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Columbia Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
930 Laurel St, Columbia, South Carolina, 29201
803-779-8717 |  Visit Website  |  Category: Attractions
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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

The number one rated attraction in South Carolina, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is a mere 1.5 miles from Staybridge Suites Columbia. Discover over 2,000 mammals, birds, and reptiles in a myriad of magical habitats, such as African Plains, Ndoki Forest, and Riverbanks Farm. Make sure to visit the stunning botanical gardens that range from the Old Rose Garden to the Shade Garden. Other highlights include tours, live demonstrations, and scenic overlooks.


Prices -

 Adults (13 & up): $13.95; Seniors (62+) & Military: $12.95; Children (2-12): $11.50; Chilren under 2: Free

Hours -

 Daily: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open until 6:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays through the end of September. 


  • Brew at the Zoo
  • Boo at the Zoo
  • Lights Before Christmas


  • Animal Exhibits
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Tours
  • Animal Demonstrations
  • Historic Landmarks
  • Dining


  • Can I see all the animals throughout the year?

    Mostly likely, you will be able to see all of the animals at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden whenever you visit. There are, however, a few extenuating circumstances that will prevent that from happening. These include weather, such as extreme cold or extreme heat. In addition, medical conditions and exhibit repairs can keep certain critters from being on view.
  • Are wheelchairs and strollers available?

    Riverbanks Zoo & Garden makes both wheelchairs and strollers available. Non-motorized wheelchairs can be rented for $8 while strollers can be rented for anywhere from $8 to $11. Both of these items require a $5 deposit. And if you do need either a wheelchair or stroller, make an effort to arrive early as you will not be able to reserve them in advance.

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