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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden at Columbia
Riverbanks Zoo
500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, South Carolina, 29210 803-779-8717
Category: Family / Kids
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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia

Home to over 2,000 incredible animals as well as several magnificent gardens, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is a lush, 170-acre animal conservation center located in Columbia, South Carolina. Featuring dynamic natural habitats, scenic river views, beautiful valley overlooks and historic landmarks, this unique combination of flora and fauna will delight children and adults. Meet exotic animals that include elephants, gorillas, penguins, giraffes, meerkats, monkeys and zebras. The zoo is also home to 70 acres of gorgeous gardens, including a bog garden, dry garden, walled garden, shade garden and old rose garden.


Hours -

9AM-5PM. Extended Spring/Summer Hours: 9AM-6PM on Saturdays and Sundays - March 29-September 29, 2013.

Prices -

$11.75 adults, $10.75 military and seniors, $9.25 children 3-12, free for children 2 and under


  • Garden Festival
  • Live Concerts
  • Wine Tasting
  • Holiday Celebrations 


  • Animal Encounters & Exhibits
  • Beautiful Botanic Gardens
  • Conservation Programs
  • Dining
  • Walkabouts with Kangaroos
  • Guided Tours


  • Are there guided tours?

    yes. Sign up for a guided tour of the zoo and explore the animal center from an insider’s perspective. Guided tours last about an hour, and some must be booked in advance on the zoo website. Tip, the animals are always more active in the mornings and early evening.
  • Is there anywhere to eat inside the zoo?

    The Zoo offers numerous dining spots and casual eateries with diverse food and beverage for the whole family. Popular restaurants include the Kenya Café, Ape Island Snack Bar, Plaza Café, Gorilla Goodies, and Ndoki Pizza.

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