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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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Mr Richard and the monkeys

While my wife and I were camping in Columbia, we decided to take our 2 grandson's ages 4&5 yr's old,to the zoo. . We went on a week day and the park was not very crowded... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

While my wife and I were camping in Columbia, we decided to take our 2 grandson's ages 4&5 yr's old,to the zoo. . We went on a week day and the park was not very crowded. The sun was shining and the wildlife was very animated. My grandsons ask more questions about the different animals than I could answer correctly.... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I love Riverbanks Zoo. I've visited zoos all over the world and Riverbanks always has been and continues to be one of the nicest zoos I've ever visited. It's clean and well designed. The animals are all well cared for in well thought out spaces. The zoo participates in a number of conservation programs and has excellent educational information available.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Enjoyed a Sunday morning walking through the zoo with the kids.we got there as soon as the zoo opened and that really paid off because it wasn't really hot yet and the animals were moving around and we enjoyed seeing the animals moving. The highlight of the day was feeding the giraffes. Seeing amazing animals that close up can't be... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Ok. Not as large as other zoos. Food and drinks extremely expensive. Not a lot of shade area. Extra charge to ride the carousel that's inside the gate.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Great Zoo a must see if in Columbia or worth the trek to visit with family. AAA rate has a great discount available online preorder and dont have to stand in long lines. Even if crowded crowds flow easy over huge areas.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We have a membership, and go about once a month. The membership is well worth it! There is always something new to discover! We can't wait for all the renovations to be complete, though.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It is very relaxing to stroll around the zoo and observe the animals. The atmosphere is like a well kept park, with many venues for food .

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This was a great experience for the grands, they enjoyed seeing all the animals. We stayed most of the day and they were tired when we left.

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Lexington, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you live within driving distance of the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, you must get a membership. It will be one of the best investments you can make. We have the Grandparent Level of membership and take our grandchildren there monthly during the winter and more frequently during the summer. It is convenient for us to park on the... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Was a great visit at the zoo. Nice level walkways for those that might be challenged in walking. Nice clean family attraction with a wide variety of animals.

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Additional Information about Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

Address: 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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