Wild adventures begin with membership!

Join or renew today, visit today — Just Zoo It! It’s the best family entertainment value around.

Receive free admission to the Zoo and Garden every day for an entire year, guest passes, discounts and a whole lot more. Plus, your membership contribution will help support our education and conservation programs, helping to make your Zoo and Garden the premier family choice for education and recreation in the Southeast.

No matter how or where you join or renew, your membership card will be available at the ticket booth on your next visit to the Zoo. All of your membership information, benefits and guest passes will be stored on a new, barcoded membership card, which will be yours, permanently. Simply join—or renew—online, at the gate or in the mail, and your permanent membership card will be activated—or reactivated—on your next trip to the Zoo. Then, just show your card at the turnstile each time you visit for a speedy entry experience!

Special Membership Offer Celebrates 40 Wild Years

In celebration of Riverbanks Zoo opening 40 years ago on April 25, 1974, we are pleased to offer Family memberships for just $74. This limited-time anniversary rate is available only during our 40-Day Countdown to 40, March 17 to April 25, 2014, and cannot be combined with other promotional offers. Join or renew today!

Primary Benefits for all membership levels.

Choose a Membership Level that fits you best!

Individual—$49

Individual Plus—$69

Individual Explorer—$109

**PLUS**

  • Unlimited free rides and attractions all year long (guest passes do not apply; Sky-High Safari and zip line not included.)

Family OR Grandparent—$79

Family Plus—$94

  • Two named adults.
  • Children ages 18 and under living in household OR Grandchildren ages 18 and under.
  • Twelve free guest passes.
  • Primary benefits.

**PLUS**

BEST VALUE—Family Explorer—$159

  • Two named adults.
  • Children ages 18 and under living in household OR Grandchildren ages 18 and under.
  • Twelve free guest passes.
  • Primary benefits.

**PLUS**

  • Unlimited free visits to Lights Before Christmas.
  • Unlimited free rides and attractions all year long (guest passes do not apply; Sky-High Safari and zip line not included.)

Patron—$185

  • Two named adults.
  • One guest anytime.
  • Children ages 18 and under living in household OR Grandchildren ages 18 and under.
  • Twelve free guest passes.
  • Primary benefits.

**PLUS**

  • Unlimited free visits to Lights Before Christmas.
  • Unlimited free rides and attractions all year long (guest passes do not apply; Sky-High Safari and zip line not included.)
  • Behind-the-scenes Adventure Tour for two.
  • Two membership cards.

Curator—$250 (GOLD MEMBERSHIP)

  • Two named adults.
  • One guest anytime.
  • Children ages 18 and under living in household OR Grandchildren ages 18 and under.
  • Sixteen free guest passes.
  • Primary benefits.

**PLUS**

  • Unlimited free visits to Lights Before Christmas.
  • Unlimited free rides and attractions all year long (guest passes do not apply; Sky-High Safari and zip line not included.)
  • Behind-the-scenes Adventure Tour for two.
  • Two membership cards.
  • Private Gold Circle Event.

Director—$500 (GOLD MEMBERSHIP)

  • Two named adults.
  • One guest anytime.
  • Children ages 18 and under living in household OR Grandchildren ages 18 and under.
  • Sixteen free guest passes.
  • Primary benefits.

**PLUS**

  • Unlimited free visits to Lights Before Christmas.
  • Unlimited free rides and attractions all year long (guest passes do not apply; Sky-High Safari and zip line not included.)
  • Behind-the-scenes Adventure Tour for two.
  • Two membership cards.
  • Private Gold Circle Event.
  • 25% discount on facility rentals.

Benefactor—$1,000 (GOLD MEMBERSHIP)

  • Two named adults.
  • One guest anytime.
  • Children ages 18 and under living in household OR Grandchildren ages 18 and under.
  • Twenty free guest passes.
  • Primary benefits.

