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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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Small but good variety of animals

This was by far the smallest zoo I have been to. It however was well kept and had new attractions... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2017
Marlena C
,
Georgia
Best attraction in Columbia

All-around great experience; never disappoints. New exhibits and animals coming all the time. The... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
DrBond
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SC
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“zip line”(110 reviews)
“pony rides”(62 reviews)
“ropes course”(58 reviews)
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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...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
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+1 803-779-8717
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

This was by far the smallest zoo I have been to. It however was well kept and had new attractions and buildings. A couple of the bigger attractions were closed for repairs when I was there but it was still nice. Also a few of...More

Thank Marlena C
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

All-around great experience; never disappoints. New exhibits and animals coming all the time. The botanical gardens are a hidden pleasure. Never crowded.

Thank DrBond
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Great place to visit when in Columbia South Carolina! Not just for children! Adults will love it too!

Thank Janet S
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

This zoo has all the exhibits you would expect from a major zoo. It even has a carousel and an opportunity to feed the giraffes (a favorite of mine). Beware: if you go in the summer, Columbia is hot, hot, hot!

Thank Neely L
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

I take my daughter to the zoo quite often, especially now that they opened a splash pad. Make sure to bring your own straw, they stopped giving straws out to customers who purchase ICEE'S or drinks.

Thank Chelsie L
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

If you start out feeding the lorikeets they will be hungry and you will get a LOT of attention! If you go later, they aren't hungry. Kids under 8 might be freaked out by all the attention but my 8, 9, 12, and 18 year...More

Thank JourneyGirl1970
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is a FUN place for the WHOLE FAMILY! All of the animals were there and the party was on! If you need to get out and take a walk this is the place to do it, If you can not walk long or far,...More

Thank Liv H
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

My wife and I, as well as several guests, have spent an afternoon at the zoo and found it to be a wonderful and relaxing environment. The inhabitants are treated well and come in a wide variety of species. Last time we went to the...More

Thank Donald K
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susan o, Public Relations Manager at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

Hi Donald! Thank you so much! We appreciate the stellar review and are so happy that you all enjoyed your visit. We hope you will visit again soon! Thank you also for purchasing a Riverbanks' membership. Support from our members is fundamental in the Zoo's...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

A huge upgrade from 10 years ago - a MUST GO for everyone that lives here in South Carolina and ALL visitors!!!

Thank MissTika15
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Riverbanks is not just a zoo. There are gardens to explore, regularly scheduled events and activities. And a zip line! There are many venues featuring food. The animals are exotic and so well cared for. This attraction is not quick view. Plan to spend the...More

Thank gypsyrose53
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Yes if the weather is not to cold. Very good zoo for kids.
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