16 Reviews
50-350
Guest Capacity
Indoor/Outdoor
Venue Setting

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 an African-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.
  • Magnolia Room is one of the most breathtaking and unique spaces in the zoo, accommodating up to 350 guests. It features French doors that open out onto a bricked terrace, boasting views of stately fountains, cascading waters, seasonal flowers, and Riverbanks’ beautiful Walled Garden.
  • 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 is an aquarium-reptile complex. It can be subdivided into smaller spaces, and it showcases a 55,00-gallon coral reef tank with sharks, moon jellyfishes, and gharial crocodiles.
  • 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 suite
  • Event planning
  • Lighting and sound system
  • 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, Adam Milledge, 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
  • Stations
  • Cocktail receptions
  • Family-style

Categories: Wedding Venue

Regions serviced: Columbia

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We couldn't have been happier. They made everything so easy.

Profile Picture Doreen, 9/2/17, 1 Review
Category: Catering, Ceremony & Reception Venue, Unique Services (Other)
5.0

The ease of planning everything was incredible. All our guests said it was the best wedding and food they had ever had. Everyone was friendly and helpful. We highly recommend it.

Profile Picture Doreen, 9/2/17, 2 Reviews
Category: Ceremony & Reception Venue

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Pricing

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Price Rates

Reception Site Fee
Site Fees Include:
Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Flatware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables
Wedding Catering Avg. Price Per Person
Catering Prices Include:
Server(s)

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden FAQ

Venue Highlights
Maximum Capacity
350
Guest Minimum
50
Event Spaces
7
Type
Garden, Park, Zoo
Style
Outdoorsy, Tropical, Unique
Setting
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Scenic Views, Uncovered Outdoor
Peak Season Months:
April
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September
October
December
Off-Peak Season Months:
January
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Elopements
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Clean Up
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Event Rentals
In-House Bar
In-House Catering
Liability Insurance
Lighting/Sound
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Wireless Internet
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All Inclusive Packages
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Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Preferred Vendors Only
Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'Oeuvres
Outside Cake
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Stations
Tastings
French Service
Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
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Limited Bar
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Decor
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Professional Network & Endorsements

3 ENDORSEMENTS
SUCH a pretty place and great food !!

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, Columbia, SC 29210   See On Map
803-602-0900 (phone)
9:00-5:30pm Mon-Fri (Event Sales Office), 9:00-4:00pm Mon-Fri (Site Tours, by appointment)
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is a wedding venue from Columbia SC. We service weddings throughout the local area, including Charlotte, Charleston, and South Carolina. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is a professional wedding venue that has been part of the Columbia SC wedding industry for 30 years. We specialize in unique facility hire, event specialist catering and animal experiences.