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

Features Animals
500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
+1 803-779-8717
Review Highlights
Amazing Zoo!

On August 21st, my family and I went to the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens to view the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Boca Raton, Florida
Pro & Cons

I'm not into zoo's but this one is really a beautiful place where you can spend the day with your... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Grecia D
Read all 2,352 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” (100 reviews)
“pony rides” (60 reviews)
“ropes course” (53 reviews)
Open 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 (2,352)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 2,331 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

On August 21st, my family and I went to the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens to view the eclipse, since it was in the path of totality. Upon arriving, the zoo had clearly prepared well for the extra influx of people coming: there were very...More

Thank s29521531
Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm not into zoo's but this one is really a beautiful place where you can spend the day with your whole family. I like the idea that they help the animals and they spread the word about the preservation of the environment and wildlife BUT...More

Thank Grecia D
Reviewed 4 days ago

We bought our tickets ahead of time, online- save a few dollars! Just my partner and I, but it really looked like lots of kids were having a blast everywhere! The weather was great, so lots of animals were out and about, great to see...More

Thank sunflowwer
Reviewed 6 days ago

after a long day of traveling and driving i wanted to take my grandchildren somewhere they would like they wanted to see animals and they loved this zoo i will be returning soon

Thank bettysmith078
Reviewed 1 week ago

There was more than we could possibly do in the 4 hours we were there. The sea lions, gorillas, grizzly bears, and turtles were our favorites. Food was tasty. Best zoo in the southeast by far.

Thank Sightcee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were excited to come here for both the animals living as naturally as possible and to go to the gardens. We never got to the gardens. We were told we had to walk over a bridge that appeared to be 1/3 of a mile...More

1  Thank mindelles
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited this zoo multiple times over the last 30 years. it has always been a leader in habitat and exhibits. It is always changing so you can visit multiple times and see different things. They now have zip lines in the park which...More

Thank Joe K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's been years since I've been to the zoo, and this just topped off my summer. I felt like a big kid seeing all the animals. Great clean zoo and I'll definitely be back.

Thank Crawford84
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time. We went for my daughters 6th birthday, and both she and my 3yro loved it! Even though it was not the biggest zoo we have been to - National Zoo in DC, San Diego Zoo - there were lots of...More

Thank sbirello
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great day with the family. The season pass is really great for frequent visitors. Food is much better than it used to be. Plenty of activities for everyone to be entertained for the whole day.

Thank kookipus
Nearby Restaurants
Nick's House of Pizza Restaurant
69 reviews
1.32 km away
Cabanas Restaurant
5 reviews
1.47 km away
Waffle House
16 reviews
.68 km away
Terrace Restaurant & Lounge
7 reviews
.62 km away
Nearby Attractions
Spa 131
11 reviews
2.45 km away
Palmetto Outdoor Center
20 reviews
2.18 km away
South Carolina State Museum
510 reviews
2.67 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
12 September 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from RJCrapps | Reviewed this property |
Many to choose from in close proximity. Embassy Suites is about a 1/4 mile from the zoo entrance.
12 September 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Linda H | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend Homewood Suites by Hilton, on Greystone Blvd., i have stayed there when traveling with family to visit the zoo. They have a delightful indoor pool. It's also very conveniently located, close to the zoo.
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.