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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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Best zoo in the southeast

Lions tigers and bears oh my, every type of animal water land or sky. They chirp they grawl they... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Steven S
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Columbia, South Carolina
via mobile
Always A Good Place to Spend An Afternoon

We have been coming here since our oldest was a toddler. This place never lets you down, even in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
jporter704
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Mint Hill, North 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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lions tigers and bears oh my, every type of animal water land or sky. They chirp they grawl they hop they swim lazy or playful scary or sweet they have them all with an experience that can’t be beat

1  Thank Steven S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been coming here since our oldest was a toddler. This place never lets you down, even in the winter.

Thank jporter704
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well lit pathways and beautiful displays. My husband and I loved watching the children and the animals as the sun set and the lights came on to celebrate the holiday season.

Thank Katherine C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a group of students here last summer. As the only "real zoo" in the state of South Carolina, it's kind of small (but then, I am comparing to the national zoo, as well as ones in Chicago and New York, so that is...More

1  Thank lessaneta
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The zoo is in excellent condition and very clean. The weather was 60-70 degrees and all the animals were out and visible. Great selection of extra affordable activities such as carousel, zip lining, train ride. I would highly recommend it.

1  Thank Rochelle S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Riverbanks Zoo is a great attraction for both kids and adults. They have adults only events in the evenings as well as kid friendly activities during the day. The up close animal encounters are highly recommended. I also recommend getting a membership if you...More

2  Thank Nshea1977
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited during a Grandma vacation. She loved the grounds and was delighted to see so many animals. The best part was the gardens. She loved the gardens-everything wheelchair accessible.

1  Thank Michele739
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots to see here. Very family oriented. Beautiful scenery & several nice things to do. Great place to take kids.

1  Thank Debbie2132013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo is amazing even in cooler weather the zoo is so aesthetic beautifully designed maximum viewing of animals and clean laid out so well it is a fantastic zoo and the Botanical Gardens are beautiful as well

Thank inbdouglass
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit just keep in mind that if you plan on going on a cold day many of the animals will not be out. The giraffe feeding was canceled so disappointed but we got to see the bears up close. They have a...More

Thank Ricardo C
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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.
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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
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