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“I love this zoo!”

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden
Ranked #1 of 109 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to nearly 2,000 animals that represent more than 350 species from around the world. A visit to the Zoo will play host to an array of wild adventures from a diving expedition on a Pacific coral reef to a safari through the plains of Africa to an interactive Outback encounter with a flock of sociable lorikeets. The Botanical Garden boasts 70-acres of unparalleled beauty and is considered one of the America's best public gardens. Dramatic and themed gardens showcase more than 4,300 species of native and exotic plants, providing a living classroom for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. The Garden also is the gateway to natural river views and spectacular valley overlooks. In addition, guests can view structural remains dating back to the early 1800s with South Carolina's textile industry and the Civil War.
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“I love this zoo!”
Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

I have came to this zoo a couple times while in South Carolina for vacations. I LOVE this zoo. Theres alot of animals and alot of other things to do here also! Feed a giraffe, ride a pony, kangaroo walk about, farm where you can feed goats and stuff and much more. If you come here you will want to make sure you have enough time so you can see everything. I can't wait to go back here on my next visit to S.C.

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Center Point, Iowa
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“Great Zoo”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Visited here with my daughter before dropping her off at college. It always has been a great place to visit and still is. There have been changes since we last went with them removing the old, outdated seal habitat and replacing it with a kangaroo walkthrough area. They are raising money to build a modern seal exhibit in the future. Easy place to walk around with lots of little extras for the kids to do. Some nice indoor exhibits to take in when it gets too hot or rains. Parking is convenient and free.

Visited August 2012
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Ridgeway, South Carolina
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“My first visit to the Riverbank Zoo”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

I loved the beautiful landscape and the nice layout. I enjoyed everything about my first experience there.

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“Extroverted animals in a beautiful setting”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

It may have been the weather (cool and brief rainstorm after a period of hot weather) but the animals during our visit were very active and visible. The exhibits are beautifully designed and the overall layout of the zoo is easy to navigate, with something of interest around every bend in the well-maintained pathways. Equal parts zoo and botanical gardens, this was a very pleasant afternoon. The grandkids loved it and so did I!

Visited August 2012
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New York City, New York
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“4th Best Zoo in the U.S.”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

When you are from New York you don't get impressed very easily. Well this zoo was amazing and we very impressed!. The way is designed is easy to navigate as you sort of go in circles. The exhibits are incredible. The grounds very well kept, gorgeous gardens even on the zoo side. The volunteers and staff are so dedicated and friendly, definitely show how proud they are of this facility. I learned from one of the volunteers by the name of Art that this zoo is rated as the 4th best in the country. We have visited the Miami Zoo, San Diego, Bronx Zoo in New York and others, I have to say we loved this one. There is a tram available to go from the zoo to the Botanical Garden, otherwise get ready for a loooong walk.

Visited August 2012
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