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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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Great Zoo -visited with all my furry, fuzzy , winged and Reptile friends

Great Zoo 1 has gotten better over the last few years. saw the fantastic Komodo dragons, Koalas... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Edward S
Lexington, South Carolina
Relaxing place to stroll

There was a decent amount of animals to see... after visiting I realized how sad zoos make me feel... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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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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500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
+1 803-779-8717
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great Zoo 1 has gotten better over the last few years. saw the fantastic Komodo dragons, Koalas , flamingoes, Lions (African Lions) , Tigers , and Bears ---Oh my ! saw the Aquarium displays, and the apes and monkeys too ! and enjoyed the walk...More

Thank Edward S
Reviewed 3 days ago

There was a decent amount of animals to see... after visiting I realized how sad zoos make me feel - mostly because the animals appear so sad and bored. But they appear to be very well cared for and were in clean cages/pens. Initially it...More

Thank Hello420
Reviewed 1 week ago

Riverbanks Zoo is a first rate zoo that can be enjoyed by all ages from kids in strollers to senior citizens in wheelchairs (both of which can be rented at the zoo -- the chairs and strollers, not the kids or adults!). A relatively new...More

Thank mfweave
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have visited the Riverbanks Zoo a few times with my son and grandchildren. When I moved to the Lexington area last year we visited again and enjoyed it so much we took an annual membership. Having visited many zoo's around the country I am very...More

Thank champion27
Reviewed 1 week ago

I always enjoy myself here! I enjoy the scene, the people and just the entire atmosphere. I'm loving the new additions too!

Thank capri1971
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I, being empty-nesters, were mostly interested in the botanical gardens, but the ticket price includes the zoo as well. The gardens had limited color, given that it was winter. Still, my wife was delighted to see tiny irises in bold blue bloom....More

Thank WestvaleWally
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in Columbia, SC and looking for a great place to spend a morning with them, this is a great place. A very wide variety of animals and reptiles and birds and a great botanical garden to top it off! You can watch...More

Thank Satprabhu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great zoo if you find yourself in columbia with an afternoon with nothing to do. Family loved spending the day here. Would recommend checking it out.

Thank Morison J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love going to this Zoo! There are always different animals and really neat exhibits. It is always well kept and the animals all look healthy and relaxed.

Thank baileyhope74
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been in Columbia for several years and never checked out the zoo. A surprise visit from my little nephews took us there. I was surprised by all the zoo had to offer in way of exhibits and interactive elements like feeding the birds. It's...More

1  Thank Birgitta J
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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 Ingrid B | Reviewed this property |
I can not truly answer that because I live in Pennsylvania and I am not sure I think if u call them directly they can answer you