Riverbanks Zoo And Gardens

Zoo and Park
Northwest Columbia, Columbia
  • 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.
    Celeste HopeOctober 17, 2013
    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.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WithAnHApril 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Wanna See It All
    Wanna See It AllSeptember 20, 2011
    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
  • Criss T.
    Criss TaylorAugust 22, 2016
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  • Michael P.
    Michael ProctonMay 17, 2016
    Not the biggest zoo you'll ever go to, but the ticket price is very reasonable. You can definitely spend a good four hours just in the zoo section without even checking out the gardens.
  • Wes B.
    Wes BechtelApril 3, 2015
    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!
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WithAnHApril 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • 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!
  • Julie N.
    Julie NoufalApril 23, 2014
    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,
  • WannaSee I.
    WannaSee ItAllMay 8, 2011
    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
  • Amanda
    AmandaJuly 3, 2010
    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!
  • Marie M.
    Marie MackApril 9, 2016
    They have cute animals and stunning gardens and there's fun for every age
    Upvoted Jan 29
  • Janelle F.
    Janelle FiteJanuary 17, 2013
    Go to the aquarium, the most peaceful and enjoyable place... The diver comes at 12:30 and 3:30
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BrownOctober 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Go early in the morning on weekends. It turns into a real zoo later in the day.
  • Alicia P.
    Alicia PalazzoDecember 20, 2013
    Had so much fun here. Enjoyed the Christmas light show but most of the animals are sleep and put away during this event.
  • Andy S.
    Andy StricklandJanuary 2, 2016
    Such a great zoo, amazing how much it's grown the past few decades.
  • Richard S.
    Richard SheaAugust 25, 2014
    A great zoo. Don't forget to take the tram to the botanical garden!
  • Adam H.
    Adam HittAugust 5, 2011
    Be sure to see the new giraffe babies and the baboon baby is very cute and fun to watch.
  • Greg C.
    Greg CrawfordJuly 19, 2016
    Been here alot has a kid. Now I plan to take my son here. Awesome place for family trips
  • Rob V.
    Rob VernonMarch 28, 2015
    A great walking zoo! Really looking forward to all the new exhibits opening in 2015!!
  • jana M.
    jana MJune 22, 2011
    Come at 9am when the zoo opens It's peaceful and the animals are usually very active.
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy ThompsonDecember 28, 2013
    Best zoo ever!! Lights at Christmas are a great addition!!
  • Morgan R.
    Morgan RobinsonMay 31, 2012
    Anytime we're back home we ALWAYS go. The bird house and aquarium are where we spend most of our time.
  • Jared J.
    Jared JarvisSeptember 4, 2015
    Best zoo I've ever been to. Always upgrading for the better.
  • Leah K.
    Leah KoolsOctober 28, 2013
    Be sure to dress your little one in their costume for Boo at the zoo
  • Sarah Katherine G.
    Make sure to make time for Sky High Safari - the high ropes course! SO FUN!
  • Carol H.
    Carol HigginsAugust 27, 2010
    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!
  • Julzz the Facepainter J.
    Julzz the Facepainter JonesApril 3, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great place to bring the kiddos....animals, pony rides, great gifts, toys, and food, and Face Painting!
  • Tim C.
    Tim ChildersMay 30, 2011
    The gardens were nice, but not much color while I was there. However, the zoo is amazing! Read more
  • Jacob L.
    Jacob LeeMarch 19, 2013
    Get here early and beat the crowd. Go feed the giraffes!
  • Nicole
    NicoleOctober 15, 2014
    Wonderful exhibits & beautiful gardens.
  • Heather L.
    Heather LearSeptember 6, 2012
    Feed the birds and make sure to stop by the kangaroo exhibit!
  • Daniela S.
    Daniela SuttonMay 2, 2012
    Very nice but very small for how popular this zoo is. Be careful you may be waiting in the parking lot to purchase tickets.
  • Allison O.
    Allison OkpychMarch 14, 2014
    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.
  • Catherine B.
    Catherine BurrisSeptember 1, 2011
    Feeding the lorikeets is definitely worth the $2. Feeding the giraffes is a rip off.
  • Frances O.
    Frances O'TooleFebruary 2, 2012
    The kids are loving the new Sky High Safari climb!!
  • Marshall G.
    Marshall GreeneMarch 30, 2016
  • Anna H.
    Anna HowardDecember 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The three new exhibits are pretty sweet!!!
  • Jenny Y.
    Jenny YeagerMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Come early to feed the giraffes and lorikeets!
  • brittany s.
    brittany simmonsJuly 22, 2012
    I went here a few weeks ago. It was soo FUN but the lions was sleep when i came:(
  • Search C.
    Search CircusNovember 8, 2013
    Love those koalas!
  • Search C.
    Search CircusNovember 8, 2013
    Loved the tortoises
  • Josh H.
    Had a wonderful day on a swing in the Botanical Gardens =)
  • Mitchell C.
    Mitchell CurrinSeptember 20, 2015
    Small zoo with a lot of exhibits.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CazessusOctober 23, 2011
    Toast marshmellows and free trick or treat candy during Boo at the Zoo nights.
  • Tom C.
    Tom CarusoDecember 23, 2010
    If your going to see the lights take broad river to greystone to avoid the interstate bottleneck
  • Emanuel
    EmanuelApril 27, 2014
    Wonderful time with Stefanie on a beautiful day in Columbia SC
  • John P.
    John Partlow JrNovember 26, 2012
    Great place to bring the family without breaking the bank!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SextonDecember 28, 2013
    Dont bother coming after 5p. Many of the animals are put away.
  • CaraLee H.
    CaraLee HenleyOctober 25, 2012
    Worth the family annual membership!
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