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  • Lights Before Christmas

    November 21-December 30 - Don't miss the Midlands' most popular holiday tradition! Tickets are on sale now. All Zoo members enjoy a free visit.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.


Please Note


Boo at the Zoo is sold tonight. Please make plans to join us next year!

Upcoming Events & Programs

Thursday, October 30

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: Pumpkin Painting
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Join us for some messy holiday fun as we paint and decorate tiny pumpkins that are just the right size for little hands!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.
Registration ClosedGarden Programs

Saturday, November 1

Nature Explorers: Flavors of the World
@ 9:30am–2:30pm (ages 6–10)
As Thanksgiving draws near, we will discover some traditional uses of common foods around the world. Join us as we make Apple-slop (the original applesauce) herbal biscuits, churn butter and more! This will be an unforgettable feast and celebration of food and flavors.
Cost: $20 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

Pony Classes: Pony Pals
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Children have a chance to learn all about the ponies at the Zoo through this fun, classroom-based class. Participants will get to explore stations, crafts, and even get to feed ponies a treat at the end of the program.
Cost: $10 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

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Boo at the Zoo
October 17–30 @ 6:00–9:00pm
Advanced Tickets: $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.

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