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National Travel and Tourism Week is Famously Hot
Posted on April 29, 2016 at 7:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
National Travel and Tourism Week, the national event championing the importance of the travel and tourism industry, is back for its 32nd year May 1 - 7, 2016. Columbia welcomes 14.5 million ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Cinco de Mayo, Fireflies, Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival April 29 - May 1
Posted on April 28, 2016 at 12:01PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Enjoy the weekend with a number of spring events, festivals and happenings taking place all over town! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Artista Vista, Rhythm on the River, Columbia Record Fair April 22 - 24
Posted on April 21, 2016 at 11:26AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The only thing more beautiful than Columbia's #famouslyhot spring weather is its robust arts scene. Enjoy both this weekend with a number of events happening throughout the area. Keep reading for ...
What's Hot this Weekend: Indie Grits, Fireflies Opening Weekend, The Big Nosh April 15 - 17
Posted on April 14, 2016 at 1:43PM by Dayna Cantelmi
We're in for a #famouslyhot weekend packed with all kinds of fun spring activities! Continue reading for our roundup below, then take a look through our calendar of events for even more ...
Waterfall Junction: A Whimsical Addition to Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Posted on April 7, 2016 at 12:31PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Waterfall Junction, the 3-acre interactive children's garden created as part of the Destination Riverbanks expansion, is now open to the public at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.   The ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Hip-Hop Family Day, Alton Brown Live, River Rocks April 8 - 10
Posted on April 6, 2016 at 12:06PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Delve into the many events, shows and cultural experiences going on this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's happening ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Columbia Open Studios, Runaway Runway, Freeway Music Festival April 1 - 3
Posted on April 1, 2016 at 6:28AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From festivals and concerts to plays and exhibits, we're in for a jam-packed weekend of exciting events! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Cream of the Crop, Spring Carnival, Harlem Globetrotters March 25 - 27
Posted on March 22, 2016 at 12:56PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Spring has sprung and is here to stay, so there's no reason not to get out and enjoy all of the events happening around town this weekend! Continue reading for our roundup below, then peruse ...
What's Hot This Weekend: St. Pat's in Five Points, Soda City Suds Week, "Peter Pan" March 18 - 20
Posted on March 18, 2016 at 7:29AM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend marks the official start to spring, so get out and enjoy the #famouslyhot weather and the even hotter events going on around town. Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at ...
What's Hot This Weekend: St. Patrick's Day Parade, Blue Man Group, Cottontail Festival March 11 - 13
Posted on March 10, 2016 at 12:28PM by Dayna Cantelmi
"Spring ahead" into all the fun events and activities going on this weekend! Continue on for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for all that's happening in Columbia, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Art Day, St. Pat's Official Kickoff, Run Hard Columbia Marathon March 4 - 6
Posted on March 3, 2016 at 6:58AM by Dayna Cantelmi
March is in like a lion this weekend with a full schedule of events, exhibits and shows. Keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for everything ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Chili Cook-Off, "Cinderella," Harambee Festival Feb. 26 - 28
Posted on February 25, 2016 at 2:33PM by Dayna Cantelmi
From chili and ballet to Michael Jackson and cabaret, we've got all that and more this weekend! Scroll down for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for all that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "A Silver Screen Affair," Muppet Sing Along, Mann-Simons Site Feb. 19 - 21
Posted on February 18, 2016 at 2:44PM by Dayna Cantelmi
We're in for a #famouslyhot taste of Spring this weekend and there are plenty of events and fun things to do happening around town to get you out and about! Read on for our roundup below, then look ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Sweet on CMA, That's Amore Y'all, R. Kelly, Sidewalk Astronomy Feb. 12 - 14
Posted on February 12, 2016 at 6:57AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Cupid is in Columbia this weekend with a jam-packed schedule of Valentine's Day events. Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, Black History Parade, Mardis Gras Columbia Feb. 5 - 7
Posted on February 5, 2016 at 7:26AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The winter blues don't exist in Columbia. This weekend is packed with events, festivals, exhibits, shows and more! Continue on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of ...
10 Local Hints for Valentine's Day
Posted on February 4, 2016 at 8:07AM by Guest Blogger
Love is in the air in Columbia, SC as Valentine's Day approaches. Whether looking for the perfect gift or romantic moment, here are some ideas to show some love this holiday.Bruges ...

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Riverbanks Zoo & 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.
For nearly 40 years, Riverbanks has provided individuals, families and groups with a common place to connect with and learn about the world's wildlife and wild places.
Twice awarded the Governor's Cup for South Carolina's Most Outstanding Tourist Attraction, Riverbanks is the premier family choice for education and recreation in the Southeast.
Daily park hours: 9 am - 5 pm. Extended summer weekend hours: 9 am - 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays ( April - September). Open every day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.

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  • Price Range Maximum: $$ - $101-150
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 6
  • Total Sqft.: 14,700
  • Theatre Capacity: 700
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 800
  • Distance to Airport: 10

Animal Enrichment Day

September 17, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Times: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Watch wildlife in action during Riverbanks' annual Animal Enrichment Day. With this fall favorite, guests will have an opportunity to see the animals sniff, stomp, pounce and play with tempting ...More»

Boo at the Zoo

October 21-30, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Times: From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Featured attractions include a trick-or-treat trail, a marshmallow roast, Frankenstein’s foam zone, a haunted carousel, a spooky safari, a spooky spots & stripes railroad, ...More»

Brew at the Zoo

August 5, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Times: From: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Make plans now to join us for the coolest suds sippin' safari in Columbia. Brew at the Zoo provides the perfect remedy to those muggy Midlands' days—samples of cold, frothy beer. From ...More»

Endangered Species Day

May 20, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Times: From: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Discover simple ways to protect some of the world's most vulnerable animals during Endangered Species Day. Guests are invited to participate in fun, educational adventures focusing on wildlife ...More»

Lights Before Christmas

November 19, 2016-December 30, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Times: From: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Bring the kids and the camera and see why Lights Before Christmas has continued as a family tradition for more than 25 years!   Nearly one million twinkling lights Countless ...More»

Riverbanks ZOOfari

September 23, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Times: Starting: 7:00 PM
Enjoy live entertainment while sampling Southern-fusion cocktails and cuisine. Get a behind the scenes look at giraffes and bid on unusual silent and live auction items. Proceeds support ...More»

Twilight in the Garden

June 10, 2016-August 12, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
The big screen returns to Riverbanks on select Friday nights this summer. Explore Waterfall Junction as part of this all-new experience followed by a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk ...More»

World Oceans Day

June 8, 2016
Location: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Times: From: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Take a dip under the sea and explore the wonders of the deep blue as we celebrate World Oceans Day. Learn how to take action for the ocean and why a healthy ocean makes for a healthy planet! ...More»