**PLUS**

Consider the Savings with the best family entertainment value around! Compare and see for yourself.

General Admission Rates—per visit per person

  • Regular Adult — $11.75
  • Regular Child (3–12 years) — $9.25
  • Lights Before Christmas Adult — $10.00
  • Lights Before Christmas Child (3–12 years) — $8.00
  • Unlimited Daily Rides
    and Attractions Wristband**
    — $20.00
    **Admission, Sky-High Safari and zip line are not included with purchase.**
  • Zoo Zip — $45.00;
    River Zip — $55.00;
    Combo Zip — $80.00
  • Sky-High Safari — $7.00

Individual Membership—a greater than $80.50 value for only $49.00!

  • If 1 adult visits the Zoo twice at the cost of regular admission, it costs $23.50.
  • If 1 adult visits the Lights Before Christmas once, it costs $10.00.
  • The 4 free guest passes included in this membership have a value of $47.00.
  • Plus, as a member, you save $2 off tickets to the Sky-High Safari vertical ropes challenge!

Family Membership—a greater than $190.50 value for only $79.00!

  • If 2 adults and 2 children visit twice at the cost of regular admission, it costs $84.00.
  • If 2 adults and 2 children visit the Lights Before Christmas once, it costs $36.00.
  • The 6 free guest passes included in this membership have a value of $70.50.
  • Plus, as a member, you save $2 off tickets to the Sky-High Safari vertical ropes challenge!

BEST VALUE! Family Explorer Membership—a greater than $457.00 value for only $159.00!

  • If 2 adults and 2 children visit twice at the cost of regular admission, it costs $84.00.
  • If 2 adults and 2 children purchase daily rides and attractions wristbands in two visits, it costs $160.
  • If 2 adults and 2 children visit the Lights Before Christmas twice, it costs $72.00.
  • The 12 free guest passes included in this membership have a value of $141.00.
  • Plus, as a member, you save $4 off tickets to the Sky-High Safari vertical ropes challenge!

Visit more and do more—you’ll save even more!

Members’ Night Out is free, after-hours and for members only (no guest passes, please.)

Riverbanks members can stroll through the Zoo on three Friday evenings for three extraordinary hours—when the park is normally closed to the public. Come one evening or all three.

Join us May 16, June 20 and July 18. Gates open at 6:00pm. Parking at the main Zoo entrance only. Valid membership card and ID required. Guest admission: $5 per person.

Reciprocal Admission Privileges for more than 100 participating zoos and aquariums nationwide.

Riverbanks members are entitled to discounted admission into more than 100 participating zoos and aquariums nationwide. Reciprocity applies only for admission to the main facility on normal operating days/hours and may exclude exhibits or events requiring an additional fee. Members must be prepared to show a current Riverbanks membership card, new travel passport* and a picture ID. It is highly recommended that you contact the institution you plan to visit ahead of time to verify reciprocity and to review the specific admission/membership policies, parking fees, guest privileges and discounts to that facility.

View the latest Reciprocal Admissions List. (PDF)

*To request our new travel passport: Call the Membership Office at 803.779.8717 (and press “1”) between 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. View Passport Sample. (PDF)

Give a Gift of Membership

Memberships make great gifts and may be purchased at any Riverbanks ticket booth, over the phone or by mail. You can either pick up your gift of membership at any Riverbanks ticket booth and hand-deliver it to your gift recipient, or we can send your gift recipient notification of the gift and let her know she can activate her membership on her first visit to the Zoo!

To purchase a Gift of Membership: Download a printable mail-in form (PDF) or call the Membership Office at 803.779.8717 (and press “1”) between 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

About Riverbanks Society

Established in 1976 by a group of concerned citizens, Riverbanks Society continues today as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supporting the needs of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Members and donors provide important resources for the research, education and conservation efforts of the Zoo and Garden, strengthening Riverbanks’ position within the community as the premier family choice for education and recreation.

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