Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia

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Must see · Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
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With over 2,000 animals, and 1 million visitors per year, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is a two-time winner of South Carolina's Leading Attraction award. Here you will see mammals, reptiles, birds, and fish from all over the world, and be able to walk through themed botanical gardens. From planes of Africa and Australian wilderness, to 1,900 sq m (20,000 sq ft) Aquarium Reptile Complex, you will meet animals such as sharks, bats, elephants, and koalas. Walk through the gardens and forest trails, see more than 4,200 species of plants, and learn about Earth's diversity and what we are dingo to preserve it. Both picnic areas and cafes are available. Make Riverbanks Zoo and Garden a centerpiece of your Columbia vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Columbia day trip tool.
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  • It was really nice. Great variety of animals. Had a lot of no shows but it was really warm out. The train was ridiculous. We thought it was a train. It was a child sized couple of cars pulled by a... 
    It was really nice. Great variety of animals. Had a lot of no shows but it was really warm out. The train was ridiculous. We thought it was a train. It was a child sized couple of cars pulled by a...  more »
  • My daughter had fun and for that I’ll leave a star but this zoo is not worth it. There was also an employee trying to serve us rock hard ice cream with her bare hands on the scoop, and at one point... 
    My daughter had fun and for that I’ll leave a star but this zoo is not worth it. There was also an employee trying to serve us rock hard ice cream with her bare hands on the scoop, and at one point...  more »
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  • Riverbanks Zoo is always is a fun experience every time I go. Clean park, super friendly and professional staff members. Big gift shop. All the animals were very interactive today. My kids were sad to not see the elephants but it was cool seeing the rhinos and their new habitat setup. I usually like going during the week because there's No one there and you'll get to enjoy seeing the animals full on! The food is always really good as well with a decent variety of items to choose from the menu.. they even sell BEER!! So I FINALLY became a member (yesterday actually) and now own a year round pass for myself and family. The different packages and benefits for membership is actually pretty legit. I cannot wait to start coming here on the regular FOR FREE with my family!! Our summer is about to be so much fun this year!!!! We will always cherish our awesome Riverbanks Zoo.
  • This is the best zoo I have been to so far! It is very clean and well kept. The staff are very nice. I enjoyed seeing the animals and there is plenty to look at. I really liked the feature of it mainly being the zoo and another side of it is nothing but their botanical gardens. Their aquarium is awesome! They literally have a little bit of everything. They have it to where you feel like you are closer to the animals and there is plenty to do for kids as well. It's definitely well worth it! Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes also.

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