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50-350
Guest Capacity
Indoor/Outdoor
Venue Setting

About Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, located in Columbia and home to more than 2,000 magnificent animals and a beautiful botanical garden, is considered one of South Carolina's most unique venues to host your special day!

 

Spaces for Hire

Situated in the Botanical Garden, the chic Magnolia Room is one of our most popular ceremony-reception spaces, as it breaks out onto a bricked garden terrace that overlooks cascading waters, uplit foliage and seasonal flowers. This space holds 140 guests for an indoor banquet or 200-350 for a more informal gathering. As a more rustic alternative and located on the Zoo side of the Saluda River, the Ndoki Lodge is ideal for wedding receptions also. This oval space boasts high-beam ceilings, panoramic windows, African elephants as neighbors, and a capacity of upto 170 for a banquet or 350 for a reception. Finally, as a ‘wild card’ option, Riverbanks also proudly lends some of it’s unique Animal Exhibit spaces, such as the Birdhouse or Aquarium, as a pre-dinner cocktail hour space or for the wedding reception itself!

 

Food & Drink 

Riverbanks Zoo is proud to partner with one of the zoo and hospitality world's most innovative event specialists, SSA Inc. They are the sole event caterer at Riverbanks and are actually based on Zoo premises. This ensures that all elements of the event process run smoothly and efficiently, and that our staff can help you through every part of the planning process.

SSA's executive head chef, Adam Milledge, is happy to tweak or create new dishes just for you and is proud to support SSA's core values of sustainability, helping local farmers and showcasing cuisine of the highest standard.

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:
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Linens
Parking
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Wedding Catering Avg. Price Per Person
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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
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April
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December
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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.