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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 Zoo

We were 2 adults and 2 children 5 and 3. This zoo is great, reasonable price to get in and includes... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2016
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
via mobile
Fun was had by all

Wonderful small zoo with a very good variety of animals and other activities. Very clean and the... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2016
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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
+1 803-779-8717
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

We were 2 adults and 2 children 5 and 3. This zoo is great, reasonable price to get in and includes the zoo and water park/gardens. Kids loved the rock climbing abd the water park. We look forward to returning in the future....

Thank deuce2001
Reviewed 7 July 2016

Wonderful small zoo with a very good variety of animals and other activities. Very clean and the animals looked healthy. A place you can visit for an hour or two or a good part of the day. A bunch of us adults and kids did...More

Reviewed 6 July 2016

Took my niece there two Tuesdays in a row. Pleased with the new water park for the family. Thinking about doing the zip line. Thinking!. Love the seals and gorillas. It was raining on one of the days and the animals were all worked up....More

Thank Ms_ZFT
Reviewed 6 July 2016

A fun family day can be had at the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden. Good displays, educational, beautifully laid out and decent food at the concession stand. Be prepared to drinks lots of water as Columbia temps can be sweltering during the summer days.

Thank PeacefulSoul2
Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

My daughter wanted us to come here so she could feed the giraffes. Unfortunately they only do it until 1:30 and we missed it so we'll have to go back again another time. We had a good time. The food and drink weren't too expensive...More

Thank Racheal S
Reviewed 6 July 2016

Great exhibits. Roomy and a variety of animals. Places to grab something to snack on or to cool off!

Thank 336wilhelminaw
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

It was 100 degrees out and we walked the entire place virtually always in the shade. Very well laid out. Parking was easy, price of admission reasonable, overall a very good adventure. We will surely be back next summer.

Thank MartinoMaximo
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

My family loves going to the zoo here, the zoo is so much fun and they have the best chicken strips ever at the snack bar. We all love them!

Thank Larry B
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

The zoo isn't huge but that may be a plus in a town that can be brutally hot in summer. It's very convenient to Columbia and I-26 if you're passing by. A simple figure eight layout makes seeing every exhibit simple and 2 hours or...More

Thank CaribMark
Reviewed 4 July 2016

It was awesome, the kids enjoyed it a lot, there is a feeding schedule check it out & plan your trip accordingly after you go there.. One good thing is that the attractions are close to each other, tough for the animals but easy for...More

1  Thank Rakesh_Ebull
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Idella D
Can we bring I mms water and good
16 June 2017|
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Response from Larry13C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we even bring snacks for our kids. Plus, the prices of the concession stands are really cheap compared to other events!
Do you have scooters available for those that can't walk too far?
1 May 2017|
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Response from HbgSC | Reviewed this property |
I am sure the zoo will help with any needed accomodation
Mariaelena C
can i bring a small rolling cooler with a packed lunch, snacks and bottled drinks?
18 April 2017|
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Response from HbgSC | Reviewed this property |
not inside the Zoo, but there are areas just outside the main entrance