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“Great Day at the Zoo!”

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden
Ranked #1 of 109 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.
Macon, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Day at the Zoo!”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was our first trip to the Riverbanks Zoo and we had a great time. The monkeys and the tiger were the only animals we really couldn't get a good view of. All of the other animals were out and about. We especially enjoyed the aquarium, lots of tropical fish and snakes. The Giraffe experience was by far the best ever!! We have tons of pic of us touching them and feeding them. We loved our day!

Visited July 2014
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North Augusta, South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Wild side”
Reviewed July 17, 2014

Checked out the zoo with 6 grandkids in tow...everyone had a great time, lots of animals out and moving...some exhibits under construction but still plenty to look at...maybe a couple more monkeys could help

Visited July 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

This zoo has the perfect mix of outdoor and indoor attractions. Most of the outdoor areas either have shade or fans or misting stations...which was great when the heat index was 103. We did not feel overheated at all!
Being able to feed and pet the giraffes was amazing!
If we make it back to Columbia, we'll definitely plan another visit to the Riverbank Zoo!

Thank tennvols2009
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
“Riverbanks Zoo - Always a Pleasure”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

We go often to the Riverbanks Zoo, which we are members. They have a wonderful garden section on top, where we will park our car (the lower section is often crowded). The grandchildren love the animal and reptile exhibits... food a little pricey. Overall - we love it.

Visited April 2014
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Columbia, South Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“The zoo is awesome!”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

We went on SCOUT Day with BSA Pack 397. Every scout, leader, and parent had a great time. It was a SCOUTstanding time! The shows were informative and the staff was helpful and friendly.

Visited June 2014
Thank Reggie S
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