Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Riverbanks Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals that represent more than 350 species from around the world.
The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is a 170-acre (69 ha) zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden located along the Saluda River in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. A small portion of the zoo extends into the nearby city of West Columbia. It is operated by the Rich-Lex Riverbanks Park Special Purpose District, a partnership of the city of Columbia and Richland and Lexington counties. It is overseen by the Riverbanks Park Commission, comprising two members each from the three governments and one at-large member.
  • Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
    500 Wildlife Pkwy
    Columbia, SC 29210

  • 803-779-8717
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See what everyone is saying:

” Great zoo. We frequent here a couple times a year. Worth the drive up from Charleston. Lots to do and see here. Lots of large animals. Kids favorite thing is feeding the giraffes and goats. Can easily spend half a day here. We usually bring food and drink”
Jason Pogar

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is South Carolina’s largest gated attraction, averaging over one million visitors each year—a considerable amount for a zoo serving a region as small as Columbia (the Columbia metropolitan area has only 800,000 people). Riverbanks is a four-time winner of the Southeastern Tourism Society’s Shining Example Award as the Southeast’s top tourist attraction and a two-time winner of the SC Parks Recreation and Tourism Governor’s Cup Award as South Carolina’s Leading Attraction.