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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)

9:00am–5:00pm daily.

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

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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

Main Entrance

500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, SC 29210

(just off I-126 at Greystone Blvd.)

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COMET transportation service available upon request by way of Route 84 between Downtown Columbia and St. Andrews community. Learn more.

Botanical Garden Entrance

1300 Botanical Parkway
West Columbia, SC 29169

(just off SC Highway 378 at I-20 and I-26)

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Getting Around

Download our Park Map. (last updated January 5, 2019)

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.