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Old 09-20-2019, 07:09 AM
 
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Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC
I agree. It's an excellent zoo.
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Old 09-20-2019, 07:58 PM
 
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Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia is one of my favorites
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:26 PM
 
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Toledo Zoo. City is tiny and dumpy, but zoo is world-class, better than Detroit or LA.
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Old 09-21-2019, 06:39 PM
 
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I really appreciate these suggestions, especially riverbanks which I was unaware of and it's only a day trip for me
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Old 09-21-2019, 08:39 PM
 
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Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia; Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga; St. Louis Zoo (even t hough it is pretty well known), arguably Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ since it was privatized (I don't think it's among the very best though); Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans; Doorly Zoo in Omaha, and Brevard Zoo.
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Old 09-22-2019, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Greenville Zoo in Greenville SC is a nice small zoo. It is located in Cleveland Park near downtown and you walk to it from Main Street through Falls Park.

The last time I went one of the lions came right up to the glass and stared me down.
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:06 AM
 
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The NC Zoo, just outside Asheboro. It is huge and really enjoyable to visit. The key to the best visit is to go when it is cool outside (the animals will be more active than in the heat of summer), but above 45 degrees (they don't let the African animals out if the temperature is below that). Be prepared to do a LOT of walking, and bring binoculars. I love the exhibit with the rhinos -- it's so large that it feels a lot more like you're observing them in their natural habitat. They can be on the far side of the field so binoculars help. Once, we saw the giraffes full-out running and it was pretty awesome to see (and nice to know they have the space to do that). The aviary is one of my favorite spots too. If you're an avid zoo/aquarium visitor, you won't be disappointed. I no longer live in NC but the zoo there is one of the top 5 things I miss, easily. Our family really enjoyed going at least once a year.

Other good spots in NC are Sylvan Heights Bird Sanctuary (world-renowned among those in the zoo world) and the Fort Fisher Aquarium.

Outside of NC, I'd second the opinion that a zoo that punches above its class in location is the Toledo Zoo. It's been years since I've been, but I remember being impressed.
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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I've had a chance to go yet but I recommend checking out the North Georgia zoo near Dahlonega. A little over a hour from Atlanta.
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Old 09-22-2019, 01:37 PM
 
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The safari at Callaway Gardens in GA is absolutely incredible. You can literally rent a van and drive through the safari while feeding zebra, buffalo, ostriches, giraffes, gazelle, etc. It is an awesome day trip and definitely punches above it weight for an area of isolated Georgia.
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Old Today, 02:07 PM
 
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Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha NE is usually considered the best, or at least in the top 2, along with San Diego. Omaha is a decent sized city, but its not huge. There is no reason Omaha should have it other than it by far the state's biggest tourist attraction.
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