Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Events & Hospitality

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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, South Carolina, is home to more than 2,000 magnificent animals and provides an extraordinary setting for both corporate and social events.

By day, the meeting rooms and picnic areas of Riverbanks Zoo boast such unusual backdrops as elephant habitats and tropical gardens. By night, the sounds of exotic animals may be heard as guests arrive for their cocktail parties and wedding receptions. Event spaces are versatile in style and appearance, with capacities ranging from 20 guests to 5,000.

Riverbanks holds an exclusive partnership with one of the country’s most innovative event specialist caterers, Service Systems Associates, Inc. ‘SSA’ is committed to quality, sustainability and supporting local farmers. With its headquarters located on Zoo premises, SSA can ensure smooth event planning and execution.

In addition, a significant portion of your event’s proceeds support animal conservation, helping protect endangered animals and their habitats around the world.

  • Price Range Maximum: $ - Less than $100
  • Handicap Accessible:
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Meeting Rooms
  • Exhibits Space
  • Description Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of the nation's most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens. The lush 170-acre site features dynamic natural habitat exhibits, scenic river views, spectacular valley overlooks and significant historic landmarks. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden offers an extraordinary location for corporate and private events. From business meetings and parties to birthdays and weddings, we offer a one-stop-shop in event planning and catering.
  • Reception Capacity 800
  • Theatre Capacity 700
  • Banquet Capacity 450
  • Number of Rooms 6
Magnolia Room
  • Theater Capacity: 200
  • Classroom Capacity: 75
  • Banquet Capacity: 140
  • Reception Capacity: 350
Ndoki Lodge
  • Theater Capacity: 300
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Banquet Capacity: 170
  • Reception Capacity: 500
  • Theater Capacity: 160
  • Banquet Capacity: 170
  • Reception Capacity: 250
Safari Camp
  • Theater Capacity: 700
  • Banquet Capacity: 450
  • Reception Capacity: 800
The Aquarium-Reptile Complex
  • Banquet Capacity: 70
  • Reception Capacity: 200
The Birdhouse
  • Banquet Capacity: 50
  • Reception Capacity: 175