Zoos in South Carolina with kids

It’s animal time in South Carolina, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than South Carolina because The Palmetto State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Riverbanks Zoo

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    Columbia

    From elephants and koalas to penguins and sharks, formal gardens to natural woodlands, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden promises new discoveries around every corner!

  • Alligator Adventure

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    North Myrtle Beach

    A snappy day out in the reptile capital of the world at this Alligator Adventure! With live shows and feedings, hundreds of gators and other animals galore! Great South Carolina animal fun!

  • Ripleys Aquarium

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    Myrtle Beach

    A $40 million, state-of-the-art, 87,000 square-foot aquarium experience, located at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is South Carolina's most visited attraction, where guests ...

  • Waccatee Zoo

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    Myrtle Beach

    located within 500 acres of private, carefully preserved, wooded property. Along winding trails, beneath shady trees you'll find over 100 species of animals, all treated like family. This zoo ...

  • South Carolina Aquarium

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    Charleston

    You'll find the aquatic habitats of the state from rushing mountain streams through rivers, lakes and the saltmarsh, to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, encounters with river otters, ...

  • Edisto Island Serpentarium

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    Edisto Island

    You can view beautiful reptiles in both the indoor and outdoor facilities. Alligators and turtles swim and play in large outdoor ponds in the outdoor gardens, while other reptiles bask in the large ...

  • Greenville Zoo

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    Greenville

    Where a world of wildlife can be experienced in one day!

  • Hollywild Animal Park

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    Wellford

    Over 500 animals waiting inside this South Carolina Animal Park that are roaming free in natural enclosures, or man made islands - some animals eat right out of your hand!

  • The Center for Birds of Prey

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    Awendaw

    Offering a unique insight into the lives and spectacular abilities of more than 40 species of birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, kites, and vultures. One of the many fun family ...

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  • Adventure Falls Golf

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    Myrtle Beach

    Two great miniature golf courses with cascading waterfalls, trees, a castle and caverns to play up, over and down, there is plenty of opportunity to get in trouble and to have some laughs at the same ...

  • Dragons Lair Fantasy Golf

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    Myrtle Beach

    Dare to get medieval with this challenging adventure golf course filled with magical castles, fire breathing dragons and 36 holes!

  • Funzone for Kids

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    Irmo

    If your kids would enjoy gliding down an 18' Double Slide, racing through a 35' Obstacle Course, or challenging one another in our 5-in-1 Sports Combo, then Funzone is the place for you.

  • Monkey Joes

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    Greenville

    Monkey Joes teaches kids to play with other kids while they run, jump, slide, climb and most important laugh until they drop.

  • Grand Prix Family Thrill Park

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    Myrtle Beach

    Fun center for all the family.

  • Monkey Joes

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    Charleston

    Wall to wall inflatables, obstacle courses, and other great activities for active kids under 12 in this South Carolina indoor play center!

  • Fun Warehouse

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    Myrtle Beach

    Fun activities for active kids of all ages including laser tag, soft play, inflatables, roller skating and arcade!

  • Table Rock State Park

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    Pickens

    Great Country Park with the stunning Table Rock Mountain providing an unforgetable backdrop. The park has a visitors center near the main gate along S.C. 11, the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic ...

  • Sadlers Creek State Recreation Area

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    Anderson

    Great outdoor and wildlife recreation area in peaceful and tranquil surroundings

  • Carolina Children's Garden

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    Columbia

    Kids can explore 2 acres of themed gardens created to inspire creative play!

  • Paris Mountain State Park

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    Greenville

    Fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and adventure all waiting for day visits and campers in this South Carolina state park!

  • GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail

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    Greenville

    A 21 mile multi use accessible trail suitable for hiking, biking and other non motorised travel with great views!

  • Falls Park on the Reedy

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    Greenville

    A stunning public greenspace in South Carolina with the famous Liberty Bridge, and that stunning waterfall! An oasis in Greenville!

  • Wild Water and Wheels

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    Surfside Beach

    So much more than a water park in Surfside Beach, with karting, kiddie rides, and mini golf - to name a few!

  • Whirlin Waters Adventure Waterpark

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    North Charleston

    A fun water park in North Charleston set over 15 acres, with kiddie areas, slides, wave pools and much more!

  • Splash Island Waterpark

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    Mount Pleasant

    A family water park hidden within the tropical vegetation of a county park, Splash Island is COOL for kids!

  • Splash Zone Waterpark

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    Charleston

    Enjoy the taste of the Caribbean at this family water park in South Carolina, with slides, play structures, and more!

  • Myrtle Waves Water Park

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    Myrtle Beach

    Experience one of South Carolina's largest water parks, with 20 acres of swerves, curves, waves and chutes and more than one million gallons of water!

  • Shipwreck Cove Waterpark

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    Duncan

    2 flume slides, kiddie lagoon with loads of play features, plus lazy river and larger leisure pool for bigger kids with rustic pirate ship and water cannons.

  • Discovery Island Splash Park

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    Simpsonville

    Water fun in South Carolina with water slides, splash playground, lazy river and surf simulator!

  • Otter Creek Splash Park

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    Greenville

    A small community water park with slides, zero entry pool and interactive splash pad - located in a great Greenville park.

  • IMAX Discovery Theater

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    Myrtle Beach

    IMAX 3D experience in an attraction that takes you places ordinary movies can't. You'll see stunning, crystal-clear 3D images projecting from an enormous screen, and experience unparalleled sound ...

  • Florence Motor Speedway

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    Florence

    Florence Motor Speedway can seat up to 3500 race fans and provides a night to remember - it's got NASCAR style stock car racing every saturday (check times and dates)

  • MagiQuest

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    Myrtle Beach

    MagiQuest is an indoor, live-action, adventure, role-playing game for kids of all ages. With a magic wand in hand, you'll explore an enchanted kingdom and participate in the ultimate quest as you ...

  • Adventure Cove Family Fun Center

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    Hilton Head Island

    Come and test your skills at Adventure Cove, the island's largest arcade. Adventure Cove offers a variety of games from the classics to the most interactive on the market. There is something for the ...

  • South Carolina Children's Theatre

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    Greenville

    Immerse yourself in the magic of live storytelling at this South Carolina Children's Theatre, with child-friendly shows and hands-on theatre experiences!