Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

Summer ends soon, but you can still enjoy West Columbia

The first week of August is behind us, but you still have time to enjoy one last blast of summer fun. “We’re putting people in the water seven days a week, and we will be until Labor Day,” said Michael Mayo. He owns Palmetto Outdoor, the outfitter that conducts tubing trips on the Congaree River, […]

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Summer camps offer kids a chance to enjoy the summer in West Columbia

School is out and for many in West Columbia, that means summer camp is on. From school-related camps to the zoo and the  Lexington County Recreation Commission, camps are open.  East Point Academy is offering several camps from June until the end of July. East Point Academy’s Middle Campus is on Chris Drive and its Elementary […]

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Summer weather means fun on the water in West Columbia

With summertime temperatures, opportunities to play in the water in West Columbia are abundant. Palmetto Outdoor has become the epicenter for recreation on the Congaree River. The eco-tourism business provides cool, stress-relieving tubing trips down the refreshing river, ending at the West Columbia Riverwalk. “I’m very proud to offer an experience on the river to […]

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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Day declared by Governor, Senate and House

State Sen. Nikki Setzler, Gov. Henry McMaster along with members of the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives, Wednesday, commemorated Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s 48-year history with a senate resolution declaring May 4 Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Day in South Carolina. The Resolution congratulated the founders and staff of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, the […]

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Halloween activities, including Trunk-or-Treats, abound in West Columbia

COVID numbers are declining in West Columbia just in time for Halloween. The Centers for Disease Control said Halloween 2021 should be more normal after last year’s COVID-impacted event.Kids who want to, should get outdoors and go trick-or-treating this Halloween, according to the CDC. While the CDC is pro-trick-or-treat, crowd sizes should be limited. Crowded […]

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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden getting a new Aquarium and Reptile Center

Ground was broken, Tuesday, for the Darnall W. & Susan F. Boyd Aquarium and Reptile Conservation Center at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles attended the groundbreaking. Gov. Henry McMaster and Rep. Joe Wilson were also on hand, with other public officials. The Aquarium and Reptile will display the habitats of […]

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Cayce-West Columbia Chamber’s Tourism Symposium stresses the value of the area’s top attractions

The dollar of a tourist does not see the Congaree River as a line that divides Lexington and Richland County. Be it the rodeo in South Congaree and Riverbanks Zoo or Cayce Historical Museum and Congaree National Park, “We want to keep people here and keep them here as long as we can,” said Tim […]

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River tubing, the zoo, EdVenture and the State Museum part of WECO summer activities

From the zoo and the river, to Edventure and the State Museum, West Columbia affords one many opportunities in the summer. There are also other special events. Join the City of West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles, City of Cayce Mayor Elise Partin, and Palmetto Outdoor’s Mike Mayo on Thursday (July 15) for a guided tour […]

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