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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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Perfectly nice visit

Zoo was pleasant and animals seemed well cared for. Not sure $20 wristband was worth purchase for... read more

Reviewed today
rachelincharleston
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Best Zoo Ever

I've frequented this Zoo for about 14 years and it never fails to evolve,adapt, and inspire. The... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
NarrowMender
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Lexington, South Carolina
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
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+1 803-779-8717
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Reviewed today via mobile

Zoo was pleasant and animals seemed well cared for. Not sure $20 wristband was worth purchase for unlimited carousel rides and train rides but we were also there on a weekend and missed feeding the giraffes!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I've frequented this Zoo for about 14 years and it never fails to evolve,adapt, and inspire. The more things change the more they feel the same as far as the amount of awe and wonder you feel. I've been able to feed Giraffe's,hold a hedgehog,pets...More

3  Thank NarrowMender
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a really nice zoo. A lot to see and do. I was very impressed! Not to big and not to small. We saw everything in an afternoon, though I would definitely plan a longer day next time, so if I want to see...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was a little worried it may not be as amazing as we are used to, since we usually visit Asheboro, which is huge. Riverbanks is small but that actually is a great thing. It was easy to see it all, including the shows/feedings. We...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the zoo with our 5month old. The zoo was easily accessible with our pram and there was lots of see and do.

Thank Liz L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I guess for a Zoo in South Carolina it’s fair. There was nothing extremely exciting about it and nothing terribly awful either. We went as a family afternoon outing. The animals at that point were already tired of the tourists looking at them and it...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited RIverbanks Zoo for the first time. Now I must say that my review is a bit biased, because we live less than two miles from the Columbus Zoo in Ohio and have had numerous personal experiences with Jack Hanna. Be that as it...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’m always impressed with the Riverbanks Zoo. It’s always clean and there’s so much to see and do. We’re members and sometimes we only go to the botanical gardens for the splash pad area (the gardens are gorgeous too) and sometimes we only go to...More

1  Thank jam1ecarr
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my favorite zoo to visit! It has so many unusual animals that are endangered & you don't see at other zoos! I took my 2 granddaughters 12 & 15 & we had a ball!! We first fed the giraffees & that was so...More

1  Thank sleebrownies
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took grandson to Zoo after spending night at Embassy Suites. Arrived around 9:30 am and pretty much had zoo to ourselves. It began to sprinkle about 10:30 during sea lion show. We found staff friendly and knowledgable. Since it was raining we couldn't use train....More

1  Thank cindeeandjim
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Yes if the weather is not to cold. Very good zoo for kids.
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