It has been a while since we visited the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Columbia, SC. I was impressed with what we had back then and I'm even more excited about what's happening now. We truly have one of the best in the world. I am also happy to see that it is still an all inclusive zoo. The prices on everything makes it affordable for all including the gift shop. Also look for the discount girl on the way out with $5.00 bargains.
With the new Zip-line, Waterfall park and soon to be open, the Sea-Lion center, it will take things up a notch.
Don't be intimidated by the parking lot when you come. We had to park at the very last parking spot and I just knew it would be too crowded to walk around. However, once inside the park it never felt that way. The only real line was the Botanical Garden tram. If you care to take the hill go right ahead. We all need the exercise.
Enjoy what we have here in Columbia, SC.