Riverbanks Zoo And Gardens

Zoo and Park
500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 9:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
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  • What you need to know
    Sarah Katherine G.
    "Make sure to make time for Sky High Safari - the high ropes course!"(2 Tips)
    Josh H.
    "Had a wonderful day on a swing in the Botanical Gardens =)"(8 Tips)
    Lionel S.
    "Visit the gardens - excellent and peaceful"(4 Tips)
    Jenny Y.
    "Come early to feed the giraffes and lorikeets!"(9 Tips)
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  • giraffes
  • gardens
  • sky high safari
  • zoos
  • lorikeets
  • hiking trails
  • quiet
  • water views
  • cute
  • candy
  • exhibits
  • Christmas
  • kangaroo
  • toast
  • pony rides
  • trams
  • marshmallows
  • swings
  • paintings
  • toys
  • Wes B.

    Parent tip: if you don't have money for your kids to buy animal food just look down. You'll find tons of lettuce for the giraffes and food for the goats and alpacas. Score!

    Wes Bechtel · April 3
  • Rob V.

    A great walking zoo! Really looking forward to all the new exhibits opening in 2015!!

    Rob Vernon · March 28
  • Elizabeth B.

    Go early in the morning on weekends. It turns into a real zoo later in the day.

    Elizabeth Brown · October 15, 2014
  • Nicole

    Wonderful exhibits & beautiful gardens.

    Nicole · October 15, 2014
  • Julia G.

    Getting ready for zipline

    Julia Gutierrez · October 4, 2014
  • Diana C.

    With the kiddos

    Diana Chavis · September 27, 2014
  • Richard S.

    A great zoo. Don't forget to take the tram to the botanical garden!

    Richard Shea · August 25, 2014
  • Vicky B.

    Great photo ops

    Vicky Bee · August 18, 2014
  • Emanuel

    Wonderful time with Stefanie on a beautiful day in Columbia SC

    Emanuel · April 27, 2014
  • Julie N.

    Changing table in the woman's RR, be switch inside a larger stall ......dang why does it have to be at entrance, for my girls private moments to be notice by all entering the RR.....Not Cool,

    Julie Noufal · April 23, 2014
  • Julzz the Facepainter J.

    Great place to bring the kiddos....animals, pony rides, great gifts, toys, and food, and Face Painting!

  • Allison O.

    Wait until next year (2015) to go. They are doing a lot of construction as of 3/13/14. Quite a few of the animals are gone temporarily and the rest just look pathetic in their cages.

    Allison Okpych · March 14, 2014
  • Jeff S.

    Dont bother coming after 5p. Many of the animals are put away.

    Jeff Sexton · December 28, 2013
  • Nancy T.

    Best zoo ever!! Lights at Christmas are a great addition!!

    Nancy Thompson · December 28, 2013
  • David A.

    Don't feed the Animals!

    David Alexander · December 27, 2013
  • Alicia P.

    Had so much fun here. Enjoyed the Christmas light show but most of the animals are sleep and put away during this event.

    Alicia Palazzo · December 20, 2013
  • Search C.

    Love those koalas!

    Search Circus · November 8, 2013
  • Search C.

    Loved the tortoises

    Search Circus · November 8, 2013
  • Leah K.

    Be sure to dress your little one in their costume for Boo at the zoo

    Leah Kools · October 28, 2013
  • Scott W.

    Boo at the Zoo !!!

    Scott Wilson · October 27, 2013
  • Celeste H.

    Very nice zoo! Gardens were beautiful as well! Children's garden was large. There is also a hiking trail on the way to the gardens. It is paved & the first part is wheelchair accessible, tho bumpy.

    Celeste Hope · October 17, 2013
  • Patricia H.

    Membership has it's benefits.

  • Georgia D.

    Great trip

    Georgia Duggan · May 27, 2013
  • Sarah W.

