Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, Columbia

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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 »
  • 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
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