Free Fridays Kick Off a New Year and New Chapter in Zoo History

Richland and Lexington County Residents Receive Free Entry in January and February

[Columbia, SC] – Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is kicking off its celebration of a milestone year and an exciting new chapter in Zoo history with the return of Free Fridays.

Beginning, January 3, Riverbanks will once again offer complimentary admission to residents of Richland and Lexington counties every Friday during the months of January and February with proof of residency. (A valid ID or property tax statement will be accepted). All other guests will be charged regular admission.

Also this year, Riverbanks will observe its 40th anniversary. The Zoo first opened its gates on Thursday, April 25, 1974. In addition to the return of Free Fridays, a number of wild activities are planned to commemorate this landmark occasion including a 40-day countdown to the big birthday beginning on Monday, March 17.

Stay up-to-date on events leading up to the Zoo’s anniversary and the latest “Hard Hat Happenings” at and on Riverbanks’ Facebook page at


Looking for something FREE to do?

Have you checked out the Richland Library’s Classes & Events page? They have a list of events and group meetings happening at libraries across the area–anything from computer classes and job interview practice sessions to family story time and crafting groups.Logo

The website is easily searchable, too: on the left side of the page, you can use keywords to search for something you’re interested in or use the “filter” system to narrow down the location, age group, and event type.