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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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Great rime

Was visiting from North Carolina and was highly impressed with the zoo.I have been to many zoos and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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First time visit with an International Vistor

My Fiancee and I visited this Zoo because she has never been to one. She was incredibly impressed... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lord V
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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 2 days ago via mobile

Was visiting from North Carolina and was highly impressed with the zoo.I have been to many zoos and this one easily.compares to Asheboro zoo in North Carolina.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My Fiancee and I visited this Zoo because she has never been to one. She was incredibly impressed with how well the animals were taken care of, the cleanliness, and the helpful staff. Prices were decent for a Zoo...$40 for us both and that included...More

Thank Lord V
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took our 3 & 5 year old granddaughters to this zoo for a few hours before a late family wedding and they had a great time. Get a map to find out the times of the special feeding shows - sea lions, penguins. These...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Spending a few hours at the zoo and gardens is a very pleasant way to fill an afternoon. Clean, well kept, great, helpful employees.

Thank sallysue1279
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's better than I expected it to be. Very clean and well kept. Displays we very organized. Good family day.

Thank Anthony S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I have memberships to the zoo. Have had them for over five years. We usually enjoy our visits. However today was different. Every kiosk was closed giving you limited selection of snacks while at the zoo. Some of the animal exhibits were...More

Thank Rizzo8520
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I went here to see the new zoo babies(gorillas and lion cubs). The gorilla exhibit was very informative leading up to and during the feeding session. I also had the bbq pork nachos which were delicious. My family truly enjoyed themselves and...More

Thank Andrae B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Here for an afternoon while being Hurricane Florence refugees. It's a great place. Very well done. Well laid out. Lots of hands-on experiences. Incredibly fun for kids and all. Also an accompanying garden, which is equally exceptional. Short walk or tram ride to the garden....More

Thank arthur0215
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were debating on this or the Greenville zoo while traveling back home from vacation. We are glad chose the Columbia zoo. It was extremely clean, well kept and beautiful scenery. Our kids (6 & 9yrs old) had a blast looking at all the animals...More

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 1 week ago

unique experience - Great place to explore and learn Nice time to get away from normal routine - Zoo, Garden, aquarium, and botanical garden

Thank zvpade
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6 September 2018|
Response from Melissa C | Reviewed this property |
It’s around $19-$20 adult and $17 child. Order online tickets and it’s cheaper.
veronica s
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.
Theresa B
24 July 2018|
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Response from maxie5 | Reviewed this property |
I looked this up on google: Koalas are mostly nocturnal animals and they are most active during the night and at dawn and dusk. This is because in the cooler hours they are less likely to lose precious moisture and energy... More