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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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No animals when cold out

Great place to visit just keep in mind that if you plan on going on a cold day many of the animals... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ricardo C
via mobile
In praise of Riverbanks Zoo

We love this place. The grandparents have a membership here, and we go every time we visit them... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Orlando, Florida
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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 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit just keep in mind that if you plan on going on a cold day many of the animals will not be out. The giraffe feeding was canceled so disappointed but we got to see the bears up close. They have a...More

Thank Ricardo C
Reviewed 5 days ago

We love this place. The grandparents have a membership here, and we go every time we visit them. Recent improvements with the seals and sea lions, the gorillas, the otters, and the big cats have all been excellent to see. The expansion of the botanical...More

Thank mdiv2001
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love to bring the family here. We get the yearly family pass for a little over a hundred bucks. You can come as much as you like and you get guess passes. Warning do not come on holidays or when schools are out. Can...More

Thank Dantecovington
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited the zoo several times since moving to the Columbia area. Every time we have visited we have brought our young grandchildren age of three. We felt the zoo was extremely clean, very entertaining and an overall excellent time was had by all....More

Thank kedkap
Reviewed 1 week ago

You just can not miss this place when you are in Columbia. Spend the whole day to visit the zoo and the garden. Lot of kids and lots of fun. The aquarium is nice. I would definitely go back if I have a chance.

Thank Justin S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the zoo at the end of November on a cool day. What I really appreciated was the lion exhibit. The cubs were very active and there were no bars or wires to shoot through. The gorilla exhibit was nice in that they were...More

Thank mckinleypatriots
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the zoo with my grandkid. It was cold that day 35 degrees. We had the place to ourselves. Even still it’s a very nice zoo and great day out

Thank Dan K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came here with my two children aged 8 and 9 during the Christmas light display in December. We went early in the afternoon to see the animals and stayed til dark to enjoy the light display. I was so surprised by the quality of...More

Thank Patty L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took grands the first time for the Christmas lights and was impressed! We love this Zoo . it is one of the best in US hands down

Thank s h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Riverbanks is rated as one of the top zoos in the US. It is a great experience for the young and the old - something for everyone. So much more than just the animals - although they are great if that is all you want...More

Thank shirleymains
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Lisa C
14 January 2018|
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Response from kedkap | Reviewed this property |
Yes if the weather is not to cold. Very good zoo for kids.
Martin B
12 December 2017|
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Response from Luvsviolet | Reviewed this property |
In addition to animals, the zoo has an aquarium and gardens to walk around in, parking is free, so I find it's still a good way to spend a few hours.