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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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Great atmosphere

The animals are all very well taken care of and the grounds are well maintained. I adored the sea... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tulsa, Oklahoma
via mobile
Fantastic visit to the zoo!

My family and I recently visited the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden and were really impressed... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
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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
+1 803-779-8717
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The animals are all very well taken care of and the grounds are well maintained. I adored the sea lion show, it was great seeing the trainers in action! The penguin feeding was adorable as well!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My family and I recently visited the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden and were really impressed with what was offered. They have many great exhibits and many unique amimals and experiences to keep the family entertained. My family consisting of boys ages 7, 9, and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated on the river, the Gardens were spectacular in October and compared favorably to my many visits to Kew Gardens, London. The Zoo has many different species, and in many cases, such as with the Australian keets, kids can feed them and let them fly...More

1  Thank DeanLewis47
Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Augusta and we love to take our twins to the zoo for any time we have a long weekend, etc. in the spring and fall or can take off on a weekday (to avoid crowds). Due to being in the south, I...More

1  Thank Krista M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Riverbanks is a very good zoo. The animals are well cared for and seem content. The overall grounds of the zoo are well maintained. Also the restaurants are decent and not too pricey. They provide a nice respite from the heat of summer.

1  Thank Kim E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the price of admission, this place is comfortable, affords terrific interaction with animals, and is always well kept and clean.

1  Thank GeneralBeauregard
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love our zoo. Great for cool spring and fall days. Plan to spend the entire day. Enjoy all the exhibits

1  Thank terrigore
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting this zoo. Animals seemed to have reasonable enclosures and the facility was well maintained as were the gardens. The trams were appreciated and we were able to see nearly everything in an afternoon

1  Thank luthardt2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It has been a while since our last visit. There are lots of improvements! Lots of new exhibits. And new baby animals!

Thank Roy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a small zoo and botanical garden, this attraction was excellent. It's one of the best zoos we've seen in years. Although some of the restaurants were not open due to the season, there was no problem finding something to eat. We spent nearly an...More

1  Thank John_Nick_in_GA
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19 October 2018|
Response from genenewton | Reviewed this property |
They have free wheel wheel chairs available on a first come. I don't know how many they have. I had mine with me. It was a very enjoyable afternoon for the 3,8,35,I'll leave it at that) Ha Great time. Enjoy
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 Jodi H | 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.