When we moved to Columbia in 1988, Riverbanks Zoo was a sweet little romp with the kids. Inexpensive season memberships could be had. We'd spend the day, usually picnic and have a fine time. Over the years major exhibit renovations, an entire botanical garden was added and new areas were incorporated. The zoo is world class now. Beautiful with excellent exhibits, unusual species you won't see elsewhere and significant contributions to animal conservation. There are great hiking paths through the woods between the zoo and garden or you can take the free tram. There's a 3d theater, feeding stations, an aquarium, many gift shops and snack bars, a working farm and petting zoo and miles and miles of pavement to see it all. We never feel like we see the whole thing on a visit anymore. It's too big.
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