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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Open Now: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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The Zoo Lights are Wild

I have been to this zoo many times and truly enjoy it. I have been to many zoos from Cleveland to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lake City, South Carolina
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A Packed Day

If you go to the Zoo, plan your route. There are several additional activities (these are... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Amber W
Columbia, South Carolina
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  • Average5%
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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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500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have been to this zoo many times and truly enjoy it. I have been to many zoos from Cleveland to L.A. and from Washington DC to Mexico City and this one can hold it's own against any of those. Tonight, however, I visited their...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you go to the Zoo, plan your route. There are several additional activities (these are additional costs) like the ropes course, rock climbing wall, carousel, face painting and feeding the giraffes and birds, to name a few. And, then there are the gardens. They...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Amber W
Reviewed 6 days ago

when we lived in columbia, we bought a year pass. our favorite time to go was sunday mornings. i love that the animals have plenty of space to move around. beautiful zoo!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Susan B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Riverbanks does a wonderful job with these family friendly evebts. Looking forward to the zoo lights in December as well.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ahoughro
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best zoo's in the US. I was surprised to find such a wonderful zoo in a city like Columbia, where there is not much to do and to see.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank AnnaKelina
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such a great zoo! So much packed into one location. The fact that they have a zoo AND a botanical garden (admission includes both) has won my 5 star review! I wish we had a zoo like this close to home. My kids...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank YoonieL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love the Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden! We brought our daughter 20 years ago before we moved to the area and now my husband and I visit he zoo at least once a month! It’s expanded quite a bit, but still is not TOO...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank crdcrz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

one of the better zoos i have been to. lots to see and watching people just as entertaining as seeing the animals

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Susan L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Our son took us and his family here on a cool afternoon. There weren’t many people there, so the botanical garden open areas were rather empty, but we could understand why this park would be full when the temps get warmer. The botanical gardens are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mink52
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took the kids to celebrate a birthday. The zoo was awesome and the kids loved it. What’s not to like about a zoo. It was clean and spacious. You won’t be disappointed.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 147waymang
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19 October 2018|
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Response from RoyMc1967 | Reviewed this property |
Here is their information number, 803-779-8717. They do have power chairs available for rent , not sure of their pricing.
6 September 2018|
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Response from Angie N | Reviewed this property |
$20.00 at door, $18.00 online.
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16 August 2018|
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Response from jodih792 | Reviewed this property |
I bought a family pass that’s good for 13 months with extra passes & tickets for special events. I think I paid $125 or $150 for this. I believe just to walk up to the ticket booth, it’s $20 for adults &. $16 for kids.