    Also, you aren't the only guest who wants to feed a giraffe. There has to be enough for everyone. They aren't fed all day in order to keep them healthy. Take responsibility and know the schedule.

    Sarah WithAnH · April 24, 2013
  • Sarah W.

    Giraffes are not hamsters. It costs a lot of money to house, feed, exhibit, and vet several of these large exotics. The $2 for a handful of greens goes directly toward their care.

    Sarah WithAnH · April 24, 2013
  • Jacob L.

    Get here early and beat the crowd. Go feed the giraffes!

    Jacob Lee · March 19, 2013
  • Janelle F.

    Go to the aquarium, the most peaceful and enjoyable place... The diver comes at 12:30 and 3:30

    Janelle Fite · January 17, 2013
  • John P.

    Great place to bring the family without breaking the bank!

    John Partlow Jr · November 26, 2012
  • CaraLee H.

    Worth the family annual membership!

    CaraLee Henley · October 25, 2012
  • Allie

    Go feed the giraffes!

    Allie · October 12, 2012
  • Josh H.

    Had a wonderful day on a swing in the Botanical Gardens =)

    Josh Hesson · September 30, 2012
  • Heather L.

    Feed the birds and make sure to stop by the kangaroo exhibit!

    Heather Lear · September 6, 2012
  • brittany s.

    I went here a few weeks ago. It was soo FUN but the lions was sleep when i came:(

    brittany simmons · July 22, 2012
  • Morgan R.

    Anytime we're back home we ALWAYS go. The bird house and aquarium are where we spend most of our time.

    Morgan Robinson · May 31, 2012
  • Rosalia V.

    Muy lindo lugar para pasar con la familia se los recomiendo

    Rosalia Valdivia · May 28, 2012
  • Daniela S.

    Very nice but very small for how popular this zoo is. Be careful you may be waiting in the parking lot to purchase tickets.

    Daniela Sutton · May 2, 2012
  • Bugz B.

    Be prepared...people DO Not Wear deodorant here. The humans smell worse then the animals.

    Bugz Bugbee · April 5, 2012
  • Jenny Y.

    Come early to feed the giraffes and lorikeets!

    Jenny Yeager · March 25, 2012
  • Shayla P.

    The Birdhouse is BEAUTIFUL!!!

    Shayla Pettigrew · March 14, 2012
  • Frances O.

    The kids are loving the new Sky High Safari climb!!

    Frances O'Toole · February 2, 2012
  • Sarah Katherine G.

    Make sure to make time for Sky High Safari - the high ropes course! SO FUN!

    Sarah Katherine Gottshalk · January 31, 2012
  • Columbia, SC

    The largest zoo in the Southeast and with more than amillion annual visitors and 2,000+ animals. Natural habitat exhibits, scenic river views, and significant historic landmarks. Read more

    Columbia, SC · January 27, 2012
  • Robbie M.

    Africa is thousands of miles away, but Riverbanks Zoo is just down the street.

    Robbie Moyer · January 24, 2012
  • Matthew C.

    Toast marshmellows and free trick or treat candy during Boo at the Zoo nights.

    Matthew Cazessus · October 23, 2011
  • Chandelle Delle K.

    Great place for a date!

    Chandelle Delle Kyla · October 15, 2011
  • Wanna See It All

    Better than expected, great zoo. A lot of reptiles and monkeys. The admission was at a reasonable cost. Set aside an afternoon for this place. Also you can walk around with the kangaroos Read more

    Wanna See It All · September 20, 2011
  • Sara H.

    It's super hot! Drink water B-)

    Sara Helms · September 3, 2011
  • Catherine B.

    Feeding the lorikeets is definitely worth the $2. Feeding the giraffes is a rip off.

    Catherine Burris · September 1, 2011
  • E.F. Martin M.

    This is a great little zoo with a variety of animals and a very friendly staff. Boo at the Zoo in October is fun too!

  • James B.

    Fun for the whole family.

    James Bridges · August 14, 2011