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South Carolina Aquarium

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Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: (843) 720-1990
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Description: Fun, wonder and education come together at the South Carolina Aquarium. An...
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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This is a very well done aquarium but it's especially great for children. It is very hands on and educational. They also have a 4D theater.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Prospect, Kentucky
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North Street, MI
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We've been to manyother aquariums across the country. Comparatively, this one was very small and cost much more than the others. It is in a nice waterfront location with a parking garage nearby. People were enjoying the touch tanks. I wouldn't need to visit agian.

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Prospect, Kentucky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is a very well done aquarium but it's especially great for children. It is very hands on and educational. They also have a 4D theater.

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

On a rainy day in Charleston we were looking for something to do indoors. This is a great facility! The displays progress from inland streams to the ocean, with the latter being a huge tank with a view window several stories tall. During the presentation there was a host on the concourse, but also a miked-up SCUBA diver in the... More 

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Thomasville, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We visited here on a girls weekend. The aquarium was very nice. It has something for all ages. We all enjoyed the petting tank. This was a very good attraction for the price. I will return here again if I make my way back to Charleston.

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Dayton, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We took a cruise out of Charleston and decided to go to the aquarium after we got off the boat since it is right next to the port. Our kids, ages 5 and 3 loved it. It is kind of small, but that was nice for us since our kids are small and don't do well when they have to... More 

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Columbia, SC
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I have to review this so low because of the bad attitude of the manager I just spoke with on the phone - we went yesterday to the aquarium and asked at the ticket booth about any discounts - we were told about military & college - never mentioned zoo membership - the lemur presentation employee was nice enough to... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

My husband and I came here because we had gone out to Fort Sumter the previous day and didn't get to see it before they closed. So coming back the next day we were glad we did. We really enjoyed the aquarium and even got to pet a stingray. The only thing we wish we had known was that they... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

IF you visit South Carolina enough times or live here Get the membership it is worth it . We got THE GRANDPARENTS plan it paid for itself the day we went. Then ANYTIME THE KIDS WANTED TO GO THEY COULD IT IS A GREAT DEAL. It make the Pittsburgh zoo one look small.

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Vestal, New York
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Although it's not a big aquarium, it was large enough to spend a couple of hours in. There was a lot of info/displays that entailed the salt marshes and coastal aquatic life. Parking (extra charge) is across the street at a parking ramp. If it is raining the day you visit, bring an umbrella. We got our tickets at the... More 

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new york
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We had a lot of fun fun here- great facility, lots of animals and very happy that they work with rescued animals. Its a bit pricey but felt worth it

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