Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, Columbia

Must see · Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
With over 2,000 animals, and 1 million visitors per year, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical 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 Botanical 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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  • Still a great zoo, but starting to show its age and needs some updating. The annual events like Boo at the Zoo and the beer event are great.  more »
  • Nice regional zoo. However, there is only one of many of the animals. (One grizzly, one gorilla, etc.) Definitely download a map as it is not a circular layout making it a bit difficult to locate...  more »
  • This was not on our original itinerary but so glad we decided to go! The botanical gardens are small but lovely. The zoo is just the right size and has lots of great animals. They were particularly...  more »
  • We worked closely with their catering and special events department and I have to say I could not have been happier! They had great communication leading up to the event, and day of was even better. Whenever we encountered a problem they were quick to work with us to find a solution in a fast and professional manner! If you are looking for a beautiful event space with a phenomenal staff I could not recommend the Riverbanks Botanical Garden catering and special events staff more!
  • riverbanks zoo is an excellent way to spend a day with your family. I love this place and I've lived all over the country it's one of my favorites. They have a great splash pad and order attractions for little kids when you get too hot. And they also have a lot of excellent animals, very high-end, especially given that it's in a relatively small city. I'd recommend buying a season pass if you plan to go more than one time. Essentially the same cost just a tiny bit more for the season pass
  • While there are larger and nicer botanical gardens for what it is this is worth going to. There is also a building in the middle that can be rented out that has space enough for a good size banquet or meeting. They have recently added a slip and slide area for younger kids which the little ones seem to enjoy. And I believe Riverbanks Zoo will keep expanding making it one of the nicest family friendly locations in the area.
  • I love Riverbank Zoo. My kids and I enjoy going to this zoo. One of the best Zoos I have ever been too. The employees are great and the animals are even better. My kids enjoy coming to the Zoo and we love to feed the birds. AWESOME place to bring you children and have a wonderful day looking at different animals and learning about them. Thanks for the enjoyable time we have ever single time we go to Riverbank Zoo.
  • Riverbanks botanical garden is always so beautiful with so much to do! The staff is one of a kind. You can tell they really hire people who are kind and care about the environment. It's always so clean and educational. The garden area has a huge sandbox with T-rex bones the kids can dust off and be little paleontologists, with brushes and buckets all there for them! They also have an awesome splash pad called waterfall junction with a big area of waterfalls for older kids that goes into a little river way that is also fun to play in that goes to an area for smaller kids! There is a small play ground too. A huge grass area with hula hoops, large legos and blocks, as well as other fun toys all for the children to enjoy. There are two small playhouses with some educational information in them. They also have a huge tree house. I mean it's so much fun. They have concession stands and the prices are so fair. This place is beautiful and entertaining for the entire family!

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