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Discover: Riverbanks Zoo

March 20, 2019

500 Wildlife Parkway | 803-779-8717

Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9 AM – 5 PM

The Riverbanks Zoo has been one of Columbia’s most popular attractions since opening its gates in April of 1974.

In the four decades since, the zoo has provided the Columbia populace a spectacular platform to connect with wildlife from all corners of the globe.

This world-class zoo features more than 2,000 animals on displays, representing more than 350 species from all around the world!

With nearly 10 unique exhibits to choose from, visitors can interact with any kind of animal, such as lions, tigers, koalas, sloths, elephants, sharks, penguins, and so much more!

However, the zoo has built such a stellar reputation because they offer so much more than simply furry friends.

Botanical Gardens and River Trails

Riverbanks Zoo’s botanical gardens are comprised of seven different sections, and a waterfall, spread out over 70 acres of unparalleled beauty.

Looking for more? The River Trail curves through woodlands along the Saluda River, past the Saluda Mill ruins and Interpretive Center. Take a peaceful stroll through this stretch of forest and contemplate the world around you.

Special Events

Adult Garden Workshops: Spring Gardening | April 30

This hands-on workshop will offer advice on how to get the best out of your plants for this upcoming gardening season. Register today!

Rainforest Adventures Spring Break Camp | April 15-19

Rainforest are magical places full of amazing things, from fish that sometimes swim in the trees to butterflies with glass-like wings. Don’t miss out on the adventure as we take a tropical safari and meet several of the Zoo’s rainforest ambassadors along the way. Climb the layers of the rainforest with us through storytelling, zoo walks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, games and more.

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