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Columbia Riverbanks Zoo and Garden at South Carolina

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

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500 Wildlife ParkwayColumbiaSouth Carolina 29210
Category: Family / Kids
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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

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 important historic landmarks, this unique combination of flora and fauna will delight both children and adults. Top animals include elephants, gorillas, penguins, giraffes, meerkats, monkeys and zebras.


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

Events -

Garden Festival, live music shows, wine tasting, holiday celebrations and more


  • Make faces at the monkeys and meerkats
  • Stroll through the beautiful botanic gardens
  • Learn about sustainability and conservation
  • Eat lunch next to the Ndoki Forest
  • Go on a walkabout with kangaroos

Guided Tours

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.

Gardens at the Zoo

Besides animals, the zoo is home to 70 acres of gorgeous gardens, including a bog garden, dry garden, walled garden, shade garden and old rose garden.


  • When are the animals most active?

    Animals are always more active in the mornings and early evening.
  • Is there anywhere to eat inside the zoo?

    Of course. You’ll find numerous opportunities for food and beverage, including Kenya Café, Ape Island Snack Bar, Plaza Café, Gorilla Goodies, Ndoki Pizza and more.

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