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Expert Review of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Parks and Outdoors Review of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Away Travel Expert: Mike Sigalas
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Day Hiking,Gardens
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • A good zoo in a beautiful location. Great for kids, of course, but also for adults looking for a pleasant day outdoors.
  • If it's hot, take the tram from the zoo to the gardens to avoid a surprisingly steep uphill trek on the far side of the river, but be sure to walk back. A beautiful forest footpath leads down the bluff through dense woods, past the ruins of an old Confederate mill, joining back with the tram route at the footbridge across the scenic Congaree River.
  • The zoo is far from downtown Columbia, but it's very close to the Embassy Suites Columbia-Greystone. If you know Embassy Suites, you know what to expect—an atrium, indoor pool, great breakfast-buffet and decent-sized rooms. The hotel offers special Zoo Packages, so be sure to ask the desk about them when you make a reservation.

500 Wildlife Pkwy
Columbia, South Carolina
Parking: Daily 9am-5pm; summer weekends 9am-6pm
Price: Admission $9.75 adults, $8.25 seniors, $7.25 children 3-12, free for children under 3

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 803/779-8717
Price Information: Admission $9.75 adults, $8.25 seniors, $7.25 children 3-12, free for children under 3
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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