We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

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
Review Highlights
Fantastic family day

This zoo is awesome! The animals are in big"ish" enclosures and appear happy and playful. Some zoos... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Yonkers, New York
via mobile
Fantastic Riverbanks Zoo

This zoo is one of the best I have ever been to. The animal displays are conducive to their... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Read all 2,302 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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%
Travellers talk about
“zip line” (95 reviews)
“pony rides” (60 reviews)
“ropes course” (50 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
+1 803-779-8717
Write a Review
Reviews (2,302)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

21 - 30 of 2,281 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Let me begin by saying I can't turn down going to a zoo but I'm not big on zoos. I usually feel bad for the animals especially the big cats and bears. This zoo has always had a better vibe. You can tell a lot...More

1  Thank PhoodPhantom_MO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited several times and I am always surprised by its ability to sustain its magnitude in a city as small as Columbia. However, it is always full so it has a great deal of support. The exhibits and living spaces for the animals...More

1  Thank LadiesUsedToVamp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though we live in Columbia this is still a good zoo with lots of features that make it unique. Kids and adults alike will not be disappointed.

1  Thank Pamela A
Nearby Restaurants
Nick's House of Pizza Restaurant
69 reviews
1.20 km away
Cabanas Restaurant
5 reviews
1.33 km away
Waffle House
16 reviews
.82 km away
Terrace Restaurant & Lounge
7 reviews
.75 km away
Nearby Attractions
Spa 131
11 reviews
2.32 km away
Palmetto Outdoor Center
19 reviews
2.04 km away
South Carolina State Museum
492 reviews
2.57 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
21 August 2017|
Response from Sarah R | Reviewed this property |
I would say water yes, cooler no. There is a picnic area outside of the zoo, near the bus parking by the river.
28 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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
Idella D
16 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from firemanst13 | Reviewed this property |