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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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Good zoo option in the area

Living in Charlotte (and not having a zoo), I had heard good things and it didn't disappoint. Don't... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Charlotte, North Carolina
Great Zoo and gardens

First off I Hate Zoo but love this place. Th is may be the best Zoo I have been to. Clean ,fun and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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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

Living in Charlotte (and not having a zoo), I had heard good things and it didn't disappoint. Don't come here expecting San Diego or DC obviously, but for a city the size of Columbia, it was very good and worth a drive from Charlotte. Not...More

Thank CMO816
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

First off I Hate Zoo but love this place. Th is may be the best Zoo I have been to. Clean ,fun and educational with any hands on opertunities for the kids. The place is spread out so be prepared to walk you will do...More

Thank Victor L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We enjoyed our two day visit to the Riverbanks Zoo. It has great exhibits and animals and staff. The boys really enjoyed the Sea Lions and Aquarium. We went back the next night for the Boo at the Zoo and the boys loved trick or...More

Thank MarneMP
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A lovely small zoo that has a varied selection of animals, all in home from home environments, disappointed the giraffes were closed to feeding due to no food , We visited on a quiet day so not busy and thoroughly worth the money for a...More

Thank sargepants
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The zoo is not very big but very nice thing to do. Me and my 21 year old daughter enjoyed going. Had a good time.

Thank jerryleow
Reviewed 1 week ago

great place to visit! The botanical gardens are a must see! very pretty plants and flowers. I recommend a visit here if you have the chance.

Thank carrigo1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided at the last minute to your the zoo. It was a nice day, partly cloudy. We went after 2pm. The zoo was not overly crowded. The animals were active and the cages looked maintained. The snakes were all moving about, which was cool...More

Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I spent 3.5 hours here without any trouble, the time flew by as we watched the sea lions being fed, the Siamang gibbons talking to each other, feeding Bruce the giraffe and the Australian lories, the radiated tortoises in a pack of...More

Thank palekh
Reviewed 1 week ago

Every year we visit the zoo. Very clean, kids under 12 love this place, but for me, I am 35 I LOVE that we can touch the giraffe, feed them and have very close a giraffe is amazing!! My kids love this part of the...More

Thank Elba m
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My sister, niece and grand-nieces traveled from Delaware for my ordination. Out of three days, I only spend a 5 good hours with them. Two hours were spent at Riverbanks Zoo before I had to hurry back to the church Annual Conference. TIME WELL SPENT❣...More

Thank Teresa C
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12 September 2017|
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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|
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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|
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Response from Linda H | Reviewed this property |
No coolers, or "outside food" is allowed inside the zoo, but you can use the picnic area by the bus area. FYI, if you're planning to eat at the food concessions inside the zoo, plan your budget accordingly, their prices are... More