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South Carolina Aquarium

#29 of 240 things to do in Charleston Features Animals
100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC 29401-6300
+1 843-720-1990
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Fun, wonder and education come together at the South Carolina Aquarium. An intimate family-fun adventure, see a rare albino American alligator; get hands-on at the Touch Tank, marvel at the sharks in the Great Ocean Tank, come face-to-face with rays in the Stingray Encounter, or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sea Turtle Hospital. Don’t miss our interactive dive shows and animal programs offered daily!
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100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC 29401-6300
+1 843-720-1990
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The aquarium is smaller then others that we gone too; however, we definitely enjoyed it. Everyone was friendly and the exhibits were very nice.

Thank Carol B
Reviewed 6 days ago

As aquariums go it is small. There is little to see and do and you could cover the entire place in one hour or less. For $28 per adult (kids are only a little cheaper) I expect a world-class facility and was disappointed.

1  Thank Mike_South_Jersey
Reviewed 6 days ago

We decided to visit before heading back home. This was a good decision. We loved the hands on attractions and the varieties of fish. We had hoped for more shark but that was okay

Thank patandjim2014
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a small but very nice aquarium. It's a tad pricey for the size but it was very enjoyable. Seeing the sea turtle recovery program made up for the heafty price.

Thank AutumnHardin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice aquarium. Gorgeous two-story centerpiece tank. Cool and interesting exhibits on local river creatures, fish and sea-life, stingrays, and sea turtle rehabilitation. I found it to be a little overpriced for all you get; as we left the lower floor at the end of...More

Thank MattsGoing2Saturn
Reviewed 1 week ago

Is the biggest aquarium in America? Not even close, but what it does is offer a five star experience First, for locals, a single annual membership is $79 and for yourself plus one $109. Plus, there are discounts for special events throughout the year and...More

Thank Mark A. L
Reviewed 1 week ago

My son and I go here often as a mother, son day. The aquarium is filled with education information about the aquatics. What I love the most is that it is located off the Cooper River so you get to enjoy seeing the dolphins.

Thank Jasmin C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our son loves fish and aquariums, so we thought this would be a homerun. The aquarium is nice and the sea turtle experience was quite nice but so packed it took forever to be able to read the information. People aren't the most thoughtful at...More

Thank wmtip
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the Aquarium in Charleston on 7/10 during shark week. Staff was enthused,informative, and very accessible.. Especially enjoyed the newly opened Sea Turtle Rescue exhibit. My granddaughter was interested in the trading store and brought shells and fossils to exchange. Adam helped her exchange...More

Thank lngnfrz
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been here several times and the aquarium and its staff never cease to amaze us. The aquarium starts at the top of the state and comes all the way through down to the enormous dive tank. All of the shows are great and...More

1  Thank mndw
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10 April 2017|
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Response from rivergirl25 | Reviewed this property |
The Sea Turtle Tour was extra ($15 each), but I think they mentioned something about ending the tours soon because they will be opening a new Sea Turtle Hospital. I recommend the tour if still available. We had a great time... More
Damon B
9 December 2016|
Response from Island_Girl_Films | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the hours are generally 9-5 pm EST. Closed for National holidays.
14 September 2016|
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Response from Brooke13Aster | Reviewed this property |
yes they offer a military discount.