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“Fun at the zoo.”

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden
Ranked #1 of 108 things to do in Columbia
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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.
Reviewed September 29, 2012

I was there as a participant in a graduate level course with Clemson University. It was interesting to visit some of the departments not generally accessible to the general public.

Thank BigBoyWorldDada
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

The Riverbanks zoo is on of the Midlands of South Carolina's best spots for a lazy day of animals, food, shopping and picture taking. My kids really enjoyed the gardens with the children's area.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

I took my brother to boo at the zoo last year and it was nice to see a safe environment kids can enjoy for halloween and they don't hand out too much candy so thats a money saver with the dentist

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

I love this place! We go every chance we can. We take the grandchildren. I love the Lights Before Christmas and so do the grandchildren. So many new baby animals born there. Never gets old. You can do the train ride, carousel, feed the Giraffes, walk through the Kangaroo Walkabout.
I love the Gorilla Base. I can stand for hours just watching the Gorillas.

Thank Heather K
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

The variety of animals is great. It's a nice zoo where you can walk at your own pace and not have to fight the crowds Many times they have admission specials (military rates, etc).

Thank Arleen77
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