Riverbanks Zoo And Gardens

Zoo and Park · Northwest Columbia
500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
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    Jenny Y.
    "Come early to feed the giraffes and lorikeets!"(10 Tips)
    Douglas B.
    "Feed the Lorikeets!"(3 Tips)
    Sarah Katherine G.
    "Make sure to make time for Sky High Safari - the high ropes course!"(2 Tips)
    Rob V.
    "Really looking forward to all the new exhibits opening in 2015!!"(2 Tips)
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • WannaSee I.

    Make sure to see the elephants, and the penguins, they seem to be the most active of all the animals. The rest of the bunch were just sleeping. We were there around 11am

    WannaSee ItAll · May 8, 2011
  • Amanda

    beautiful zoo! great penguin, koala, and meerkat exhibit. take the kids on a nice day and enjoy! also makes a great date! just avoid in the summer, HOT!

    Amanda · July 3, 2010
  • 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
  • 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, 2015
  • 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!

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Marie M.

    They have cute animals and stunning gardens and there's fun for every age

    Marie Mack · 3 weeks ago
  • Carol H.

    Come at 9am when the zoo opens! It's peaceful and the animals are usually very active. It's not too hot this early either!

    Carol Higgins · August 27, 2010
  • Elizabeth B.

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

    Elizabeth Brown · October 15, 2014
  • Adam H.

    Be sure to see the new giraffe babies and the baboon baby is very cute and fun to watch.

    Adam Hitt · August 5, 2011
  • 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
  • Tim C.

    The gardens were nice, but not much color while I was there. However, the zoo is amazing! Read more

    Tim Childers · May 30, 2011
  • jana M.

    Come at 9am when the zoo opens It's peaceful and the animals are usually very active.

    jana M · June 22, 2011
  • Andy S.

    Such a great zoo, amazing how much it's grown the past few decades.

    Andy Strickland · January 2
  • Richard S.

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

    Richard Shea · August 25, 2014
  • Jared J.

    Best zoo I've ever been to. Always upgrading for the better.

    Jared Jarvis · September 4, 2015
  • 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
  • Leah K.

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

    Leah Kools · October 28, 2013
  • Sarah Katherine G.

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

    Sarah Katherine Gottshalk · January 31, 2012
  • Julzz the Facepainter J.

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

  • Nancy T.

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

    Nancy Thompson · December 28, 2013
  • Bugz B.

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

    Bugz Bugbee · April 5, 2012
  • Vickery D.

    Don't wait to feed the giraffes. Once they are out of food, they are done. Even if it says till 1:30

    Vickery Douglas · February 19, 2011
  • Tom C.

    If your going to see the lights take broad river to greystone to avoid the interstate bottleneck

    Tom Caruso · December 23, 2010
  • Catherine B.

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

    Catherine Burris · September 1, 2011
  • Melissa H.

    Bring gear for rain or shine. The zoo is open either way and we don't give out rainchecks.

    Melissa Hough · August 16, 2010
  • 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
  • Matthew C.

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

    Matthew Cazessus · October 23, 2011
  • Rob V.

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

    Rob Vernon · March 28, 2015
  • Jacob L.

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

    Jacob Lee · March 19, 2013
  • Robbie M.

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

    Robbie Moyer · January 24, 2012
  • Heather L.

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

    Heather Lear · September 6, 2012
  • Jeff S.

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

    Jeff Sexton · December 28, 2013
  • Nicole

    Wonderful exhibits & beautiful gardens.

    Nicole · October 15, 2014
  • Anna H.

    The three new exhibits are pretty sweet!!!

    Anna Howard · December 27, 2015
  • Jenny Y.

    Come early to feed the giraffes and lorikeets!

    Jenny Yeager · March 25, 2012
  • Frances O.

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

    Frances O'Toole · February 2, 2012
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    Marshall Greene · March 30
  • Mitchell C.

    Small zoo with a lot of exhibits.

    Mitchell Currin · September 20, 2015
  • Douglas B.

    Visit the Kangaroo Walkabout! Feed the Lorikeets! Ride the merry-go-round!

    Douglas Bramlett · July 20, 2010
  • Josh H.

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

    Josh Hesson · September 30, 2012
  • Emanuel

    Wonderful time with Stefanie on a beautiful day in Columbia SC

    Emanuel · April 27, 2014
  • Lionel S.

    Visit the gardens - excellent and peaceful Read more

    Lionel Spearman · August 2, 2010
  • John P.

    Great place to bring the family without breaking the bank!

    John Partlow Jr · November 26, 2012

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