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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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Finest Zoo in the South East

Everything about Riverbanks is First Class!! The habitats are so natural yet you can still easily... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2016
Susan H
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
As expected everything you want to see is here

Best to choose a time when the kids are in school, but the zoo does not feel run down or... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2016
Byron C
via mobile
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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 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
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

The zoo is always fun. We go atleast twice a year they keep adding more and more attarctions and animals. The animals seem happy and well taken care of. The monkey attarction is always fun excitement i love the tigers. The penguins. The Gorillas feeding...More

Thank Crissey C
Reviewed 21 June 2016

I loved the Zoo with it's newest attraction of Sea Lions. There is so much to see and do at the Zoo. Kids shouldn't get bored. They now how Waterfall Junction so the kids can cool off when they get hot. So many animals to...More

Thank Rzsarge
Reviewed 20 June 2016

Nice zoo. Lot's to see, more than you initially think. My daughter loved the carousel ride. The gardens are very nice to walk through and the splash park is awesome. The splash park's location is inconvenient. It's next to the botanical garden which is up...More

Thank Ann Marie F
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

This is the best Zoo. Very easy to navigate. Animals are very visible and you are able to see everything in one trip. I would suggest you start your day with the front and if you're traveling with young kids finish up with the splash...More

Thank Kattia47
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Went at 1030am on a Saturday and it was completely packed. Would suggest going really early when they first open or during the week if you can. It was a really nice zoo!

Thank JayStubbs1982
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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