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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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First time visiting

I expected a small and short visit to this zoo but a was mistaken this is a great place to visit... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2016
Ricardo C
via mobile
great zoo

we went early in the morning, we parked real close, it wasn't real hot yet and the zoo was so nice... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2016
Burton, Texas
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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 24 June 2016 via mobile

I expected a small and short visit to this zoo but a was mistaken this is a great place to visit definitely big enough for a day trip I was very impressed with how close you can see the animals and feed the giraffes for...More

Thank Ricardo C
Reviewed 23 June 2016

we went early in the morning, we parked real close, it wasn't real hot yet and the zoo was so nice, clean and full of courteous staff.

Thank BarbJ816
Reviewed 22 June 2016

This may not be the largest zoo around, but it has a big variety of animals, and the new seal and sea lion exhibit is top notch. Everything is very clean, and the zoo is well landscaped throughout so that you don't feel as if...More

Thank AnnfromKY
Reviewed 22 June 2016

This Zoo and Botanical Garden is truly a unique experience for adults and children! It's clean and the animals look healthy and well cared for. Absolutely a must if you're visiting the Columbia area and have time to spend 4 to 5 hours here.

Thank Cosmo45
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

We love Riverbanks Zoo. They recently brought back the sea loins and opened a new water park for the kids.

Thank Amanda D
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Everything about Riverbanks is First Class!! The habitats are so natural yet you can still easily see the animals. Feeding the friendly giraffes is a highlight!! Being able to see a gorilla with just a piece of plexiglass between you and him is memorable! The...More

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Best to choose a time when the kids are in school, but the zoo does not feel run down or dilapidated in any way like some others I've bee to around the world. They have active conservation programs, plenty of food and drinks around and...More

Thank Byron C
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

You really get up close views of many animals here. Most animals are in nice roomy habitats unlike some zoos with cages. You can feed giraffes and birds. Go early in the summer because it can get really hot.

Thank Kimberly B
Reviewed 21 June 2016

I love going to the zoo. I recommend going to see the sea lions and otters first. After that go to the Penguins they might smell but they are so cute. You don't have to worry about lunch because they have a restaurant there named...More

1  Thank James K
Reviewed 21 June 2016

This zoo is AMAZING! Koalas, grizzly bears, a kangaroo exhibit you can walk through--I was so impressed this zoo is in Columbia!

Thank Cris J
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
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
Can I bring in my kids snacks and juice?
1 April 2017|
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Response from Candra T | Reviewed this property |
yes. we packed lunches, snacks, and water bottles.