Explore a variety of family-friendly animal attractions with up-close encounters and extraordinary add-on experiences. Discover a wide spectrum of animals from Lowcountry coastal marine creatures to African savanna wildlife.
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
In Columbia, spy more than 2,000 animals from koalas to sea lions at the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. Encounter Caribbean flamingos and penguins at The Birdhouse. For an extra fee, feed an inquisitive giraffe a snack. Afterward, venture to the walled garden to catch sight of roses, larkspur and hibiscus.
Near the heart of downtown Greenville, discover a 14-acre zoo nestled in Cleveland Park. Visit anteaters, giraffes and monkeys. Make friends with the adorable red panda, Willie, named after country music legend Willie Nelson.
South Carolina Aquarium
Located on scenic Charleston Harbor, the South Carolina Aquarium features green moray eels, sea horses, river otters, tiger sharks and a 220-pound loggerhead turtle. Pet cownose rays and pick up starfish in special tanks.
Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
Observe over 10,000 fascinating sea creatures as you descend into an underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium. Spot sharks, a green sea turtle, giant stingrays and colorful fish as you venture through an acrylic tunnel in the Dangerous Reef exhibit.
Edisto Island Serpentarium
Encounter the mysterious world of reptiles. Spot hundreds of snakes in the open-air exhibit. Watch a gator feeding session. See a snake show. Encounter box turtles, diamondback terrapins and even snapping turtles.