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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Address: 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014
Phone Number: 803.779.8717
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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 beautiful setting in Columbia!

We enjoyed a day long [9 a.m. -3 p.m.] visit at the Zoo. Being a member of the American Zoological Association I presented my membership card and received a nice admission ticket... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed a day long [9 a.m. -3 p.m.] visit at the Zoo. Being a member of the American Zoological Association I presented my membership card and received a nice admission ticket discount. [Hint] If you are military and have VA or current military ids do not hesitate to use them anywhere you can. The Zoo is a well designed... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Love the changes and the additions! Keep up the good work! The zoo cards are convenient and feeding the animals is a treat!

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Thank MzBrown803
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Extensive expansion and renovations have made this zoo a real destination. If you live within a day's ride and like zoos, you'll love this one. Well worth a road trip.

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Thank Bbryant11
Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For years we've enjoyed going to this fantastic zoo and now it's even better with the addition of the new sea lion exhibit. We took out teen age grandsons to Zip the River and they so enjoyed that. Getting a family membership pays for itself very quickly.

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Thank 723beckf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great time there are plenty of places to cool off. My son loved the penguins. There is so much to do here. We only looked at the animals. But there is a splash pad and Botanical Gardens. You can feed the giraffes and lorikeets and goats and things. My son also love sea loin landing. Hope your... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We always have a great time at Riverbanks. There is plenty to do with the kids. Staff is friendly, Zoo is kept clean

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They were doing work close to the entrance. However, once we got in to the zoo everything was clean. Didn't stay too long as it was very hot, but we enjoyed viewing the animals on display. We didn't get a chance to visit the gardens. I will definitely visit again when its not too hot. We were able to purchase... More 

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Thank jadamom
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great facility, my daughter-in-law is from NY and said our zoo compares as good as or better than the Bronx zoo. The family had a fantastic time looking at all the exhibits and having some fun food to eat. It was a leisurely stroll thru the zoo and the parking was convenient too.

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Thank Jeff L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of attractions and rides. The whole family has a great time whenever we make the trip. Splash park area of the garden is a fantastic edition. We have had annual membership 2 years running, and intend to keep renewing.

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Thank Jennifer R
SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My niece and nephew came to visit and had an amazing time at the zoo. The alligator exhibit was their favorite. They watched as zoo keepers fed the well trained gator. The koala exhibit and aquarium were fun to see as well. The exhibits were clean and the food at Tusker's restaurant was surprisingly very good as well. A great... More 

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