Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, SC - 29210

Type: Zoo
(803) 779-8717
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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, located in Columbia, South Carolina, is a premier destination for animal and nature lovers. Spanning over 170 acres, the zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals representing over 350 species from around the world. Established in 1974, Riverbanks has grown to become one of the top zoos in the United States, renowned for its commitment to conservation, education, and recreation.

The zoo features a variety of exhibits that offer visitors the opportunity to observe and learn about animals in habitats that mimic their natural environments. Popular attractions include the African Plains, where visitors can see giraffes, zebras, and ostriches; the Aquarium-Reptile Complex, which houses a diverse collection of marine life, reptiles, and amphibians; and the Birdhouse, home to exotic birds from around the globe. The zoo also offers interactive experiences such as the Kangaroo Walkabout and the Farmyard, where guests can get up close with animals and even feed some of them.

In addition to its impressive animal exhibits, Riverbanks is also celebrated for its botanical gardens. The Riverbanks Botanical Garden spans 70 acres and features a variety of themed gardens, including the Walled Garden, Bog Garden, and Rose Garden. These gardens showcase a stunning array of plants, providing a serene and picturesque setting for visitors to explore. The zoo and garden operate year-round, with various events and educational programs held throughout the year, making it a great destination for families, school groups, and nature enthusiasts alike.

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Opening Hours Everyday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Fees Adults (ages 13 and up) — $15.95
Children (ages 2–12) — $13.50
Children (younger than 2) — FREE
Military (with military ID) — $14.95
Senior Citizens (ages 62 and up) — $14.95
Unlimited Daily Rides and Attractions Wristband** — $20.00 
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