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South Carolina’s Zoos and Aquariums Offer Fun for the Whole Family

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Whether they’re checking out the newest restaurants or enjoying a stay at a bed-and-breakfast, contributing writers share their unique insight and stories from exploring the Palmetto State.
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Get up close and personal with Riverbanks' animals on adventure tours.

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. 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.

Greenville Zoo

Near the heart of downtown Greenville, discover a 14-acre zoo nestled in Cleveland Park. Visit anteaters, giraffes, monkeys and elephants. Make friends with the adorable red panda, Willie, named after country music legend Willie Nelson.

South Carolina Aquarium

Located on scenic Charleston Harbor, the 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. 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.

 

Featuring a variety of great stories and exciting trip ideas, the 2021 South Carolina Vacation Guide makes planning your next getaway to the Palmetto State easy. Request your free copy or download the guide today.

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Whether they’re checking out the newest restaurants or enjoying a stay at a bed-and-breakfast, contributing writers share their unique insight and stories from exploring the Palmetto State.