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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Address: 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
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+1 803-779-8717
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to nearly 2,000 animals that represent...

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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A must see if in area!

We loved the additions and animals! The zoo was packed however still found parking easily. Feeding for giraffes 10:00-1:15 and worth not missing if you can plan for.

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Michelle Y
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Greenville, South Carolina
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Greenville, South Carolina
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83 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We loved the additions and animals! The zoo was packed however still found parking easily. Feeding for giraffes 10:00-1:15 and worth not missing if you can plan for.

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Thank Michelle Y
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I absolutely love this zoo! They have gone more than the average effort to give the animals there as natural environment possible. You can tell that everyone working, and volunteering theirs time at this zoo loves the animals who inhabit it. It easy to see all the animals in 3 to 4 hours, but also easy to spend the entire... More 

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Thank Linda H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had not been to the zoo in about 5 years, and was amazed at all of the changes! The zoo was awesome, the sea lion exhibit is world class! We really enjoyed hanging out at the zoo and walking around. We didn't make it to the botanical gardens on this visit, but have in the past. My wife loves... More 

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Thank Bryan W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband surprised me with a trip to the Zoo and botanical garden, I loved every minute, not big but with a lot of fun things to do and see, I love the animals and the area was very well designed and well kept, lots of families wow!! Kids were having lots of fun. Must go

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Savannah, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went with a carload of 4 children ages 3 - 15 and they all had a great time. We got to the zoo about 11am, and we had to drag the kids out of the park when it was closing at 6pm. They loved it, and were ready for more. The zoo sits in a wooded area along a... More 

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Thank bluepelican
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This zoo is much smaller than some others and was amazingly crowded, but was laid out nicely and has beautifully landscaped displays. Great for kids.

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Thank vbarshis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I love coming to this zoo. The exhibits are well maintained. They have a wide variety of animals here. The staff isn't ever that nice at the food stands around though which kind of upsets me, but I still enjoy myself here

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Thank Emilygray41
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my fiancée decided to come to Columbia for the weekend and the zoo was great. The kangaroos and elephants were my favorite. Expect to pay the usually outrageous pricing for food and drinks. Sun screen cost us $16 alone, fun trip for couples or Families.

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Thank Casey G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family loves spending an afternoon at the zoo, year round. Riverbanks if a first class place to let the kids imagination soar.

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FORT SMITH, AR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our first zoo in years and it was great, Easy to find your way around. Very good displays. The garden was small but nice. Lots of food vendors.

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