Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Columbia, SC

Where are we going?

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia
SC
29210

803 779 8717

What is there to do?

From elephants and koalas to penguins and sharks, formal gardens to natural woodlands, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden promises new discoveries around every corner so if you're feeling a little WILD, this could be the place to be!

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is home to more than 2,000 animals that represent more than 350 species from around the world - so why even leave South Carolina to have an amazing wildlife experience!

At this popular zoo, you can find an array of wild adventures — from a diving expedition on a Pacific coral reef to a safari through the plains of Africa. You can even enjoy an interactive Outback encounter with a flock of sociable lorikeets!

There’s so much to do at this super fun Zoo!

Kids can watch giraffe, zebra and ostrich roam across a 2 acre African savanna, or see lions in their natural habitat.

They can learn all about how various endangered Asian species are looked after, including those beautiful tigers, or you can explore Down Under and see koalas and kangaroos face to face!

Of course, North America has some pretty amazing creatures too, and so make sure you spend time with the grizzly bears, sea lions and river otters. They even have a spectacular reproduction of San Fransisco's Pier 39 too!

Riverbanks Zoo have recreated part of Africa for the Ndoki Forest animal sanctuary, there kids can learn their stories of survival, as well as explore reptiles and birds, and learn about the connections between farms, man and the natural world!

Not just amazing animal experiences here, but learning opportunities for the kids AND an entire botanical garden too with 70 acres of unparalleled beauty to explore. 

A day out with the kids becomes a day out with some of the most spectacular creatures from across the planet - and they are all waiting to say hi to YOU!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $15.95. Unlimited rides and attractions $20

Children: $13.50 (Ages 2-12). Unlimited rides and attractions $20

Discount: Seniors and military $14.95

Free Under: 2 years

LAST UPDATED 2017

Need a little extra help?

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is dedicated to creating a high-quality recreational experience for all our visitors. All exhibits, restrooms, trams, restaurants and gift shops are wheelchair accessible; however, the upper portion of the Woodlands Walk nature trail is not. Handicapped parking spaces are available in the Zoo’s visitor parking lot and the Garden’s visitor parking lot. Official state handicapped parking permit is required.

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When can we go?

9am - 5pm daily. 6pm close on weekends from mid-March to Oct 1.

Open every day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

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Any top tips?

Keep an eye out for fun events across the year, like Boo At The Zoo for Halloween!

I’m Hungry!

You certainly won't be going hungry at this zoo! From Dippin Dots, to ice cream, pizza, hot dogs, pretzels, chicken tenders and more, those rumbling tummies won't stay rumbling for long!

Healthy Eating

Ndoki Pizza offer made to order salads and sandwiches

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