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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
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Jewel on the Saluda

Columbia, SC in the summer is hot and humid, but the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden have a lot... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jeffrey L
Richmond, Virginia
via mobile
Great place for toddlers

The new splash area is a big hit with the younger kids! They have a lot in that play area to keep... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
+1 803-779-8717
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Columbia, SC in the summer is hot and humid, but the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden have a lot to offer for the day. On the zoo side there are some excellent activities for children to include feeding lorikeets and giraffes. A very nice reptile...More

Thank Jeffrey L
Reviewed 2 days ago

The new splash area is a big hit with the younger kids! They have a lot in that play area to keep the kids busy. Garden, dino dig, outside toys, and of course the new water area with slides and small water falls.

Thank lauren b
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fifteen years later we revisited the zoo as an "old married" couple without the children we entertained here during their childhood and it was AWEsome!! We took advantage of the creative marketing of "Toucan Tuesdays" and received BOGO. We enjoyed the zoo on an entirely...More

Thank Karendes231
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Zoo portion is fairly typical. (Of course, I'm a little biases because of the large enclosure spaces at the NC Zoo). The bridge over the Saluda River is terrific. Lots to see when were there (tubing parties, kayaks, and people flying over the river...More

Thank Rebecca B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We love Riverbanks Zoo! We love how varied the animal population is: lions, tigers, bears, gorillas, otters, seals and sea lions, penguins, giraffes, and more! Unlike other zoos we have visited, you won't see the same species in more than one enclosure, there are so...More

Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Love this zoo! Highlight is always feeding the giraffes. Small enough to walk comfortably with a large zoo feel. Great for all ages.

Thank ifitz4
Reviewed 1 week ago

The day was very hot however we manage to have a great time, Looking at the animal getting drinks and especially the shaded area. We enjoyed the day despite the heat, Will be returning soon.

1  Thank Sylvia S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my first visit to this zoo. While there may not be a lot of exotic animals, there is a great flow and the time disappears while going through exhibits. Concessions available throughout the park at reasonable prices. The splash area was small but...More

1  Thank Melissa T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are members of the zoo and we are continually impressed with the facility. We took visiting family and we had a great time. We usually eat outside of the zoo, however, we ate at the restaurant in the center and we were pleasantly surprised....More

1  Thank trexxxy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a good zoo. Worth visiting. But having visited many zoos across the country, I can easily name ten better than the Columbia Zoo. There is no way it's rated in the top ten as they claim. Maybe there is some obscure category that they...More

Thank genericjunk
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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
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I am sure the zoo will help with any needed accomodation