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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

  • 500 Wildlife Parkway at I–126 and U.S. 76 Map It
  • West Columbia
  • Educational Institution
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 10/16/2017

Fodor's Review

This top-notch zoo contains more than 2,000 animals and birds in natural habitats, including a sea lion exhibit added in 2016. Walk through landscaped gardens to see elephants, Siberian tigers, koalas, and penguins. The South American primate collection has won international acclaim, and the park is noted for its success in breeding endangered species. The Aquarium Reptile Complex has regional, desert, tropical, and marine specimens. Ride the carousel, and take a tram over the Saluda River to the 70-acre botanical gardens. A forested section with walking trails has spectacular views of the river and passes Civil War ruins. Stop by the Saluda Factory Interpretive Center for more information about the site's history and its connection to the Civil War.

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500 Wildlife Parkway at I–126 and U.S. 76, West Columbia, South Carolina, 29210, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $15.95

Published 10/16/2017


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