If you’re looking for a place to hold your private event in Columbia, South Carolina, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden may be the perfect place! With several special and exotic spaces, our rooms and patios make us a unique event venue. Our on-site catering, fun menus, bar options, packages can be customized to suit your event’s needs, whether it’s a Birthday party, a tailgate for the big game, corporate event, meeting, or seminar, or a romantic wedding, we make it more than run of the mill!
While we’re closed due to Covid-19, we thought we’d share some of the great things folks have said about our events and event team at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.
Nicole, Wedding, March 2020
Everyone did a wonderful job! I never felt that the staff was going to let anything fall through and everything Riverbanks had a hand in went according to plan, except for the zoo closing the indoor exhibits (Covid-19), but that isn’t their fault. I’m so relieved the zoo and gardens stayed operational until the morning after our wedding. Thank you for the wonderful memories!
Events and Service, Outstanding!
Michelle, Family Reunion, July 2019
The entire event and service were outstanding.
Caroline, Seminar, February 2020
The staff, food, and location were great! We will be back to host another event.
Meghan, Birthday Party, February 2020
Pizza and chips were far better than expected! Actually got a ton of compliments! Brittany was very helpful and prompt and great communication. Easy to allow our photographer in and the zoo staff was not intrusive at the party. Thank you!
Unique Corporate Events and Holiday Parties
Thomas, Corporate Event, January 2020
We chose Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens as a venue for our annual sales kickoff meeting and I was impressed by the flawless organization from the initial contact through the event itself. What a great venue. We’ll be back.
Kevin, Corporate Holiday Party, December 2019
The compliments started pouring in almost immediately about the venue, then the food. Our team is made up of a number of nationalities, and some are pretty picky about their Indian food. Everyone I spoke with thought the custom buffet was excellent! The selection and flavors were outstanding. In addition – the hors d’oeuvres that we selected were well prepared, hot, and very tasty.
Many people expressed their great joy with the venue and the zoo lights events, as well. The Ndoki lodge was perfect for us, and most of our team was able to walk the zoo to enjoy the festivities, the animals, and the wonderful decorations and lights.
You and your team really made this a wonderful and extremely successful event for our team, and I’m personally grateful. It seemed very easy and professional, and I’ll be glad to share our experience. You have set a very high bar for our celebrations now.
Pamela, Corporate Holiday Party, December 2019
I received good feedback from the group of how nicely this event was set up, and the evening was perfect for viewing the lights at the zoo. I will recommend you all to others in the future. Thank you for a job well done.
Rebecca, Corporate Holiday Party, December 2019
Our associates had a wonderful time at your venue for our 2019 Holiday Party! The room was decorated nicely, there was more than enough space for our 90+ guests, our vendors were set-up with ample room, and the wait staff was efficient and friendly. Great feedback on most of the food, especially the chicken fingers, crab croquettes, and risotto balls! Overall, we were very pleased with the event and how everything was handled.
Guests Will Rave About Your Special Event
Christina, Birthday Party, November 2019
My daughter truly enjoyed her birthday, and the experience at the zoo was great. Thank you so much!
Laura, Wedding, October 2019
The room was fantastic. The room was great and it helped us enjoy our event. The food was excellent. We’re still getting positive reactions/comments about it. The wait-staff, servers, bartender, and cooks were all very nice and accommodating. We were highly satisfied with their service!
Donna, Company Picnic, October 2019
This is our 3rd Event with you and it has been awesome every time. We had such a good time we forgot to take pictures this year! Thank you.
Elizabeth, Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding, September 2019
We had a wonderful experience having our rehearsal dinner and wedding at Riverbanks! The staff was friendly and responsive, and Aimee Wicker (our on-site weekend-of wedding coordinator) was phenomenal, along with Amanda Neel (weekend-of contact). She was very prompt and responsive and brought us everything that we requested, in a timely manner. I would definitely use Riverbanks in the future!
Zach, Promotion Celebration, September 2019
An outstanding event all around. We really enjoyed using the Sea Lion Landing. The food and wait staff were superb.
Ready to see if Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens is the event venue for you? Give us a call, or fill out our inquiry form today and let’s talk about it!