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What's Hot This Weekend: Blues, Berries & BBQ, Fashion Week, Soda City Family Jam June 24 - 26
Posted on June 23, 2016 at 6:22AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From baseball and barbecue to fashion and freedom, there's no shortage of summer fun this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for even more ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Shrimp & Grits Festival, The Glo Run, Summer Concert Series June 17 - 19
Posted on June 17, 2016 at 5:54AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Festivals, plays, and sporting events are all in store this weekend. Find out more in our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for all that's going on in Columbia, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Slide the City, Harvest Week, DriftJam, Twilight in the Garden June 10 - 12
Posted on June 10, 2016 at 6:10AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The long summer days are here to stay, so fill them up with some of the fun activities and events we have going on this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: Fireflies Baseball, Rhythm on the River, Summer Movie Series June 3 – 5
Posted on June 2, 2016 at 11:53AM by Dayna Cantelmi
It may only be June, but the summer schedule is heating up with outdoor events, festivals, baseball and more. Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Memorial Day Weekend: Commemoration & Heritage Celebration, Big & Bold May 27 - 30
Posted on May 26, 2016 at 11:08AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The unofficial start of summer kicks off this weekend with plenty to see and do! Keep reading for our roundup below, then look through our calendar of events for everything else that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Dinner on Main, Xtreme Air 5K, SC Brewers Festival May 20 - 22
Posted on May 17, 2016 at 1:41PM by Dayna Cantelmi
From festivals and farms to sports and shows, this weekend offers a little bit of everything! Continue on for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything else ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, Drink Pink Rose Festival, Governor's Cup May 13 - 15
Posted on May 11, 2016 at 1:13PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Fun in the sun, new festivals, live music and more are all in store for this weekend. Read on for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for all that's happening in ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Rosewood Crawfish Festival, Famously Hot Scavenger Hunt May 6 - 8
Posted on May 5, 2016 at 1:50PM by Dayna Cantelmi
With the return of a signature festival, a brand new event and more, this weekend is another one for the books! Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of ...
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 ...

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 more than 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»

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»