Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden
In the heart of South Carolina, the capital, Columbia, is home to a variety of wild animals from around the globe: giraffes, zebras, 900-pound Galapagos tortoises, Komodo dragons, wallabies and lions, to name a few. Plan to be there when it’s feeding time for the gorillas, then stroll through the interactive exhibit on koalas and kangaroos, climb a rock wall or take a ride on the kiddie train. The gardens feature themed areas (Asian, roses, shade, bogs) and a woodland walk that meanders by the ruins of an old textile mill. Overnight programs are also offered.