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South Carolina Aquarium

100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401
843-720-1990
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Type: Aquariums
Owner description: Fun, wonder and education come together at the South Carolina Aquarium. An intimate family-fun adventure, see a rare albino American alligator; get... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Melbourne, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a smaller aquarium, but they do have nice displays of marine life from all types of waters.. Oceans, lakes, streams,etc. it was a bit pricey for what it is, but it was a nice way to spend a couple of hours out of the sun.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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37 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We visited on the hottest day of our visit. The cost of $30 per adult was very high, considering the place is a small 2 floors and you can see it all in 3 hours. However, they nurse several of the birds housed here back to health with this fee. Average aquarium at best.

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North Charleston, South Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend and I decided to check out what the Charleston Aquarium was all about. I thought the price for admission was quite high even though they do offer a military discount. They take your picture right when you walk in and it's available for purchase at any time during your visit. There are several different package options and the... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I have visited here and I have also volunteered here. It is not inexpensive but worth every penny. Very relaxing with friendly and helpful staff and volunteers. Lots of animals that you learn about or just watch, if you aren't interested in learning that is OK too. Different varieties of sharks, but there are also snakes, alligators (including a white... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend and I visited on a rainy day in May. We really enjoyed the aquarium. It was well worth the money and really nice on the inside. We saw the show (don't remember what it was called) where one of the staff was talking to us from inside the largest tank in the aquarium. They definitely had great exhibits.... More

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Our family loved this aquarium! We wanted to know what kinds of ocean life was typical for the SC area, and this was the place to go. It's somewhat small, so if you're expecting a huge aquarium, you'll be disappointed. There is a giant tank that we examined for quite a while. It was pretty amazing. The Sea Turtle hospital... More

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NJ
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We opted to spend a steamy August afternoon at the aquarium. We purchased a combo ticket that included the 4-D movie as well as an additional ticket to tour the sea turtle hospital. The aquarium itself was a fun experience. We enjoyed looking at fish and other animals from the different biomes of SC. A man had a baby alligator... More

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Palm Bay, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Our family visited this aquarium the 1st week of August. We were so hot from walking around downtown Charleston and this place was so nice and cool. We started by seeing a new 4D movie....I recommend spending the few extra dollars to see it. It was educational and a little thrilling. Inside of the aquarium is very nice...a well-kept facility... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

During our trip to Charleston we had tried repeatedly to find something that would appeal to our moody teenage son; much to our delight, we were all impressed with the aquarium and had a great visit. We were there on a weekday in August and it wasn't busy. we all loved the SeaMonsters 4D movie; the salt marsh exhibit was... More

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Madison, NJ
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31 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Good activity for a rainy day. The large fish and shark tank is very nice, as are the lemur and otter exhibits. A fun activity for kids of all ages and adults. The interactive movie was fun too, albeit a bit scary for very young kids.

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