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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!

  • Group Overnights at the Zoo

    Spend a wild night at Riverbanks with animal encounters, tours, games and activities. Wake up the next day to a light breakfast and then explore the Zoo. Plus, try our new dinner option!

  • 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 February 14.

  • Spring Break Zoo Camp

    March 31–April 2 — Campers ages 5 to 9 will enjoy up-close encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, zoo walks, games, crafts and more. Registration now open!


Please Note


The Penguin Coast exhibit in the Birdhouse is temporarily closed for maintenance.

Upcoming Events & Programs

Monday, February 2

Come along on an Australian Walkabout! From mammals that lay eggs to babies born in pouches, Australia is home to some of the most extraordinary animals on the planet. Travel across the Outback with us to learn about the wild adaptations of animals that live in the land “down under.” Wombats, wallabies and emus, oh my!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.
Registration ClosedHomeschool Programs

Thursday, February 5

Backyard Buds: Valentines from the Garden
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Valentine’s Day is a time for flowers and perfume. Discover how to get fragrance from flowers as we make our own perfume to take home.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, February 6

Free Fridays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Free Fridays are back at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden! Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will receive free admission to the Zoo and Garden every Friday during the months of January and February. Guests will be asked to provide a valid driver’s license or property tax statement as proof of residency.

Presented by The South Carolina Orchid Society, Ikebana International Chapter 182 and Riverbanks Botanical Garden. See hundreds of blooming orchids and get expert growing advice. Entry is free with paid admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

Family on Safari: Valentine’s Event
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating the ones you love! Join us at Riverbanks Zoo as we learn all about the sweet ways animals care for one another! Dinner, snack and breakfast will be provided.

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The Penguin Coast exhibit in the Birdhouse is temporarily closed for maintenance.
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