Very clean nice zoo. the staff was great and the entire park was clean and maintained. not... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Johnson City, Tennessee
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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 2 days ago via mobile

You can walk thru the entire zoo in a couple of hours, but you will want to take a couple of days to take it all in....

Thank Donna R
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very clean nice zoo. the staff was great and the entire park was clean and maintained. not expensive either

Thank jjmtns25
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wonder zoo. They have several admission packages available. The cost is very reasonable. We have a large family and it was cheaper for us to purchase the membership than to pay regular admission. You have unlimited access for a year with membership.

Thank Tina H
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a wonderful zoo. Very impressive. They just added a sea lion exhibit and Waterpark for the kids. My husband & I take our grandkids all the time. We have a zoo membership which makes our trips to the zoo so affordable. So many...More

Thank jrcabin
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Riverbanks Zoo is a wonderful day trip adventure. We have an annual membership and go several times a year and are never disappointed. This is a beautiful well kept facility. They have a diverse range of wildlife as well as a well appointed botanical...More

Thank Wendy J
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Every time we visit Riverbanks Zoo, there seem to be bigger and better improvements. The sea lions are such a wonderful new addition, as are the otters. All of the exhibits are clean, and the animals are happy and healthy. Definitely recommend for families with...More

Thank Isaac I
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great place for the family. They have a bird cage that will allow you to feed and interact with the birds.

Thank Ericka J
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Coty of Columbia has outdone itself with this fantastic attraction. Not only are the folks who run the zoo super but the animals who live there join in to present a fun and educational experience. There is a lot to see much hands on...More

Thank 50Crabbysam
Reviewed 5 days ago

We spent about 2 hours there and saw everything. Tons of kids, which was fun. A lot of shade too which is important because it's HOT in Columbia. Favorites were the grizzlies and the seals.

Thank jonathan r
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got passes for our family and we enjoy the convenience of visiting whenever we like for however long we have time for. There are a lot of animals and their habitats are nice and well kept. I plan on buying passes again when ours...More

Thank Ariel K
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you have scooters available for those that can't walk too far?
1 May 2017|
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Response from HbgSC | Reviewed this property |
I am sure the zoo will help with any needed accomodation
Mariaelena C
can i bring a small rolling cooler with a packed lunch, snacks and bottled drinks?
19 April 2017|
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Response from HbgSC | Reviewed this property |
not inside the Zoo, but there are areas just outside the main entrance
Can I bring in my kids snacks and juice?
1 April 2017|
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Response from Candra T | Reviewed this property |
yes. we packed lunches, snacks, and water bottles.