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Address: 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210
Phone Number: 803.779.8717
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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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A Wonderful Afternoon Out

Riverbanks is a delightful zoo that is just great for walking around and seeing the animals. The walk up to the botanical garden is worth the additional sweat involved rather than... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Riverbanks is a delightful zoo that is just great for walking around and seeing the animals. The walk up to the botanical garden is worth the additional sweat involved rather than taking the transport. Everytime we go to Riverbanks we comment that it is one of our favourite zoos.

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Greer, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I have been here many times and I never tire of seeing the animals. I especially enjoy the giraffes and Lorakeets. Lorakeets are beautiful Australian birds. You can go inside their habitat and they are flying all around you and landing on you. This is my favorite exhibit. I pack a picnic lunch and go out to the car when... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Was one of the top 10 zoos in the US at one time. The animals are in their natural habitat (no fences). If you come at the right time you can watch them feed the sea lions. There is a bird house which houses exotic birds and reptiles. It is on the banks of the Saluda River in Columbia SC.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The riverbanks staff works really hard to keep this small zoo nice and tidy. It may not be the biggest and most robust zoo, but they take great care of it.

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Honea Path, South Carolina, United States
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Riverbanks Zoo is a great zoo. They have many animal exhibits. The entire zoo is clean and well taken care of. The exhibits are easily accessible to everyone. Each exhibit has an explanation of the animal. There are a great number of animals on exhibit. All of the employees I encountered were very friendly and helpful. I think Riverbanks zoo... More 

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Mallorytown, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We were not expecting much but we're really surprised. We entered thru the gardens which were lovely. We took a tram to the zoo area. It was over 100 degrees and we thought we would bake. The zoo is fairly shaded. There are not a lot of animals but what we saw was great especially feeding the giraffes. What a... More 

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Huger, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

We planned our visit early in the morning to avoid the heat and get the most out of the zoo. All the animals were out and we were able to feed the animals and our 2 year old rode a horse.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We are new to Columbia and this was our first visit. The zipline was a Father's Day gift to my husband, he went with his son and daughter while I toured the zoo with our granddaughter. I'm a big fan of zoos, been to them all over the country and this one is really good. The zip is great, several... More 

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Gilbert, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

They keep expanding and making the zoo a more exciting place to visit for people of all ages. They now have a zip line and are planning to bring the seals back.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

It was hot! Fortunately zoo has plenty of places to go inside and see great exhibits. Favorite part for myself and my grandchild was feeding the giraffes. Looking forward to returning when the seals/sea lions arrive.

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Additional Information about Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

Address: 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210
Phone Number: 803.779.8717
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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