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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Address: 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210
Phone Number: +1 803-779-8717
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to nearly 2,000 animals that represent...

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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What a great American zoo

Very entertaining, always growing, the animals are very well maintained. Year-round events keep the experience fresh

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sharon K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very entertaining, always growing, the animals are very well maintained. Year-round events keep the experience fresh

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very nice zoo. It has lots of activities for kids. It is an easy place to see in a day long visit. Been to lots of other zoos including Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. Not on same scale but very nice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Suprisingly large zoo with a lot to do. Be sure to check out the gardens across the river. Lots of things for young as well as older kids to enjoy.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Admission is free on Fridays is January. Well kept botanical gardens are my favorite with water pond to add to the tranquility.

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had not been to the zoo in a few years. We were so impressed with the updates and as always, the zoo is kept in tip top shape. The animals are well cared for and the grounds are lovely. The photo opportunities are plentiful. Even the gift shop personnel were kind, helpful and accommodating. We are never disappointed when... More 

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Kissimmee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful zoo..Animals are very well taken care of and have great habitats. Zoo is medium size and takes about 3 to 4 hours to go through. Admission price is very reasonable and well worth what you pay. Great place to visit for all ages..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful day at the zoo, excellent variety of wildlife and lots of things for the children to do. I really liked the new sea lion exhibit, bright and airy and views from many angles.the day I was there the Lions were posing for pictures and the bears were playing and relaxing. All in all it was a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been to a number of Zoo's and I would rate this one as one of the nicest. Very impressed. They have done a great job with the habitats and information for visitors. Easy to get to.

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Parkersburg, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My cousin and I are complete zoo fanatics! We went expecting greatness and it was nothing less. Unfortunately, everything we were really excited about seeing was either asleep or not out at all(tigers, koalas, and kangaroos). Otherwise, we had a wonderful time!

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Riverbanks Zoo recently completed a new sea lion exhibit as well as a new entrance and pedestrian bridge. It is well worth the price as adult tickets are $13.75 and children are $11.25. There are opportunities to feed giraffes, llamas, goats, birds and more. Our favorite animals are the sea lions, lemurs, elephants, giraffes and koalas. There is a high... More 

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