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“Look Closely, Be Patient”

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden
Ranked #1 of 114 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 March 14, 2013

While the zoo has enough animal spaces and activities for a very good experience. It also helps to slow down and put in a little extra effort. Watch the monkeys swing from the ropes, watch the delight of people feeding the hummingbirds. Look for the little animals in the logs. If at first you don't see something, come back around.
Someone told me I had to go to the zoo to see the apes. They were nowhere to be spied the first time. But when I returned later, the worker was having a teaching lesson with one then the other. I'm really into grizzly bears, He was asleep, but 10 minutes later he raised his head and it was evident he was nudging another. The wallabies were in a playful mood one moment, and asleep the next. The goats reached up on their hind feet over the fence for some food and petting.
A wonderful slowdown day at the zoo.

Thank TJfan
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

I've never been to a zoo before,it was my first time an it was wonderful,I do enjoy feeding the birds an giraffes

Thank dwight F
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Easy parking with no fee for parking. Admission prices are very reasonable. It was my husband, me and our 21 month old. She had a blast and the park is very kid and yound kid friendly. We saw flamingos, fish, penguins,lions, giraffe, lemur, tiger, monkeys, reptiles, koalas, fed birds nectar. The is a baryard with cow, llama, bunnys. The are plenty of little snack bars and stuff if you get thirsty or hungry and their prices are on par with what you expect. There is also a climbing activity, carosel, train, and pony rides. Very easy to walk around and push a stroller. There is a bridge and also a tram that will take you to the botantical gardens that is included in the zoo price. We ourselves did not make it this time to the garden but will try next time. We will definatly be going back.

Thank history713
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

This was a great zoo with a simple loop layout. Very walkable - not a lot of hills, etc. The interactive parts of the zoo were the highlights. Feeding a giraffe lettuce was only $2 and totally worth the experience. You can walk right through the wallaby and kangaroo enclosure and see the animals up close (no fence or glass).

Thank FireflyPR
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Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

We're from Atlanta, and we frequent the zoo at home. We were in Columbia for the weekend with our 3 year old daughter, and we had heard good things. The zoo was great! It's big enough that it never felt crowded, but it's not overwhelming. Our daughter loved feeding the giraffes, and that was well worth the $2 additional!

Thank shley17
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