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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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A great little zoo with a strong family vibe

We went on a warm day in January and enjoyed the zoo. The staff all seemed happy to be there and... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2017
freebirdVT
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Vermont
Mr., Mrs., Ms.

This is a great zoo. Kept very clean. Animals look very content in their areas. They have a large... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2017
Shirley M
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Aiken, South 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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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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+1 803-779-8717
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

We went on a warm day in January and enjoyed the zoo. The staff all seemed happy to be there and some were very knowledgeable about the animals. Be sure to look at feeding times and get to that exhibit a bit early to get...More

Thank freebirdVT
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Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great zoo. Kept very clean. Animals look very content in their areas. They have a large variety of animals.An extra benefit visiting this zoo, it has a large and beautiful Botanical Garden. They have a large variety of flowers that are well...More

Thank Shirley M
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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Took out of town guests to enjoy the Zoo and the Botanical garden. Had a wonderful time in a magnificent setting. The animal species; aquarium and reptile complex, bird house and interactive activities were a real treat and so enjoyed all the plants. (Winter so...More

Thank Thomas C
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

We went to the zoo before returning home to Anderson. This was not my first visit but went to zoo for something to do. It is ok to visit but not a lot of excitement for older kids. The animals were not very active. maybe...More

Thank John J
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

I didn't expect much from this zoo. My husband and I are both from Maryland where we have the National Zoo so our expectations have always been high. However, both of us were pleasantly surprised. First, they have a military discount which is awesome. My...More

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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This is a first class zoo in the United States with everything from mammals, to reptiles, to amphibious species, as well as, a separate botanical garden featuring many plants indigenous to Columbia and the Southern landscape. Very entertaining for children is the petting zoo that...More

Thank tcm5769
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Riverbanks is a great zoo and has something for everyone. I recently went with my daughter, niece and nephews and we all have a great time. I loved sitting and watching the sea lions. Excellent value trip.

Thank Paige G
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We used to go to the Lights at the Zoo for years but since our children are all grown we haven't been in a while. We decided to go with them this year and was pleasantly surprised at all the wonderful changes and updates that...More

Thank eyeamready2go
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is a great zoo. 1. It is a perfect size. Not too large, not too small. 2. It is shady in the summer. 3. You can do a whole day or just a few hours. 4. There are rides and the animals are well...More

Thank magjek
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

With all the new(er) attractions at Riverbanks, you can't afford to miss taking your family to this zoo! River otters, grizzlies and the new Sea Lion Landing are incredible additions to an already great wildlife experience. In the warmer weather, the new Waterfall Junction is...More

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