Riverbanks Zoo And Gardens

Zoo and Park
500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210, United States
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  • Today
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 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
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  • Rob V.

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

    Rob Vernon · 1 day ago
  • 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
  • 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