Adventure Tours

Experience the Wild Side of Riverbanks Zoo & Garden! Through guided behind-the-scenes, Adventure Tours participants will take a peek at the daily activities and efforts that go into creating and sustaining a world-class zoo. During these tours, participants will see our amazing animals up close, explore behind-the-scenes areas and meet our animal care staff.

Join us for an Adventure Tour today! Please visit the eTicket store for tour schedules.

Patron and Gold-level Members: Please call 803.602.0803 to redeem your two free Adventure Tour tickets and schedule your tour.

Adventure Tour Topics

Adventure Tour — Big Cats

Join us to observe our entire collection of cats both big and small. Some you will be able to marvel at from an extremely close proximity but safe perspective. Includes a behind-the-scenes look into the professional care we provide our big cats at Riverbanks. Space is limited to 12 participants.

  • For adults and children age 5 and up.
  • Infants are NOT permitted on behind-the-scenes tours.
  • All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

$22 members / $27 general public (per person)

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Adventure Tour — Elephant

Come along to see our largest residents from a whole new vantage point. Take a look behind-the-scenes at the elephant barn and meet with our animal care staff. During your visit you may see an elephant training session and fully realize just how intelligent these creatures are! Space is limited to 12 participants.

  • For adults and children age 5 and up.
  • Infants are NOT permitted on behind-the-scenes tours.
  • All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

$22 members / $27 general public (per person)

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Adventure Tour — Gorilla

Take a tour into the gorilla building to learn about how our keeper staff takes the best possible care of our magnificent gorillas. You will be able to experience these great apes like never before, from a close perspective! Space is limited to 6 participants.

  • For adults and children age 10 and up.
  • Infants are NOT permitted on behind-the-scenes tours.
  • All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

$22 members / $27 general public (per person)

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Adventure Tour — Penguin

Experience our penguin colony within their chilly environment and while listening to their unique calls. On this tour you will learn how the animal care staff at Riverbanks feed and care for these amazing, flightless birds. Make sure to bring along a camera since there will be plenty of photo opportunities! Space is limited to 12 participants.

  • For adults and children age 5 and up.
  • Infants are NOT permitted on behind-the-scenes tours.
  • All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

$22 members / $27 general public (per person)

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Adventure Tour — Reptile Rendezvous

Come meet our astonishing reptiles and discover the behind-the-scenes areas that bring our reptile complex to life. You will be amazed at the extremely successful breeding programs at Riverbanks. This tour includes an up-close and personal encounter with one of our reptile animal ambassadors! Space is limited to 6 participants.

  • For adults and children age 5 and up.
  • Infants are NOT permitted on behind-the-scenes tours.
  • All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

$22 members / $27 general public (per person)

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Adventure Tour — Tortoise

Come and experience the diversity of tortoises that live at Riverbanks, including giant Galapagos tortoises. You will even get the opportunity to touch one of the oldest Zoo residents! This tour will be filled with plenty of photo opportunities, so make sure to bring along a camera. Space is limited to 12 participants.

  • For adults and children age 5 and up.
  • Infants are NOT permitted on behind-the-scenes tours.
  • All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

$22 members / $27 general public (per person)

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Adventure Tour — Tropical Waters

Meet some of the tropical creatures that call Riverbanks home. Visit our colorful flamingo friends within their lush habitat, while watching them enjoy a morning treat. Also join us on a journey deep into the aquarium and observe our tropical fish from a different perspective! This tour will include terrific photo opportunities, so do not forget a camera. Space is limited to a total of 6 participants.

  • For adults and children age 5 and up.
  • Infants are NOT permitted on behind-the-scenes tours.
  • All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

$22 members / $27 general public (per person)

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African Adventure Tour

(special group tour—for groups only)

Join one of our guides as we journey to the wilds of Africa, without even needing a plane ticket. This group tour is designed for 15–25 participants. Experience a day in the life of our elephants from a very unique perspective, within the barn they call home. Also included in this tour is a chance to meet an African animal ambassador during a hands-on encounter. Make sure to pack a camera, since there will be plenty of photo opportunities.

Groups of 15–25 people MUST preregister two weeks in advance. To book your private group tour today, please call 803.602.0803. Tour times are available Wednesday through Friday, 12:30–1:30pm.

  • For adults and children age 5 and up.
  • Infants are NOT permitted on behind-the-scenes tours.
  • All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

$15 (per person)

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Registration Information

(please review before registering)

Preregistration is required for all tours! Most tours are about one hour long and take place on Saturdays and Sundays. Please visit the eTicket store to register for available Adventure Tours. Note: the African Adventure Tour is only available Wednesday through Friday by preregistration two weeks in advance. Please call 803.602.0803 to register.

  • Adventure Tour tickets are separate from admission into the park.
  • Participants will meet their tour guide by the lion statue within the main plaza. To ensure the best quality experience, we ask that participants arrive to the meeting place a little before the tour start time.
  • Tour content is designed for adults and older children. Please follow the required age restrictions for your chosen tour. Children under the age restriction will not be permitted to participate in the behind-the-scenes portion of the tour. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult. For safety reasons, infants may NOT participant in behind-the-scenes tours.
  • Due to the nature of these programs, behind-the-scenes areas are not always handicap accessible in all locations. Please call 803.602.0803 for more information.
  • Participants will need to dress for the weather, with proper attire for outside and behind-the-scenes areas.
  • Closed toed, comfortable shoes are required.
  • All Adventure Tours include a behind-the-scenes look at our unique animals.
  • Due to the unpredictability of animals, tour experiences may vary. Participants must abide by staff instructions at all times.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

(please review before registering)

  • Written or verbal cancellation must be received at least two weeks before the scheduled program date in order to receive a refund or to reschedule your reservation.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than two weeks before the scheduled program date.
  • Tours are rain or shine! Refunds will be given only if the program needs to be cancelled by Riverbanks. Zoo staff will contact tour participants if a program is cancelled.
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