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Address: 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210
Phone Number: 803.779.8717
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Hiking
Description: A popular zoo best known for its beautiful butterfly gardens and...
A popular zoo best known for its beautiful butterfly gardens and family-friendly atmosphere.
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I take my kids over 20 times a year. It's a great zoo which is uncommon for a medium sized city like Columbia. Food/drinks are pricy so just carry your own.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Columbia, SC
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Columbia, SC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I take my kids over 20 times a year. It's a great zoo which is uncommon for a medium sized city like Columbia. Food/drinks are pricy so just carry your own.

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Seneca, South Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Right now the zoo is doing some construction, but the way they have everything laid out if you didn't look for the signs about it you would never know that they were doing construction. It was a rainy day when we went, but it didn't make our trip any less enjoyable. There are many different animals here so there is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

First visit lots of fun for the kids. The rides were a bit over priced but my daughter still had a lot of fun. The area was large, it took about 5 hours to walkeverywhere. There were lots of new exhibits under construction for next year.

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Augusta, GA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I am a firm supporter of Zoo Atlanta. But, that was in the day when it was really well ran and the animals were great. Riverbanks is at that place now...and the scenery is great. Props to whomever put it together. It is pleasant for couples during the week who just want a day away...or for children on the weekends.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

What an amazing zoo! Loved feeding the birds, giraffes, and seeing kangaroos up close. Lots of choices for food. The ability to walk to the gardens was nice. Well worth the money!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

My wife and I had a great time at the zoo. Best up close exhibit of Koalas we have seen. The lions were outstanding. The new renovation will make the zoo even better. Take the tram to the gardens - very nice! Take the woodland walk back, you will love it!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This was my first time visiting the zoo since I was young, and it's even better than I remember it being! The only thing that was disappointing was that the penguin exhibit was closed during my visit, but zero complaints about my zoo adventure. Lots of animals from caymans to gorillas and baby koalas. You will NOT be disappointed with... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

I've been to this zoo numerous times and its always a good outing. I've been with my older parents, friends, and husband. It's a very nicely laid out zoo and very clean. If you're in the area in August, their Brew at the Zoo event is awesome!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

this zoo is terrific. not overwhelming because it's small, so a nice couple of hours to see everything. The gardens are a must-see, and if you walk it from one to the other, it's a great little hike as well. You can do the shuttle if not. It's worth a visit for sure.

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A fairly compact zoo and botanical garden, but well maintained and interesting. Easy to get around with a shuttle between the garden and zoo. Lots of construction going on now, but not too noisy or distracting

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