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Plan ahead! All members must reserve timed tickets online in advance of your visit. Reservations are free, and your guests should be included in the total reservation count. Membership does not guarantee your reservation, as some slots may be booked to capacity on our busiest days.

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Wild adventures begin with membership!

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

Enjoy free daytime admission to the Zoo and Garden year-round, guest passes, discounts and a whole lot more. Plus, becoming a Riverbanks member is a simple action you can take that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

No matter how or where you join, 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 are stored on a barcoded, PVC-free, biodegradable membership card, which is yours, permanently. Simply join or renew online, at the gate or in the mail, and your membership card will be activated — or reactivated — on your next trip to the Zoo.

To protect your membership privileges, your member card and photo ID will be required upon entry.

All members who were active as of March 15, 2020, have automatically received a 60-day extension to help make up for any lost visits. If you would like to donate back the additional time to assist the Zoo with revenue losses, thank you! Simply renew early, make a donation, or email us.

Primary Benefits for all membership levels.

  • Free admission year-round.
  • Free “green” guest passes (each guest pass is a $16.95 value).
  • Free visit to Lights Before Christmas.
  • Free subscription to Riverbanks magazine.
  • Free admission to Members’ Night Out.
  • Free parking.
  • Discounted admission to more than 100 participating zoos and aquariums across the country. Learn more about reciprocal admission privileges.
  • Members-only discounts off Boo at the Zoo and other after-hours events.
  • 10% discount in Zoo and Garden gift shops.
  • Timely and informative email updates.
  • Discounts off Riverbanks Backstage tours and Zoo Camps.
  • Add cash value to your membership card and use it in the park for concessions, retail, attractions or other in-park purchases. (Membership card and picture ID will be required to redeem. Any value added is non-refundable and cannot be redeemed for cash. Lost or stolen membership cards will not be replaced, unless presented with original purchase receipt.)
  • 15% OFF one regularly-priced item at Mast General Store. Arc’teryx, Arno Bernard Knives, Birkenstock, Blundstone, Costa del Mar, Maui Jim, OluKai, Patagonia, Taos, The North Face, Winkler Knives, Yeti, and Zero Tolerance Knives are excluded. Other exclusions and discounts may apply. Cannot be combined with other offers, on sale items, or to purchase gift cards. Not valid on Mast Store employee purchases. In-stock items only. Not valid online. Limit one offer per visit. Mast Store socks may be purchased using either the 15% OFF discount or Buy 3, Get the 4th Pair Free, but not both offers. Show your valid Riverbanks membership card and driver's license to receive offer. Valid thru 12/31/2020.
  • Take The COMET To The Zoo! Show your Riverbanks membership card for free access to and from the Zoo only on Route 84. Transportation to the Zoo on Route 84 is on request, every 60 minutes, during regular Riverbanks operating hours.

Choose a Membership Level that fits you best!

Individual—$59

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Individual Plus—$99

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Individual Explorer—$149

**PLUS**

  • Unlimited free rides and attractions all year long. (Guest passes do not apply. Unlimited rides and attractions apply to daytime visits only. Sky-High Safari and Zip Line are not included in unlimited rides and attractions packages.)
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Family OR Grandparent—$115

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Family Plus—$139

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

**PLUS**

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BEST VALUE—Family Explorer—$199

  • 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. Unlimited rides and attractions apply to daytime visits only. Sky-High Safari and Zip Line are not included in unlimited rides and attractions packages.)
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Patron—$250

  • 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. Unlimited rides and attractions apply to daytime visits only. Sky-High Safari and Zip Line are not included in unlimited rides and attractions packages.)
  • Riverbanks Backstage for Two — New tour opportunities are coming soon! (Age restrictions apply.)
  • Two membership cards.
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Curator—$325 (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. Unlimited rides and attractions apply to daytime visits only. Sky-High Safari and Zip Line are not included in unlimited rides and attractions packages.)
  • Riverbanks Backstage for Two — New tour opportunities are coming soon! (Age restrictions apply.)
  • Two membership cards.
  • Private Gold Circle Event.
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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.
  • Discounted general admission tickets.
  • Primary benefits.

**PLUS**

  • Unlimited free visits to Lights Before Christmas.
  • Unlimited free rides and attractions all year long. (Guest passes do not apply. Unlimited rides and attractions apply to daytime visits only. Sky-High Safari and Zip Line are not included in unlimited rides and attractions packages.)
  • Riverbanks Backstage for Two — New tour opportunities are coming soon! (Age restrictions apply.)
  • Two membership cards.
  • Private Gold Circle Event.
  • 25% discount on facility rentals.
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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.
  • Discounted general admission tickets.
  • Primary benefits.

**PLUS**

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

General Admission Rates—per visit per person

  • Regular Adult (ages 13 and up) — $19.95
  • Regular Child (ages 2–12) — $16.95
  • Lights Before Christmas Adult — $12.00
  • Lights Before Christmas Child (ages 3–12) — $10.00
  • Unlimited Daily Rides and Attractions Wristband** — $20.00
    **Admission, Sky-High Safari and zip line are not included with purchase.**
  • River Zip — $55.00; Zipline Canopy Tour (Zoo Zip and River Zip) — $80.00
  • Sky-High Safari — $7.00

Individual Membership—a greater than $130.70 value for only $59.00!

  • If 1 adult visits the Zoo twice at the cost of regular admission, it costs $40.90.
  • If 1 adult visits the Lights Before Christmas once, it costs $12.00.
  • The 4 free guest passes included in this membership have a value of $79.80.
  • Plus, as a member, you save $2 off tickets to the Sky-High Safari vertical ropes challenge and up to $20 off each Zipline Canopy Tour ticket!

Family Membership—a greater than $311.30 value for only $115.00!

  • If 2 adults and 2 children visit twice at the cost of regular admission, it costs $147.60.
  • If 2 adults and 2 children visit the Lights Before Christmas once, it costs $44.00.
  • The 6 free guest passes included in this membership have a value of $119.70.
  • Plus, as a member, you save $2 off tickets to the Sky-High Safari vertical ropes challenge and up to $20 off each Zipline Canopy Tour ticket!

BEST VALUE! Family Explorer Membership—a greater than $635.00 value for only $199.00!

  • If 2 adults and 2 children visit twice at the cost of regular admission, it costs $147.60.
  • 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 $88.00.
  • The 12 free guest passes included in this membership have a value of $239.40.
  • Plus, as a member, you save $2 off the Farm Experience, $4 off tickets to the Sky-High Safari vertical ropes challenge and up to $20 off each Zipline Canopy Tour ticket!

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

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

Riverbanks members can stroll through the Zoo for three extraordinary hours — when the park is normally closed to the public. 2020 DATES: July 17 (POSTPONED TBD) and September 11.

Gates open at 6:00pm. Parking at the main Zoo entrance only. Valid membership card and photo ID required.

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.

*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.

Give a Gift of Membership

Riverbanks memberships make great gifts! eGift membership vouchers may be purchased online and redeemed on your gift recipient’s first visit to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Plus, you can wrap and hand-deliver the eGift! Gift memberships may also be obtained at any Riverbanks ticket booth or submitted by mail and will start on the date of purchase.

To purchase or renew a Gift of Membership: Download a printable mail-in form.

Questions? 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 started out with a base of 200 members and has grown far beyond expectations with more than 40,000 member households representing over 190,000 individuals, making it one of the largest nonprofit zoo societies per capita in the United States. Members and donors provide important resources for the research, education and conservation efforts of the Zoo and Garden, strengthening Riverbanks’ position as a world-class zoo and leader in wildlife conservation.