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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, South Carolina 29210 USA

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Sun 9a-6p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“more than 2000 magnificent animals!”

Riverbanks is home to more than 2,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of the nation's most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens. The lush 170-acre site features dynamic natural habitat exhibits, scenic river views, spectacular valley overlooks and significant historic landmarks. For more than 30 years, Riverbanks has provided individuals, families and groups with a common place to connect with and learn about the world's wildlife and wild places. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden not only serves to protect rare and endangered wildlife and wild places, but also is caretaker to a number of Civil War era historic sites located within the Zoo on both sides of the river including: Saluda Factory Interpretive Center, Covered Bridge Abutments, Camp Sorghum, Saluda Factory Historic District and Sherman's Rock.

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Reviewed by
KariLehman

  • 11 Reviews
  • 28 Helpful
May 20, 2013

$11.75 ADULT
$9.25 KID
$20 UNLIMITED RIDE/ATTRACTION BAND

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
shellxanderandjustin

  • 5 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
October 15, 2014
Rated 4.0

I have been to many zoos in my life and for the price, this zoo is not bad at all. On top of animals there is also a gardens (plus trails across the bridge) that are fun to navigate and look in. The gardens themselves are beautiful and I would not mind hosting my own wedding there. The animals are very engaging and the staff seem very friendly. There is also wine tasting sessions and such there for adults on some nights. A word of caution, though, if you want to avoid a clamor of children and overcrowded exhibits in which the animals would rather hide than carry on as usual, then it is best to go when school and work hours are in session. Food is a bit pricey, also, so I would suggest packing a picnic or lunchbox.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kbell5

  • 7 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 16, 2017
Rated 5.0

SOOOOOOO much fun!! Not to crowded and plenty to do. The seals were a hit but monkeys howling at each other were my favorite. Lions, Tigers and Bears! Great Day

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Reviewed by
flippincool

  • 10 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 01, 2015
Rated 4.0

Cool zoo. We got there about an hour before closing, but still managed to see most of it. They've got a carousel, giant turtles, and flamingos.

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Reviewed by
Greg

  • 7 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 26, 2014
Rated 4.0

This zoo has strong roots to my childhood and alot of memories. They have added alot more to the zoo over the years. I used to go swimming in the river next to the zoo every summer has a kid. Over all, its a great place.

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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, South Carolina
29210 USA

Hours

Open now until 6:00 pm
  • Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun, Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
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