COLUMBIA, S.C. – Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s in Columbia is nearing completion of $36 million renovation project, “Destination Riverbanks.”
This renovation will bring an interactive children’s garden called, “Waterfall Junction,” and a sea lion exhibit later this spring.
This is the biggest renovation project in Riverbanks history, according the PR Manager Susan O’Cain.
The three acre interactive children’s garden will be in the Botanical Garden, and includes a giant waterfall, ponds, dino-dig, and tree houses.
The sea lion exhibit is right through the front gates of the zoo.
O’Cain said based on previous studies, the state’s most popular tourist attraction adds more than $60 billion to local economies, providing over 700 jobs.
“We want to continue to grow, we want to continue to reach people from all over the region, all over the country,” O’Cain said.
In its entirety, “Destination Riverbanks” includes the new sea lion experience, interactive children’s garden, enhanced grizzly bear habitat, new river otter exhibit, larger entrace plaza with enhanced guest amentities, improved parking and visitor access.