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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Closed Now: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Fantastic Zoo

Just got done with the zoo and what a gem. All of the exhibits provide up close encounters. The... read more

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804michaelr804
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Corning, New York
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Fun day trip with family

This zoo was awesome! My favorite part were the otters, they were so adorable when they played and... read more

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nicolettek489
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Irmo, 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...more
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500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
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Reviewed today via mobile

Just got done with the zoo and what a gem. All of the exhibits provide up close encounters. The animals well cared for. The only downfall is there is an entrance fee then additional fees for things like a rock wall, zip line, bird feeding...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed today via mobile

This zoo was awesome! My favorite part were the otters, they were so adorable when they played and swam with each other. The sea lion show was so cute too, I could watch them all day. Definitely going back for a season pass.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed today via mobile

Well kept animals, beautiful landscape. Friendly staff and volunteers. Healthy for animals and people. Many newborns and new animals: two baby gorillas, giraffe, seal, two lion litters. .

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed today via mobile

I haven’t visited this particular zoo in a while but wow what amazing changes they’ve made! Now I see what all the talk is about! They’ve added so much and it’s so much nicer now. They’ve got baby animals all over the place too! I...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A fun place to go but if it’s summer time bring water. Especially if your going to go between parks. Kids always enjoy it here. Moderately priced

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jpsmith81
Reviewed yesterday

We were in Columbia for a family gathering and had some time to kill before other family members arrived, so we went to Riverbanks Zoo. The exhibits are very well done, the animals look well cared for and were more visible than many other exhibits...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jmopaso
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited here to see what was new, because it had been years since our last visit. Had a Great Time. Really enjoyed our visit and by the way this was all adults.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Nolen_Jay
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love Columbia and all it has to offer. The campus is breathtaking and the zoo is one of the best in the country.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank loiss237
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time visiting this zoo. Have a great time. Will definitely be back with family. Certain areas are very kid friendly which is very nice to have.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank E3878JHjenniferm
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the zoo on a Thursday in March, while the advantage was it was not at all crowded, the disadvantage was that almost all the restaurants, food vendors and such were closed. Also closed were the giraffe feeding station, the koala exhibit and the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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bebit42
20 January 2019|
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turpin106482018
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.
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Michelle1253
6 September 2018|
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$20.00 at door, $18.00 online.
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