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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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botanical gardens were beatiful

great place to visit! The botanical gardens are a must see! very pretty plants and flowers. I... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Carson City, Nevada
Enjoyable spur of moment outing

We decided at the last minute to your the zoo. It was a nice day, partly cloudy. We went after 2pm... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Cheryl S
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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%
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  • 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

great place to visit! The botanical gardens are a must see! very pretty plants and flowers. I recommend a visit here if you have the chance.

Thank carrigo1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We decided at the last minute to your the zoo. It was a nice day, partly cloudy. We went after 2pm. The zoo was not overly crowded. The animals were active and the cages looked maintained. The snakes were all moving about, which was cool...More

Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I spent 3.5 hours here without any trouble, the time flew by as we watched the sea lions being fed, the Siamang gibbons talking to each other, feeding Bruce the giraffe and the Australian lories, the radiated tortoises in a pack of...More

Thank palekh
Reviewed 5 days ago

Every year we visit the zoo. Very clean, kids under 12 love this place, but for me, I am 35 I LOVE that we can touch the giraffe, feed them and have very close a giraffe is amazing!! My kids love this part of the...More

Thank Elba m
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My sister, niece and grand-nieces traveled from Delaware for my ordination. Out of three days, I only spend a 5 good hours with them. Two hours were spent at Riverbanks Zoo before I had to hurry back to the church Annual Conference. TIME WELL SPENT❣...More

Thank Teresa C
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gard is a more manageable "boutique" experience compared to, say, the San Diego or Bronx Zoo. And that is a good thing. Rather than an exhausting trek, Riverbanks smaller size allows you to get more "up close and personal" with...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place. Clean, lots of shade, lots of benches, many eating areas. Enjoyed the exhibits very much. Quite entertaining even without children

Thank vjalb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent zoo. Amazing attractions and animals. You must visit if you are in Columbia, SC. Monkeys are my favorite!!!

Thank Vicki F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little zoo. Not overwhelming to cover and nice exhibits. I have to say I enjoyed this zoo as much if not more than the San Diego Zoo. Price was affordable for a family. Children under 2 free, adult $15.00. During the time we visited,...More

Thank CatLL
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is your typical zoo. It is widespread out so you never feel like you are stepping over anyone and it was just fun and a good place to go with the family. It is clean and makes you enjoy it even more.

Thank lydgood0510
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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