Visitor Information

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of the nation's most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens. The lush 170-acre site features dynamic natural habitat exhibits, scenic river views, spectacular valley overlooks and significant historic landmarks.

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General Admission (per visit per person)

  • Adults (13 and up) — $13.95
  • Children (ages 2–12) — $11.50
  • Children (younger than 2) — FREE
  • Military (with military ID) — $12.95
  • Senior Citizens (ages 62 and up) — $12.95
  • Unlimited Daily Rides
    and Attractions Wristband**
    — $20.00
    **Admission, Sky-High Safari and zip line are not included with purchase.**

SAVE more than 15% by purchasing tickets online! For the best admission rates and quicker access to the Zoo and Garden, we recommend you purchase your tickets in advance online. Print-at-home tickets will be emailed directly to you, and you will avoid standing in lines by going straight to the turnstile.

General admission rates include entry to both the Zoo and the Botanical Garden. Tickets for special after-hours events (like Boo at the Zoo and Lights Before Christmas) are separate from daytime admission. Pets, food, beverages and coolers are not allowed in the park. Riverbanks is a smoke-free facility.

Bringing a group of 15 or more? The Group Visits page is just the place to find out about discounted admission rates, procedures and services.

Hours of Operation (subject to change)

Through March 19, 2016:
9:00am–5:00pm every day.

March 20 – October 16, 2016:
9:00am–5:00pm Monday–Friday; 9:00am–6:00pm Saturday–Sunday.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is open every day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Special closings may be announced.

Directions to Get Here

  • Botanical Garden Entrance:
    1300 Botanical Parkway
    West Columbia, SC 29169
    just off SC Highway 378 at I-20 and I-26
    [ show on map | get directions ]

Questions? Call 803.779.8717.

Getting Around

Need more help planning your visit? Find out about park amenities and services, where to grab a bite or shop for souvenirs via our Guest Relations page.

Local Hotel Accommodations

Conveniently located within minutes of the Zoo and Garden. Discounted tickets to Riverbanks are offered in addition to various packages.

Preferred Hotels:

Additional Hotel Partners:

Please refer to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau for additional information about lodging, dining and the city of Columbia.

To inquire about establishing a hotel partnership with Riverbanks, please call 803.602.0900 or send an email.

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