Visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, SC

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

Regular admission rates include entry to both the Zoo and the Botanical Garden. Tickets for special after-hours events (like Boo at the Zoo and Lights Before Christmas) are separate from daytime admission. Pets, food, beverages and coolers are not allowed in the park.

Riverbank’s Signature Events include a Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden, Brew at the Zoo, Riverbanks ZOOfari , Boo at the Zoo, and Lights Before Christmas.

Experience the Wild Side of the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden as you get an inside look at some out-of-sight places. Encounter animals up close, explore behind the scenes and meet experienced keepers. Adventure Tours allow participants to marvel at the unique challenges of exotic animal care and the amazing efforts that go into creating and sustaining a world-class zoo.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has been named one of America’s Top 10 zoos by TripAdvisor—the world’s largest travel site.

It was released that Riverbanks is the fourth best zoo in the nation for its ability to provide guests with up-close animal exhibits and interactive attractions. According to one TripAdvisor traveler, “Riverbanks Zoo is the perfect family outing.”

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 animals that represent more than 350 species from around the world. The Zoo offers guests daily animal encounters and presentations as well as several interactive attractions including giraffe feedings and the all-new Sky-High Safari—a 4-story vertical ropes challenge course.

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