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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210
803.779.8717
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Ranked #1 of 53 attractions in Columbia
Type: Zoos, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking
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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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Bears moved to another zoo until next year as they build new home for bears and added otters. It looks like about 1/3 of zoo is under construction. I would suggest waiting until Spring 2015 to visit again. But we will still go visit again this fall as we love the zoo.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is the only major zoo in the Carolinas and is an easy day trip from Charlotte, NC and major cities in South Carolina. The zoo charges $13 per adult, a deal compared to zoos in other major cities, while still offering exciting exhibits and favorite zoo animals including lions, tigers, koalas, kangaroos, gorillas, giraffes, zebras, elephants and more. The... More

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

It's the first zoo which I've visited that allows you to walk side-by-side with kangaroos and wallaby's. The admission was about $14 per person. There is construction happening, and will continue to happen until mid-2016, so parts of the zoo are blocked off and some of the animals (in our case today the bears are visiting another zoo during construction)... More

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Concord, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I visited Riverbanks Zoo with my niece, nephew, granddaughter and another family. The children were various ages and everyone, including the adults, loved this zoo. We arrived at 9 a.m. and the animals were out and active. The zoo is not spread out so far that you need the tram; you can easily walk the zoo. The food is somewhat... More

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Tampa, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

RIverbanks Zoo and Botanical gardens is a great place to have fun and relax. I love zoo's and this one is my favorite. This zoo may be small, but it has huge impact and punch. From childrens programs, ziplining, and adult education (hands on classes), there is something for everyone! The design of the zoo makes you feel like you... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I haven't been to the zoo in several years, and we decided to go a few weekends ago as a fun activity. We loved it and were not disappointed at the vast array of exhibits.

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Gastonia, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Comparing it to San Diego, Columbus OH and Cleveland OH I was surprised at first in how small the zoo was. As I explored the zoo it was incredibly impressive how much they have on site and how much character this little place has. Granted it is a huge property if you figure the botanical garden, but I was just... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This Zoo is simply amazing! Love the atmosphere and the whole environment! Definately a plus when going to Columbia!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

The new climbing walls and the ropes/zip line make a great addition to the animals ... we love the gorillas, elephants, and giraffes.

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Irmo, South Carolina, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I love this place my children enjoy it every time we come. The food is a bit pricy but besides that fun fun fun

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