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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

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500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
+1 803-779-8717
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Much improved

Rejoined recently after hearing of the upgrades over the past few years. Very nice atmosphere for... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David H
via mobile
Family fun

Expensive. $60. For a family of 4 with no extras. Nice zoo. Best in the 2 hour radius. Nice... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amy A
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
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+1 803-779-8717
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rejoined recently after hearing of the upgrades over the past few years. Very nice atmosphere for all ages.

Thank David H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Expensive. $60. For a family of 4 with no extras. Nice zoo. Best in the 2 hour radius. Nice staff. Could use more staff st exhibits to instruct.

Thank Amy A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While it's a smaller zoo it is really nice. You can Easily enjoy all attractions in one relaxing day.

1  Thank rgbaker77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are regulars here. I can honestly say it's the best zoo in the southeast. Even better than Atlanta. Spring for an annual pass and get the explorer option. You make your money back after the first trip.

1  Thank YoMama225
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Riverbanks Zoo has done some major renovations and it looks great. They have added new exhibits and activities for all. They even host different events for kids and adults. The zoo sits on the river which is another plus because there is river access...More

1  Thank SunnySam14
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first time seeing the sea lions. Try to be early to get to the presentation. i suggest upstairs as you can see more. Stick around and ask questions. They were getting a new presentation ready so were testing it out with just...More

1  Thank jim_albright
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On August 21st, my family and I went to the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens to view the eclipse, since it was in the path of totality. Upon arriving, the zoo had clearly prepared well for the extra influx of people coming: there were very...More

Thank s29521531
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not into zoo's but this one is really a beautiful place where you can spend the day with your whole family. I like the idea that they help the animals and they spread the word about the preservation of the environment and wildlife BUT...More

Thank Grecia D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We bought our tickets ahead of time, online- save a few dollars! Just my partner and I, but it really looked like lots of kids were having a blast everywhere! The weather was great, so lots of animals were out and about, great to see...More

1  Thank sunflowwer
Reviewed 18 September 2017

after a long day of traveling and driving i wanted to take my grandchildren somewhere they would like they wanted to see animals and they loved this zoo i will be returning soon

Thank bettysmith078
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vickydavis95
13 September 2017|
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Response from RJCrapps | Reviewed this property |
Many to choose from in close proximity. Embassy Suites is about a 1/4 mile from the zoo entrance.
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vickydavis95
13 September 2017|
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Response from Linda H | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend Homewood Suites by Hilton, on Greystone Blvd., i have stayed there when traveling with family to visit the zoo. They have a delightful indoor pool. It's also very conveniently located, close to the zoo.
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dolita1000
21 August 2017|
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Response from Linda H | Reviewed this property |
No coolers, or "outside food" is allowed inside the zoo, but you can use the picnic area by the bus area. FYI, if you're planning to eat at the food concessions inside the zoo, plan your budget accordingly, their prices are... More
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