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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 April 18, 2013

Go there so much that I don't even need a map and I know all the feeding times. Feed the giraffes watch the gorillas

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Last trip to zoo was too long ago. Went with 2 other families...1 family had father, mother, and teenage girl. 1 family had father, mother, her dad one teen aged boy, and one so young he couldn't have walked for long, so he was in a stroller. We are the "elders" here; ages 70 and 78. Needless to say it was a wonderful day for all. So tired at the end of it all we all took naps when we got back home! I like BIRDS & ELEPHANTS best...must go back very soon.

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Reviewed April 15, 2013

The botanical garden has a large wooded area with trails and a formal gardn area that is beautiful. The garden is connected by a bridge to a nice zoo.

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Reviewed April 13, 2013

by all! We visited April 10 and had a wonderful day. The staff members were friendly and made every minute a wonderful adventure of fun and learning. Loved the interactions with the animals and will certainly go back.

Thank KathyinAiken
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Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

This is my second visit with my grandbaby. I really enjoyed the closeness of the animals. It is easy to see the animals even from a stroller. Of course some habitats you have to lift the little ones up but there are raised platforms to help you seeker difficult ones. There is a place to have your picture taken with exotic birds. (Fee) there is a great display of a small herd of giraffes. They can come and eat right out of your hand. The indoor aquariums have some amazing fish and other aquatic animals. There is a tram that takes you to the gardens that are really lovely. My daughter in law had a membership that she uses frequently and guests are free. It is best to go in the morning when the animals are more active. Don't miss the gigantic old tortoise-quite a sight!

Thank KHepburn
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