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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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Great birthday present

We had a really great time. Everyone who worked there was super helpful. I was able to able to rent... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2016
Rebecca M
Greenville, South Carolina
via mobile
Outstanding value

What a fabulous attraction. The zoo is well designed, all enclosures are well maintained... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2016
via mobile
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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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500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
+1 803-779-8717
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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

We had a really great time. Everyone who worked there was super helpful. I was able to able to rent a wheelchair for $8 which made it possible for my entire family to come. Thanks for that, it's not often that that happens. Make sure...More

Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 11 August 2016

What a fabulous attraction. The zoo is well designed, all enclosures are well maintained, clearly labelled and spaced apart without being too far from each other. There are some obvious main attractions, such as the aquarium, the seal lions and penguins dispays/demonstrations; the primate, koala...More

Thank Travelling_Bilbury
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

My husband's family came to visit us for the weekend. There were two children who were bother under two years old. We decided to all go to the zoo. It was a really good time. There is a lot of shade there and nice trees...More

Thank angelaoneye
Reviewed 11 August 2016

My son absolutely loves this place! We could spend hours here! The facilities are clean and the staff are friendly!

Thank Ken C
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Riverbanks Zoo is a must visit. They are always improving the area for the animals and visitors alike. During the holidays, starting at Thanksgiving is, "The Lights Before Christmas" Just fantastic to see, Lights in the shape of animals decorate the whole zoo, with hot...More

Thank sandraaP1175ES
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

I have been to this specific zoo about 5 times. The zoo has always been clean and the staff friendly but let's face it we go to the zoo to see animals! Every visit I lacked seeing something I really wanted to see, you know...More

Thank Jessica D
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Whole family ( 6adults, 4 children) enjoyed the zoo. Easy to get around, enjoyed feeding the animals. Petting zoo was fun for the kids. Clean bathrooms. Food was good, expensive but good. Would recommend to others and we would return for a visit.

Thank nanamick
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Went to the zoo on a Friday as it opened. the day was going to be 100 degrees. The zoo did a great job of providing some misting fans, shade and some air conditioned buildings to make it pleasant. Enough interaction for the young ones...More

Thank W6018AGmaryb
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

I have been to this zoo many times as a young child and have frequently returned in the last year or so because of all the new attractions and upgrades. Visiting this zoo is a perfect activity for anyone of any age! I love that...More

Thank Anna E
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Despite it being 97 degrees out when we went we still had a wonderful time! The zoo is big with lots and lots of animals to see. I was impressed with the cleanliness of the entire park and the friendly and helpful staff. After visiting...More

Thank Dawn364
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Response from SivasankaranT | Reviewed this property |
if you are in and around Columpia an attraction pass even for adult is useful as an adult need to accompany a toddler You may pkan for minimum of three trips in a year if you are not staying in the town this pass has no... More
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I am sure the zoo will help with any needed accomodation