Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

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About Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is a wildlife park wedding venue located in Columbia, South Carolina. Home to more than 2,000 magnificent animals, the zoo offers indoor and outdoor event facilities that exhibit elegance, class, and an extraordinary experience for couples and their guests to enjoy. An exotic alternative to the traditional wedding venues, the zoo facilities provide weddings with a nature-inspired setting, as well as great backdrops for photo opportunities.

Facilities and Capacity
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden offers a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces that can accommodate both intimate celebrations and festive galas. Ceremonies are held after hours in the property's Magnolia's Garden Terrace, Ndoki's patio, or Riverbanks' Entry Plaza. Receptions, cocktail hours, and rehearsal dinners can be held in venue's five event facility options:

  • Ndoki Lodge is a safari-themed space featuring high beam ceilings, panoramic views of forest foliage, and at certain times, the opportunity for an elephant or meerkat sighting. The lodge can accommodate up to 500 guests with use of indoor and outdoor space.
  • Magnolia Room is one of the most breathtaking and unique spaces in the zoo, accommodating up to 350 guests using indoors and patio space. It features French doors that open out onto a bricked terrace, boasting views of stately fountains, cascading waters, seasonal flowers, and Riverbanks’ beautiful gardens.
  • Tuskers is an ideal space for cocktail parties and can accommodate up to 250 guests. At night, the venue transforms into a chic event facility, featuring bamboo cloud lighting, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, a dance floor area, and a viewing deck overlooking zebras, ostriches, giraffes, and a ten-foot alligator.
  • The ARC or Aquarium Reptile Complex, is perfect for a smaller wedding or any other evening celebration. It showcases a 55,000-gallon coral reef tank with sharks, moon jellyfishes, and gharial crocodiles perfect for a strolling cocktail hour or reception.
  • The Birdhouse can accommodate up to 175 guests. It is a sky-lit atrium where guests can have the opportunity to be accompanied by penguins, hornbills, and other exotic birds.


Services Offered
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden provides event rentals for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and bridal showers. The venue also accepts appointments for bridal portrait shoots, held after park hours at the Botanical Garden or zoo. Other services offered by the venue include:

  • Bridal suites
  • Lighting and sound system rentals
  • In-house bar and catering
  • Set up and clean up


Cuisines
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is a proud partner of SSA Inc, the event caterer based in the zoo premises. SSA's executive head chef, Brian Cox, customizes menus and create new dishes exclusively for the event. SSA supports sustainability, helps local farmers, and showcases a variety of different cuisine options. The caterer offers couples the following serving-style options:

  • Buffet
  • Hors-d'oeuvres
  • Plated dinners
  • Stations
  • Cocktail receptions
  • Family-style
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Table setting in Magnolia Room
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Zoo Side Ceremony Area
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Ndoki Patio at night
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Hanging Floral inside Ndoki
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Nightime Photo in Garden
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Custom Food Items
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Zoo Side Ceremony
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Tropical Centerpiece
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Zoo Side Ceremony
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4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.8
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.7
  • Average response time 5.0

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  • Megan

    Megan · Married on 03/23/2019

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    • Quality of service:
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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    So many options!

    Multiple areas to hold your ceremony and reception. McKenzie answered any and all questions we had and was very quick to respond to emails. There are a ton of add-ons available to make your experience more enjoyable. Would definitely recommend!

    Sent on 01/15/2019

    Riverbanks Zoo & Garden's reply:

    Megan, we cannot wait to host your special day here at Riverbanks! We are looking forward to getting into the planning process to get those perfect details for your big day!
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    Casey Chestnut · Married on 11/03/2018

    5.0
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    Wedding/reception

    We had Mckenzie Roland to help us with everything. He was great to work with and very friendly. The staff with Riverbanks that helped us the day of were wonderful as well.

    Sent on 11/13/2018

    Riverbanks Zoo & Garden's reply:

    Hey there Casey,
    Thank you for those kind words! We certainly enjoyed working with you on your big day and getting to know you all. Thank you again for choosing Riverbanks to host such a special day. We wish you many years of happiness!

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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Pricing

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$8,497 - $13,013
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This venue offers the below options which may impact pricing:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Set Up
  • Wifi
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Buffet
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Dessert
  • Family Style
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Outside Cake
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings
  • Barware
  • China
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Price Rates

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 8,000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 6,500.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 500.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, Clean Up, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Cake Cutting, Dessert, Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 8.95
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartender(s), House Beer, House Wine, Limited Bar, Open Bar
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 7
  • Describe your venue: Garden, Park, Zoo
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Set Up, Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available? Audio Equipment, Centerpieces, Chairs, Dance Floor, Decor, Furniture, Lighting, Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Shuttle, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? April, May, September, October, December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, March, June, July, August, November

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements

  • Bonnie Brunt Cakes
    Bonnie Brunt Cakes Wedding Cakes

    Love working with the professional team at Riverbanks Zoo! Courteous, organized and always pros! Beautiful venue and FANTASTIC food. Exciting, appealing displays and again...just a terrific staff.

  • American Floral
    American Floral Wedding Florists

    SUCH a pretty place and great food !!

  • Vintage Bakery, LLC
    Vintage Bakery, LLC Wedding Cakes

    Lovely venue and facilities! Know that your wedding arrangements are in the hands of friendly and helpful experts! The ambiance here is that you are in a magical place! Great background for your memories and photos as well.

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  • Riverbanks Zoo 500 Wildlife Parkway, 500 Wildlife Parkway Columbia, SC, 29210 See on map
    8036020900 (Phone number)
    9:00-5:30pm Mon-Fri (Event Sales Office), 9:00-4:00pm Mon-Fri (Site Tours, by appointment)

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