Riverbanks Zoo reopens for Memorial Day Weekend


Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has been closed for more than two months but since Saturday, May 23rd, they once again are open to the public! To ensure the continued safety of Zoo staff, guests and animals, they are institutinig a multi-phase reopening. So, here’s what you need to know for this weekend.

First, YOU MUST BUY TICKETS ONLINE IN ADVANCE. Time slots will be available every half hour beginning at 9 a.m. each day. You will not be admitted without an advance online reservation.

Second, to ensure the safety of all, additional hand washing stations and sanitizer dispensers have been added throughout the park. All Riverbanks’ employees will be required to wear masks and they encourage guests to do so as well.

Third, here’s what’s open and what’s not.

Attractions that will be open this weekend include the Aquarium Reptile Complex, Birdhouse, Endangered Species Carousel, Farm Experience, Giraffe Feeding, Guest Relations, the Spots ‘n’ Stripes Kids’ Train and Waterfall Junction. They will open in this initial phase to a limited capacity and increased cleaning and disinfecting.

Attractions that will NOT be open are the AFLAC Splash Zone, Lil’ Sprouts Splash Zone and Dino Dig.  Tram service will not be offered during this first phase of opening. Guests will be permitted to walk along the Tram pathway.

And if you get hungry during your visit, you will have dining options! Outdoor seating and open-air stands will be open including Wild Burger, Watering Hole, The Coop, Kodiak Point, ICEE and Dippin’ Dots.

More information about Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, SC, click here.