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  • Spring Plant Sale

    Jazz up your Garden this spring! Choose from 40+ varieties of Riverbanks’ favorites, Saturday, April 26 from 9am until noon. Arrive early — selections are popular and sell fast!

  • 40-day Countdown to 40

    Join us for the Zoo’s 40-day Countdown to 40, March 17 – April 25. Thanks to everyone in the community, our members and guests for making our first 40 years wildly successful!

  • Wells Fargo Presents: Rhythm and Blooms

    Music and Art in the Garden, Thursdays in May from 6pm until 9pm — Tickets: $5 for General Public, FREE for Members.

  • Zip to the Zoo for an All-New Thrill

    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.

  • Mother’s Day Brunch in the Garden

    Enjoy a bountiful buffet in the Garden’s Magnolia Room on Sunday, May 11. Tickets: $39.95 adults/$15.95 children ages 3–12. Zoo admission not included. Reserve your seats by May 5!

  • Summer Zoo Camp

    The adventure begins June 9. Campers enjoy up-close encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, zoo walks, games, crafts and more! Learn more and register today.

  • 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! Reserve your spot by May 3.


Please Note


Tickets for the 2014 Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden are sold out. Please make plans to join us next year!

Upcoming Events & Programs

Friday, April 25

Mark your calendar as Riverbanks celebrates 40 wild years. The official countdown begins on Monday, March 17 with weekly discounts, specials and fun happenings. Stay up-to-date with details here or on Facebook.

Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
@ 7:00–9:30pm (ages 21 and up)
The annual Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden invites wine novices and enthusiasts alike to sip a variety of domestic and imported wines in one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring public gardens. Listen to live jazz, sample light bites from local restaurants and gab about grapes with wine experts. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks. Event is rain or shine.
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Saturday, April 26

Spring Plant Sale
@ 9:00am–12:00pm
Liven up your landscape this growing season with a wide selection of flowers, plants and shrubs available during Riverbanks’ spring plant sale. Pick from more than 60 varieties of plants including a few staff favorites. Find a complete list of plants for sale and other important details online in early April.

Party for the Planet
@ 9:00am–3:00pm
Come out to Riverbanks, as we gear up for Earth Day with a Party for the Planet! This fun-filled celebration will give guests a closer look at ways they can make a positive impact on the environment. Party-goers can engage in interactive and exciting educational activities.
All activities are free with paid admission or membership.
Animal Enrichment

Join us for a wild day at the Zoo and earn credits towards badge requirements, achievements and electives. Programs are designed specifically to assist Daisy, Brownie, Junior Scouts and Cub Scouts with achievements and badge requirements. Scout Saturday Programs will start with a brief interactive educational program including live animal encounters, games and activities. Materials for a self-guided adventure through the day and into the Zoo are also provided. Zoo admission is not included. Program will be held in the Discovery Center.

Scout Saturdays are designed to work in conjunction with special events at the Zoo and feature activities for scouts that are related to the topic of the day and will add to your guest experience. Please take advantage of these special activities and visit the themed stations located throughout the park prior to the program start time. Information stations, games and activities will be offered at no additional charge and are open to the public between 9:00am–3:00pm. Please plan accordingly.

Cost: $10 per Scout (with one adult) plus admission for general public.

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Tickets for the 2014 Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden are sold out. Please make plans to join us next year!

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