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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 #1 of 100 things to do in Columbia
Type: Gardens, Nature & wildlife areas, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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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fletcher
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168 reviews 168 reviews
18 attraction reviews
326 helpful votes 326 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Columbia can be a little gritty and kinda run down but the zoo is the exact opposite of downtown. The animals all seemed well cared for and active. the setting was very peaceful and lots of foliage and vegetation, so you don't even notice your a few blocks from the interstate and just a few miles from downtown. Everybody enjoyed... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

Great family day, plenty of staff to keep things tidy and direct you when you need it. Such a fun day. Lots of exhibits, not too crowded, plenty of bathroom facilities. Will visit again!

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Rivrbanks Zoo is such a quality experience , I would give it ten stars if I could! Columbia is very proud of this fabulous venue and rightfully so! There's a lot to see and do and offers fu. For all ages! Don't miss!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

So much too see in such a little time available. There were all kinds of cute and interesting animals here, from your little koalas to the fluffy penguins. This really eased the pain of the parents about finding a right place for our little devils!

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Love visiting the Zoo with friends and taking my younger nieces and nephews. We always have wonderful time. If you like flowers, you'll definitely want to to see the botanical gardens. Absolutely beautiful!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I love Riverbanks...I used to come here as a child, and now I come here to bring my nieces and nephews. I love seeing the animals and the beautiful facility. A word of advice: come during the spring or fall, when temperatures are mild. After late June it gets so hot you can't really enjoy the place, and the animals... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This zoo is sooo much fun! New exhibits are added all the time. My favorite is the Penguin House. A whole bunch of penguins are right on the other side of a huge glass window. The Nights Before Christmas is a beautiful holiday time with the zoo being lit with special Christmas decorations. The botanical garden section is gorgeous and... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

In its 40th year, Riverbanks Zoo is continuing to improve and freshen itself. Despite the construction most of the zoo remains open. In addition to the animal exhibits, there is Zip at the Zoo with 7 zip lines and a vertical ropes course, the Sky-High Safari, to help entertain the young ones. The zoo has plenty for everyone including a... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I like to take my son in January and February when local residents can get in for free. It is cold, but the animals are more active and there are a lot less people. I have heard several people say the aquarium is better than a unnamed aquarium in Charleston and the zoo is a lot cheaper. You can feed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This zoo is really fun for kids and adults of all ages. It boasts more than you would expect for a zoo in this area of the south.

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