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Description: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden offers a world-class recreational and educational experience for the entire family. More than 2,000 animals reside in natural habitat exhibits featuring psychological barriers such as moats, water and light that create an environment free of bars and cages. Riverbanks’ 70-acre Botanical Garden features scenic views of the Saluda River, wooded trails, historic ruins, Waterfall Junction children's garden and a spectacular walled garden.
Attendance: Riverbanks welcomes one-million guests annually.
Location: Zoo — 500 Wildlife Parkway — just off I-126 at Greystone Boulevard in Columbia. Botanical Garden — 1300 Botanical Parkway — off Highway 378 in West Columbia.
Hours: Open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The gates are open from 9:00am – 5:00pm daily.
Admission: $21.99 for adults, $18.99 for children ages 2–12. Military and Senior rates: $19.99.
Group Rates & Education: Reduced rates may be available for organized groups of 15 or more paying individuals who register at least two weeks in advance. The Education Department offers programs for all ages.
Visitor Services: Riverbanks features an indoor, air-conditioned restaurant, a pizza and sandwich restaurant and several other food and refreshment stands. Strollers and a limited number of wheelchairs are available for rent.  A free picnic area is located at the west end of the park. Riverbanks’ gift shops offer unique souvenirs for all ages.
Riverbanks Society: Riverbanks Society is the private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting the needs of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.
Telephone Number: 803.779.8717
Web Site Address: www.riverbanks.org