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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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Well maintained zoo with Great variety of animals

This zoo is always busy everyone I visit. They have been adding on new attractions and improving... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
William F
,
Aiken
A Solar Experience

The Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden is in and of itself a fantastic destination for anyone... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Paul A
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Stafford, Virginia
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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This zoo is always busy everyone I visit. They have been adding on new attractions and improving all the time. It is very clean, we'll maintained and employees are very knowledgeable.

Thank William F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden is in and of itself a fantastic destination for anyone visiting the Midlands of South Carolina, or even any looking for a day trip while visiting a location nearby. It is by far one of the best laid out...More

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best zoo in the southeast by far. Lots of great animals for both the young and old to enjoy. The splash pad and gardens are great also and deserve a visit as well.

Thank U2721YZchrisc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family visited many zoos around and this one is the best zoo ever. It's small compare to other places yet it's packed with more animals and activities for the entire family to enjoy. Definitely the #1 place to visit if you are in Columbia,...More

Thank Hyung K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful zoo that has interesting exhibits and beautiful walking trails. It is a wonderful place to visit for those of all ages.

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great zoo for big and little kids alike! Must visit if you are in the area!!! Lots of nice places to eat there too!!!

Thank Ron S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibits are very nice and the Botanical Gardens are beautiful. It's a great place to walk and enjoy th scenery.

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pros: This zoo is huge! Lots of animals and plants. All of the plants and animals looked well-care for. Has some aquarium tanks and cold-weather penguins! The botanical gardens were a nice bonus with the zoo admission. Cons: Some of the signs were missing or...More

Thank RoapTripper3081
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If visiting Columbia with a young family this is a must do. A large zoo very well maintained, beautiful plants and exhibits. It looks like the animals love it here.

Thank ceramicartist2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was really hot the day we went but it was a lot of fun! The meerkats and ring tailed lemurs weren't out, I think their cages were being renovated, but we still saw a lot. It was during the hottest part of the day...More

Thank Heather B
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vickydavis95
12 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
12 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 Sarah R | Reviewed this property |
I would say water yes, cooler no. There is a picnic area outside of the zoo, near the bus parking by the river.
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