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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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Wonderful experience!

Visited with our 3 year old grand daughter. She loved every minute of it! Great value and the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Longwood, Florida
Great time

Went after not being for a year. They've added river otters and sea lions. Nice clean zoo. Animals... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brooke P
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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 weeks ago

Visited with our 3 year old grand daughter. She loved every minute of it! Great value and the animals are well cared for. Can't wait to visit again.

Thank 783lynnj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went after not being for a year. They've added river otters and sea lions. Nice clean zoo. Animals all seem happy and healthy. Worth the money to us.

Thank Brooke P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So I called ahead to get some information about the latest at the zoo & gardens. The woman was pretty helpful & upfront over the phone. It is certainly more affordable to buy your tickets online ahead of time (saving around $2.20 per adult &...More

Thank CookerOfFaith40
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've always liked zoos, and I really like being close to animals in natural-seeming habitats. This place does that nicely. The botanical gardens are beautiful.

Thank Bill B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Positive review. Zoo wad clean reasonably priced and exhibits and animals in excellent condition. Our 3 year old grand daughter loved every minute of it.

Thank sn0wmaiden11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My mom is an avid gardener so I signed us up for the fairy garden class offered Mothers Day weekend. Instructor was knowledgeable and helped us all to tap into our creative side. Plenty of planting options were on hand to create our very own...More

Thank Shalawn J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the afternoon at the Riverbanks Zoo. We weren't sure of the zoo size and the admission seemed a bit steep at first, but we went anyway. After going to the Zoo, it was a reasonable price and worth the admission. The grounds are well...More

Thank ntlwhlr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to go visit for the day. There are a lot of different animals to see and a very huge garden. Very worth visiting at least once for a day.

Thank firemanst13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved this place!!! Honestly the animals seemed happy here. They were all moving around, not just laying around like you see in most zoos. My daughter pointed out that they all look happy. She said they are showing off. Friendly staff. Nice place to spend...More

Thank ascrappinmom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful zoo. Great for anyone. We did the zip line canopy tour which was a fantastic experience, the constructors were absolutely amazing. Wonderful variety of animals. Saw many animals I've never seen before and had an experience of a lifetime.

Thank beccabailes
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Idella D
Can we bring I mms water and good
16 June 2017|
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Response from Charles Y | Reviewed this property |
Technically, no. However, they are very reasonable there and as noted the concessions are priced less than you would expect.
Do you have scooters available for those that can't walk too far?
1 May 2017|
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Response from HbgSC | Reviewed this property |
I am sure the zoo will help with any needed accomodation
Mariaelena C
can i bring a small rolling cooler with a packed lunch, snacks and bottled drinks?
19 April 2017|
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Response from HbgSC | Reviewed this property |
not inside the Zoo, but there are areas just outside the main entrance