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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Great Zoo! The kids loved it too!

This zoo beats the Washington DC national zoo and is worth the trip! We loved all the full... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2010
Columbia, South Carolina
Wonderful day

We did a behind-the-scenes tour about grizzly bears and it was great! You can sign up at the... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2009
Aiken, 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...more
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500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
+1 803-779-8717
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Reviewed 12 October 2010

This zoo beats the Washington DC national zoo and is worth the trip! We loved all the full exhibits! The puffins are soo cute we watched them and the Emporer penguins for about 30 minutes. They were fun and the room was cool. The snakes...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2010

The grounds were in good condition, pretty flowers and shrubs in pots, it was hard to overlook the smallness and barren pen the four elephants were in. Not to mention the awful enclosure for the lions, so artificial and hardly any shade for these lovely...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2009

We did a behind-the-scenes tour about grizzly bears and it was great! You can sign up at the website, in advance. Best parts of the zoo were seeing where they cut up and prepare the animals food, and also the flamingos were cute because there...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2009

We have enjoyed multiple trips to the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden in Columbia, SC. The diversity of the animals is exciting, and there are multiple programs for students and for families. In the "off" season, some of the food vendors and other attractions may...More

Thank melarina
Reviewed 29 June 2009

I am a college student who took three kids- 8, 9, and 13 year olds- to the Riverbanks Zoo for a day trip last week. Every one of us absolutely loved it, and agreed it was worth the 3 hour drive each way. Much to...More

Thank Jack R
Reviewed 28 June 2009

I live nearby, and keep a season pass to this Zoo. I have loved it for many years, even though the zoo keeps changing...I saw the original gorillas on loan from the Chicago Zoo; I had seen them before, in Chicago! The gorilla exhibit is...More

Thank scbeachblonde
Reviewed 2 June 2009

We visited the Zoo this past Saturday. We spent about 4 hours and saw almost everything in the Zoo. We did not venture in to the Gardens. There were 4 adults and 1 child in our group and he wasn't going to stand (or walk)...More

Thank knshirle
Reviewed 24 April 2009

Great zoo to visit while in Columbia. The animal exhibits were very interesting and covered a wide variety of habitats and types of animals. Loved the giraffe and lorikeet feeding! Beautiful grounds to explore and enjoy!

Thank DizTravelMom
Reviewed 1 January 2009

What a great zoo, combined with wonderful gardens. Very user friendly. We have seen bigger, but the quality is very high at Riverbanks.

Thank Steveramble
Reviewed 26 October 2008

We had a great time at the zoo. Lots of interesting animals and exhibits. Many of the animals were out and easily visible during the late afternoon and early evening. Definitely an all day trip. Possibly two visits, if you want to see both the...More

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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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$20.00 at door, $18.00 online.