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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

Address: 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210
Phone Number: 803.779.8717
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Ranked #2 of 27 Activities in Columbia
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoor Activities, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A popular zoo best known for its beautiful butterfly gardens and family-friendly atmosphere.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoor Activities, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: A popular zoo best known for its beautiful butterfly gardens and family-friendly atmosphere.
Useful Information: Activities for young children

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

One of my kids said "it has potential". The 6 of us (mom, dad, 19 yr old Army pvt son, 17 yr old daughter & boys 11 & 6) went to the zoo after BCT graduation. There was a LOT of construction & the aquarium was closed. We were a bit bummed. We've been to a lot of Zoos in... More 

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Chesnee, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

This was a awesome "date" for me and my fiancé. Seeing all the animals and watching the feedings...got to feed the giraffes out of our hand. We will return when they have the seals and sea lion attraction up in 2016. Awesome place for a days visit.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

really good day animals really close to see and enjoy. well laid out. when new exhibits open should be even better. gardens really good as well as forest trails

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Oxford, Alabama
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This was our first time to visit this zoo and it def will NOT be our last! A lot of construction was going on but we knew that going in so we overlooked it. The animals seemed closer and every one was active except the lion. Rarely do you get to experience so many animals who are active and so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This state of the art, beautiful zoo boasts amazing exhibits, a huge variety of animals, gorgeous wildlife, breathtaking gardens, and riverside walking trails. Pack a picnic and plan to spend the day! This is a must see on your visit to Columbia.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I usually would give this zoo 4 stars, but right now the zoo is a mess due to construction. They did too much at one go. Also, because of the construction the paths are changed, and everything seems much more crowded. I just paid almost $200 for a membership and I wish they would have given a discount due to... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

My kids enjoyed the zoo and it made for a quick day trip from our home in Charleston. I bought tickets online and they scanned the e-tickets from my phone at the gate. That made the experience very easy. I've never been to a zoo where you can get this close to the animals and my kids absolutely loved it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

We love this zoo. Great things for the grand baby as well as for grownups. Don't miss the gardens. Plus they have many events highlighting the best of Columbia. The dates are available on website.

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Advance, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I had read recently that this was rated by Yahoo as one of the top 20 zoos in the world. I wondered why??? So I took my family to Columbia over Christmas break for a visit. Our only experience with zoos is the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro and the National Zoo in D.C. This zoo beats both hands down!!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Columbia has a treasure in our zoo. They are currently under construction, but still worth the trip.

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