Riverbanks Zoo

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Do you remember…

The first time you saw an elephant?

The first time you heard the monkeys talk?

The first time you touched a bird?

The first time you fed the giraffes?

The first time you see real life animals is a game changer in a little kids life which makes going to a zoo a big a part of childhood. As a parent I don’t want my kid’s first zoo trip to be at any old place but a place that will excite them about animals, and that’s why I took them to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, SC.

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Some of my favorite features of the Riverbanks Zoo is that it is well shaded and plenty of rest areas, which is huge for a mom of three little ones. They also offer picnic areas right outside the zoo so you can leave and come back if you want to bring lunch. With it being one of the hottest summers ever, I was so thankful for all the fans with misters! You could find me standing directly in front of a mister most of the day.

Okay, let’s get to the fun part of the zoo…my kids reactions as they were experiencing everything for the first time.

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Very first picture I took and they were so excited!


At the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden there is so much to do and we did it all! Our little ones were such troopers walking around and of course stopping to view each and every animal they saw! They also humored me by posing for pictures every time I thought this would make the perfect Kodak moment. Here are just a few of the many pictures we took on our adventure!

PicMonkey Collage

You can see we had a blast! Feeding the giraffes was a huge hit with the kids and to quote my oldest after one licked her hand “That’s disgusting!”. Even though she thought it was gross she loved every minute of it. Their favorite thing to do was ride the carousal which we did about five times and they also went on a short little train ride (this was very short and I suggest saving your tokens on this one).

Here are a few tips I have that I learned on our trip:

1) Tokens– I recommend getting some from the start because what’s so awesome about the tokens that you can use them for everything! Feeding the birds, the giraffes, the rides, just about everything takes tokens or cash.

2) Food- To save money we ate right before we got there and we were able to bring a cooler of bottled water. You can also leave and return to the zoo so if you want to pack a lunch you can do that as well.

3) Nursing- This goes out to all my nursing mothers out there! I am a bit shy about nursing in public so I was very glad to find several shaded picnic areas that were tucked away from the public walk-ways.

4) Timing- Throughout the day there are several side shows, educational teaching, and animal feedings but you have to be at the right spot and the right time. So I would look up the schedule ahead a time to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Visit their website by clicking here for more information on the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC

What is your first memory of the zoo?


Heather Caudill
Heather Caudill – Carolina Blogging Founder

Heather Caudill is the founder of Carolina Blogging. You can find her Carolina Blogging profile and link up to her blog, Mess to Beautiful where she covers Monday Minute Devotionals, Faith-Based content and occasionally writes about homeschooling.

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