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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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Riverbanks Zoo is in my opinion is one of the best zoos in the US Southeast. They have lots of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
kateyeargain
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Evans, Georgia
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Great Place for the Entire Family

I grew up going to zoos with animals in cages, and even as a child, I was under impressed seeing... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
kejarvi
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West Rutland, Vermont
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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

Riverbanks Zoo is in my opinion is one of the best zoos in the US Southeast. They have lots of interesting animals and fun experiences for visitors of all ages to enjoy. It was rainy the day we went, and there were very few places...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kateyeargain
Reviewed 5 days ago

I grew up going to zoos with animals in cages, and even as a child, I was under impressed seeing all the animals. I never could understand how the animals could be happy in smelly, small enclosures. Not so at Riverbanks. The animals are in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kejarvi
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great, walkable zoo with knowledgeable, caring staff. Be sure to see the baby gorillas and plan your visit to incorporate animal feedings or educational lectures.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Andrea F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited San Diego and LA zoos frequently before my move to the East Coast. I expecting to be a little underwhelmed here but wow was I wrong. Some of the exhibits at this zoo blow even San Diego out of the water. The care...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Michelle_Haley
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We come to the zoo to get our exercise and see interesting animals along the way. My son’s favorite place is the fish exhibit and the kangaroo walk-thru. Lots to explore!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an initial visit in August cut short by a leg injury that put me in a rented wheelchair to return to the car. Our return was on a nice sunny day in January when I could walk on my own. Crowds were very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Ragatech
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff at the zoo were very friendly & while to zoo is on the snaller side, it was still a good visit. The walkways do feel cramped for the amount of visitors they have & the parking lot isnt the best.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Go563340
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got to town and were not expected to get be in our other destination until way later in the day so we decided to go to this botanical park. To be honest, I had no idea we had to pay as I thought it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ace0022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place .Clean ,friendly.People having a great time.When it became dark, The Christmas lights are lovely to see.I would recommend the zoo to any age .Great fun!

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank pmk450
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were there on a Sunday, so it was not crowded at all during the day. Great zoo, big, and full of amazing animals. The lights during Christmas HOWEVER- NOT WITH THE MONEY TO SEE

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank eqw1982
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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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Response from Angie N | Reviewed this property |
$20.00 at door, $18.00 online.
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