Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

State Parks, Parks & Gardens (Zoo)

  • $$
  • 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210 (see map)
  • (803) 779-8717
  • Sunday-Saturday:
    9:00am - 5:00pm

    Extended spring/summer weekend hours: 9:00am–6:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays March 29 – September 29, 2013. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is open every day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Special closings may be announced.

Riverbanks is a 170-acre Zoo & Garden featuring two distinct parks along the scenic Lower Saluda River. Since opening day on April 25, 1974, it has been our mission to foster an appreciation and concern for nature. We are dedicated to providing the highest standards of care for our living collections, a diverse educational experience for all visitors, the best customer service possible and all of the resources at our disposal for the conservation of the earth’s flora and fauna.

Riverbanks Zoo houses more than 2,000 animals in natural habitat exhibits. Each area of the Zoo offers a combination of animal exhibits, graphics, enrichment programs and special feedings to make your visit enjoyable and informative.

In addition, the Zoo offers a variety of interactive programs and educational experiences that can be enjoyed by all age groups. Riverbanks Botanical Garden is 70 acres devoted to woodlands, gardens,

historic ruins, plant collections and a visitor facility. The Walled Garden features hundreds of unique plantings suitable for home gardens. The Woodlands Walk features the ruins of an antebellum textile mill and a log cabin interpretive center.

The Botanical Garden opened in June 1995. Within the Visitors Center at the Botanical Garden, you can shop, relax or learn more about numerous aspects of gardening from the on site Clemson

Extension Service Urban Horticulture Station. Any time of year, the Botanical Garden is an ideal place to refresh mind and spirit.

Latest updates to Riverbanks

- California Sea Lion Exhibit

- Waterfall Junction 

(See website for more details.)


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  • 2012 TripAdvisor Popularity Index- Top 4 Zoos in the United States
  • 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013