Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 animals that represent more than 350 species from around the world. The long time family members of Riverbanks Zoo include Siberian Tigers, Gorillas, African Lions and Giant Elephants! The Riverbanks Zoo family is very large and it continues to grow each and every year! Visit their website or ask a staff member about the newest member of their family so that you can be sure and visit them on your next trip to the zoo!
As you journey from the Pacific Coral, to the African Plains, to the Australian Outback – the entire family is sure to be intrigued by these amazing creatures! Learn about their natural habitat as you watch and observe the animals go about their daily routines! If you time it correctly, you may even get your chance to feed the giraffes! These spectacular creatures that call Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens their home are ready and waiting to interact with you, your family and friends!
In addition, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to over 4,200 species of native and exotic plants! Take the free tram from the Zoo and stroll through 70 acres of beautiful scenery. These magnificent colors and unique plant structures are broken down into five themed gardens including an Old Rose Garden and a Walled Garden.
Between the animal demonstrations, attractions, beautiful gardens and delicious snacks, a trip to Riverbanks Zoo can turn in to a full day adventure for Columbia locals and tourists alike! Why not make your trip to the Zoo a weekend getaway for the entire family? Shopping, great local restaurants and family entertainment await you! Visit Columbia's number one tourist attraction today!
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Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens Hotel Packages
Columbia, SC Visit Riverbanks Zoo - South Carolina's number 1 tourist attraction! View more than 2,000 animals and stroll through the magnificent themed gardens at Riverbanks Zoo. From the tiny birds, to the giant elephants... Riverbanks Zoo has an amazing family of animals from all over the world. Stop by to see the lions and say hello to the King of the Jungle himself. The entire family will go home with amazing photos and incredible memories!
Adventure Tours at Riverbanks Zoo
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. Adventure tour topics include Big Cats, Elephants, Gorillas, Hyenas, Penguins, Tropical Waters, African Adventure Tour and more. Click here for additional information and tour schedules.
Lights Before Christmas
November 20 - December 30, 2015 from 5-9PM
Closed November 26, December 24 and 25
Bring the kids and the camera and see why Lights Before Christmas has continued as a family tradition for more than 25 years! Enjoy nearly one million twinkling lights, countless animated images, dazzling Music In Motion Lights Spectacular and nightly visits with Santa. Plus, enjoy warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire. Hot cocoa, marshmallows and other festive foods are available for purchase. Click here for additional information.
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