My family loves going to the Zoo. We spend hours walking around looking at all the different displays. Riverbanks feels like the perfectly-sized zoo. We went to see the holiday light display and back the next morning to see the zoo. We had a great time each visit. The Zoo has many attractions and experiences. The grounds were well maintained. We found the staff very friendly and informative. This is a wonderful day trip for the young and the young-at-heart! There are many attractions for everyone to see. There are various animals to observe at the zoo, but I highly recommend taking the tram over to the Botanical Gardens! The Botanical Gardens is awesome!
The zoo is always an exciting place to visit! It is an opportunity for the young and old to see a great variety of animals in both indoor and outdoor exhibits. There is a petting zoo and a small train ride, to give tired parents a break from the long walk. There are a variety of food/snack bars and bathrooms are relatively close to the path of viewing the animals.
The exhibits are beautifully designed and the overall layout of the zoo is easy to navigate, with something of interest around every bend in the well-maintained pathways. The zoo also hosts special events after hours throughout the year such as Boo at the Zoo around Halloween, the Lights Before Christmas during the Christmas Season, concerts at the botanical garden amphitheater, wine tasting, and a beer tasting (Brew at the Zoo) to name a few.
I love walking around with my husband and children, looking at all the light displays. They are so beautiful. The Zoo shines with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of Riverbanks’ most loveable residents. Take your photo with Santa, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire.
Between the animal demonstrations, attractions, beautiful gardens and delicious snacks, a trip to Riverbanks Zoo can turn in to a full day adventure for Columbia locals and tourists alike! Why not make your trip to the Zoo a weekend getaway for the entire family? Shopping, great local restaurants and family entertainment await you! Visit Columbia’s number one tourist attraction today!