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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

#1 of 109 things to do in Columbia Features Animals
500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
+1 803-779-8717
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This zoo is huge!!

So much to see and do! We were there for three hours and still didn't see everything! You can bring... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Desire s
via mobile
Top 5 Zoo

Sitting in boring Columbia is one of the best zoos in the country, as rated by several independent... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michael H
Conway, 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 through the plains of Africa to an interactive Outback encounter with a flock of sociable lorikeets. The Botanical Garden boasts 70-acres of unparalleled beauty and is considered one of the America's best public gardens. Dramatic and themed gardens showcase more than 4,300 species of native and exotic plants, providing a living classroom for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. The Garden also is the gateway to natural river views and spectacular valley overlooks. In addition, guests can view structural remains dating back to the early 1800s with South Carolina's textile industry and the Civil War.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
+1 803-779-8717
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So much to see and do! We were there for three hours and still didn't see everything! You can bring food and drink in! There's only two places to eat and it was kind of expensive. Other than that it was a great day! We...More

1  Thank Desire s
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sitting in boring Columbia is one of the best zoos in the country, as rated by several independent entities and magazines. The zoo has a wide variety of attractions, suitable for all ages. The animals seem very well cared for, and the enclosures are expansive...More

1  Thank Michael H
Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting botanical gardens in other cities, I was excited to take our out-of-state friends to the gardens in Columbia. First, we had to purchase a ticket for the Zoo, which was excessive since we had no interest in visiting the zoo. And then...what a...More

Thank Maralyce E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Many positives with the Riverbanks Zoo. Love the splash pad and play area in the botanical garden section. It is a fun spot for the kids (and perhaps the adults too). The tram ride down to the bridge to cross over the river into the...More

Thank Denise C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We often visit Riverbanks zoo with our seven year old daughter. The zoo offers numerous fun activities for the little ones, face painting is her most favorite. Look for the special events around Halloween and Christmas.

Thank Nikhil B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I bought a membership immediately. This zoo is perfect for a family fun day. Small and easy to navigate; there are just enough cool indoor places and water spritzers. The animals look content and well cared for. The workers are all polite and knowledgeable. We...More

Thank cooleylicious
Reviewed 1 week ago

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden is still one of the best zoos I have visited. With the new renovations of the Sea Lion area and others, it only adds to the remarkable experience of the visit. A must See!!!

Thank jody d
Reviewed 1 week ago

While on a bus tour we stopped at this incredible place. It is clean, well kept, has an interesting variety of animals, beautiful flowers and plants everywhere...more to do and see than you can imagine. What an awesome place...an adventure to remember. This place is...More

Thank Janis H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the zoo. The sea lion and seal show was good. I do wish you could pay cash for activities like carrousel and feeding the giraffe. You have to put money on a preloaded card. Other than that we had a great time.

Thank Jessica A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with our 3 year old grand daughter. She loved every minute of it! Great value and the animals are well cared for. Can't wait to visit again.

Thank 783lynnj
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Idella D
Can we bring I mms water and good
17 June 2017|
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Response from Charles Y | Reviewed this property |
Technically, no. However, they are very reasonable there and as noted the concessions are priced less than you would expect.
Do you have scooters available for those that can't walk too far?
1 May 2017|
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Response from HbgSC | Reviewed this property |
I am sure the zoo will help with any needed accomodation
Mariaelena C
can i bring a small rolling cooler with a packed lunch, snacks and bottled drinks?
19 April 2017|
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Response from HbgSC | Reviewed this property |
not inside the Zoo, but there are areas just outside the main entrance