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 include Siberian Tigers, Gorillas, African Lions and Giant Elephants! The Riverbanks Zoo family continues to grow each and every year! 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.
In addition to visiting with amazing animals from around the world, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden invites guests to enjoy a variety of Signature events throughout the year. From live entertainment to beer and wine tastings to holiday celebrations, we look forward to seeing you at these spectacular events at Columbia's number one attraction:
Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
April 27, 2018
Sip a variety of domestic and imported wines as well as an array of micro-brews at the Riverbanks Botanical Garden 2016 Wine Tasting! There will be light bites from local restaurants and live music by Jamie Beresford Jazz. Proceeds from this exciting event will support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Click here for additional information.
Twilight in the Garden
June 8, July 13 and August 10, 2018
Enjoy a few Friday evenings with family at Riverbanks Botanical Garden this summer! Cool off in the Splash Zone at Waterfall Junction from 6PM until dusk. Then roll out a blanket on the grassy lawn and catch a movie at the Garden's amphitheater. Tickets go on sale May 1. Click here for additional information.
Brew at the Zoo
August 3, 2018 from 7-9:30PM
Stroll through Riverbanks Zoo and sample a wide variety of imports, domestics and micros at the 2017 Brew at the Zoo Suds Sippin’ Safari! Encounter animals up-close and catch presentations. Listen to live music and enjoy food available for purchase. This Columbia event includes food, exclusive beer samplings and an indoor / outdoor lounge area. Click here for additional information.
September 21, 2018
The 2016 Riverbanks Zoofari is the wildest fundraiser in town! Enjoy live entertainment and sample Southern-fusion cocktails and cuisine. Bid on unusual silent and live auction items and get a behind-the-scenes look at the giraffes. Proceeds from this event support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Click here for additional information.
Boo at the Zoo
October 19-30, 2018
Treat your family to Boo at the Zoo – Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s Halloween Spooktacular! Dress up for the trick-or-treat trail, take a ride on the haunted carousel and swing by the marshmallow roast! Don’t forget to check out the Spooky Safari, Frankenstein’s Foam Zone and Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party. Click here for additional information.
November 17, 2018
Help kick off the Midlands’ longest running holiday tradition, Lights Before Christmas, by making tracks to Riverbanks’ first annual 5k race. The wild run will wind through the park’s scenic back roads, cross the Saluda River and pass some of the most popular exhibits in the Zoo! Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks. Click here to register for this exciting Columbia race.
Lights Before Christmas
November 17- December 30 | Closed Nov 22, Dec 24 & 25
Celebrate the holiday season at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s Lights Before Christmas family tradition! View nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images at this Columbia holiday event. Santa will be on site every night starting at 6PM through December 23rd. Create warm memories and spread holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire. Plus, enjoy hot cocoa, marshmallows and other festive foods available for purchase! Click here for additional information.
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! 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! Why not make your trip to the Zoo a weekend getaway for the entire family? Shopping, great local restaurants and family entertainment await you in Columbia, South Carolina! Visit Columbia's number one tourist attraction today!
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Visit South Carolina’s number one tourist attraction –
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden!
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden was recently voted one of TripAdvisor’s Top Ten Zoos in the United States. From exotic birds to magnificent elephants, Riverbanks Zoo has an amazing family of animals from all over the world. Feed the giraffes, hang with the monkeys and visit the King of the Jungle himself. The entire family will go home with amazing photos and incredible memories!
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Hotel Packages
Visiting from out of town? Book a Riverbanks Zoo Hotel Package today! Package offers include hotel accommodations, zoo tickets, free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Stay in the Vista Downtown or the Harbison shopping district. These Columbia hotels offer excellent customer service, comfortable accommodations and discount zoo packages that can’t be beat.
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Signature Events
From music and flowers after hours to wine and beer tastings to festive holiday events, Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens hosts a variety of entertaining events throughout the year! Check out the list of 2018 Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Signature Events listed below the hotel specials and make your travel plans today!
Featured Riverbanks Zoo Event:
September 21, 2018
The Riverbanks Zoofari is the wildest fundraiser in town! Enjoy fabulous food and libations and dance to live music. Bid on unusual silent and live auction items and get a behind-the-scenes look at the giraffes. Proceeds from this event support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Click here for additional information.
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