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South Carolina Aquarium

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100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC 29401-6300
+1 843-577-3474
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Fun, wonder and education come together at the South Carolina Aquarium. 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 Shallows, or see our brand new state-of-the-art sea turtle hospital in the new Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery experience. Don’t miss our daily interactive dive shows and animal programs.
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100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC 29401-6300
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to go too. It is really good if you do the beside the scenes tour. There is a touch tank that you get to pet sharks and other sea life.

Thank Aaron M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to a great many aquariums all over the world but I have to say this one truly impressed me. We went on a whim after we missed the boat (literally) on the Fort Sumter tour. We got a bit of a discount...More

Thank LivingInWien
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've seen a lot of people complain about the cost of the aquarium for what you get, but you have to understand all that this aquarium does. This is among some of the smaller aquariums I've been to, with the price matching some of the...More

1  Thank flatlined19
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Modest but well designed aquarium had an excellent view of the harbor. 9 exhibits put focus on coastal fauna. No shark tunnel and only one jellyfish display. No wave machine. Good floor to ceiling tank viewing area. Petting zoo area had animals that were used...More

1  Thank Lapster2011
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Wasn't sure if we were going to go...it seemed pricey for the size/programming. Realized we could get a little AAA discount and I am a complete and total sea turtle lover so, in the end, couldn't pass up a major sea turtle rehabilitation facility. SO...More

Thank BCEventPlanner
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

This intimate aquarium packs a lot of fun. Otters, alligators, sharks and more. Take a journey from the South Carolina mountains to the sea.

Thank Renee D
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Yes, its spendy, but its a not-for-profit Aquarium. The money goes back in to continuing care of their marine-life. I would rather put my money here than see dolphins and whales who were forcibly removed from their pods to entertain the public. We fed the...More

Thank CaroK
Reviewed 7 November 2017

I was very pleased with our visit to the South Carolina Aquarium and found it to be equally as good but different from the other similar attractions I've visited (Ripley's in Gatlinburg, Chattanooga Aquarium, Atlanta's aquarium). The aquarium is located on Concord Street alongside the...More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Very well maintained and the aquatic exhibits are very interesting. Nevertheless, it's an aquarium and pretty standard from our point of view. Our group of four spent several hours trekking around and found ourselves feeling less then overwhelmed at the end. Partly because the entrance...More

Thank Sunflower01211951
Reviewed 31 October 2017

The aquarium was very fun and informative. Very nicely laid out and full of activities for kids. We had a very good time.

Thank abaird2016
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26 November 2017|
Response from BCEventPlanner | Reviewed this property |
I can’t remember exactly but it saved about $3 per person I believe :-)
26 October 2017|
Response from CaroK | Reviewed this property |
I saw moms with kids in strollers. They got a bit antsy but I did see a mom with a toddler at the touch tank.
22 October 2017|
Response from CaroK | Reviewed this property |
We were there for about 2 and a half hours and we listened to the alligator talk, the sea turtle talk and watched the divers in the big tank