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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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Wonderful Zoo and Gardens

Pros: free parking, lots of animals, indoor aquarium/reptile house, indoor Bird exhibit (including... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Great place to spend a day

I visited Riverbanks wirh my 92 year old dad who has been a member for years. The West Columbia... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
ne14monet
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Columbia, 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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“zip line” (111 reviews)
“pony rides” (63 reviews)
“ropes course” (59 reviews)
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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 3 days ago via mobile

Pros: free parking, lots of animals, indoor aquarium/reptile house, indoor Bird exhibit (including penguins), petting zoo, rides, can feed giraffes, beautiful gardens, splash area for little ones and play area. Tuskers restaurant has salads, burgers (including black bean), and wraps. There are also vegetarian options....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I visited Riverbanks wirh my 92 year old dad who has been a member for years. The West Columbia entrance is easier to get in by having parking closer to gate. The botanical gardens are colorful in all seasons with a variety of seasonal plants....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there specifically to try the zip line. After we had paid i overheard another employee telling the group next to us that it was mandatory that they all had closed toed shoes on. Well, our guy did not bother to tell US that...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The zoo and the gardens are really a good value. I like the layout of both, easy to see everything in 1/2 to 3/4 of a day. Food and refreshments easy to find, with a good assortment. The zoo is an easy walk and is...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been going here since I was a child. Now I'm bringing my children and they love it. The new splash pad area is great. It is a little bit of a wait for the trolly (not much though) but it is well worth...More

Thank James M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Riverbanks Zoo is one of the nicest zoos in the South. It is well laid out and the grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained. Many of the exhibits had a staff person available to provide additional information and answer questions. They were all very...More

Thank Doc687
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Could spend all day there watching the animals. The garden is wonderful with all the different colors and types of flowers.

Thank Lisa070161
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to several zoos in the United States, such as, NC and CO but Riverbanks Zoo is by far the best. The beautiful scenery and the various activities for the kids such as, riding ponies, train ride, and the carousel. The kids favorite...More

Thank dneese2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It had been a while since I visited our zoo in Columbia so when I had the opportunity to go with my sister-in-law and my 2 great nieces, I jumped on it! I was not disappointed! Riverbanks is a wonderful park that offers something for...More

Thank teri7478
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The riverbank zoo was a nice zoo with great selection of animals and great facilities. It was awesome how they had a zoo and walk across the bridge to the botanical gardens. And also had a water park for children. Great property to spend a...More

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TheFarmersWife713
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Lisa C
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Response from kedkap | Reviewed this property |
Yes if the weather is not to cold. Very good zoo for kids.
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