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  • Boo at the Zoo

    Join us for 14 nights of wild fun! A limited number of tickets are available for this popular Halloween spooktacular. Be sure to purchase your tickets online today!

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  • Winter Zoo Camp

    December 29–31—Campers ages 5 to 10 will enjoy up-close encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, zoo walks, games, crafts and more! Limited space available. Register today.

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  • Zip the Zoo or ZOOm the River

    Soar to new heights at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden: Zip the Zoo or ZOOm the River! Reserve your zip line tour today — Limited space available. Call 803.602.0003 for gift certificates.

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  • Spreading Our Wings

    Over the next 2 years, the landscape at Riverbanks will vastly change as a result of a $36 million dollar expansion. Stay up-to-date on how your Zoo’s future is shaping up!

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  • Parents’ Night Out

    Leave your kids with us for a fun-filled adventure at the Zoo while you enjoy a quiet
    evening playing grown-up! Now taking reservations for November 15.

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Upcoming Events & Programs

Thursday, October 23

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Backyard Buds: Spooky Spiders
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
While spiders are known for being spooky, they are actually good to have around! We will try making our own webs as we learn how spiders spin silk, weave webs and catch bugs to eat.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.
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Friday, October 24

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Family on Safari: Spooktacular Event
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Have the kids wear their costumes for this fun-filled night of learning about nocturnal creatures! Join us for a spook-tacular evening of trick-or-treating and other fun activites! Dinner, admission to Boo at the Zoo, snack and breakfast are included.

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Boo at the Zoo
October 17–30 @ 6:00–9:00pm
$7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public.
Children younger than 2 free.

Tickets should be purchased in advance. A limited number of tickets available, and most nights will sell out! Any unsold tickets the night of will be $12 at the gate.

500 Wildlife Parkway • Columbia, SC 29210 • 803.779.8717
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