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.
Hours of Operation (subject to change)
Closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Other special closings may be announced.
General Admission Rates (per visit)
Adults (ages 13–61) — $19.95 per person
Children (ages 2–12) — $16.95 per person
Children (younger than 2) — FREE
Seniors (ages 62 and up) and Military (with military ID) — $17.95 per person
Admission includes entry to both the Zoo and Botanical Garden.
Tickets for Riverbanks’ after-hour Signature Events are separate from daytime admission.
Pets, food, beverages and coolers are not allowed in the park. Riverbanks is a smoke-free facility.
Groups of 15 or more may qualify for discounted admission rates, procedures and services.
Directions to Get Here
500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, SC 29210
(just off I-126 at Greystone Blvd.)
COMET transportation service available upon request by way of Route 84 between Downtown Columbia and St. Andrews community. Learn more.
Botanical Garden Entrance
Local Hotel Accommodations
Conveniently located within minutes of the Zoo and Garden. Discounted tickets to Riverbanks are offered in addition to various packages.
Additional Hotel Partners
- Comfort Inn Columbia
- Comfort Inn & Suites — Fort Jackson Main Gate
- Comfort Suites Lexington
- Country Inn & Suites Hotel
- Courtyard by Marriott Cayce
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbia
- Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia–Airport
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbia/Harbison
- Hyatt Place Columbia Downtown
- Hyatt Place Columbia/Harbison
- Inn @ USC Wyndham Garden
- Residence Inn Columbia Northeast
- Staybridge Suites Columbia Downtown
To inquire about establishing a hotel partnership with Riverbanks, please call 803.602.0900 or send an email.
Please refer to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau for additional information about lodging, dining and the city of Columbia.