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South Carolina Aquarium

100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401
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Ranked #30 of 96 Attractions in Charleston
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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!
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Duluth, Georgia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
64 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Wifey and I enjoy going to zoos and aquariums when we travel. This was one of the better ones. We were kid-free the day we went and too bad. This aquarium is built around the "kid experience". There were tons of touch-n-feel stations and activities for the wee ones to do. Consequently, our adults-only visit was pretty short - less... More

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Bozeman, Montana
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Staff, to a person, were welcoming. They all understand interpretive principles quite well and know how to engage children and adults. We were invited to take part in several different presentations and were asked to actively participate. Displays do an excellent job of getting across some key conservation points. For a rainy Sunday, I was surprised by the lack of... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

Was going to Fort Sumpter but it was pouring rain!!! So we decided on the Aquarium!!! It was a great choice. It's much better than the Ripley's ones in Myrtle Beach and Gatlinburg. Has more stuff than just fish!!! Kind of like a indoor Zoo!! Best Aquarium I've been to

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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131 reviews 131 reviews
17 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Not too big and not too small, just right for an afternoon trip with children. They will not get bored or too tired either. Amazing three story tank with shark, sea turtle, and amazing fish. Pet tank and other interactive learning stations. We had a blast!!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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94 reviews 94 reviews
35 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We have been here several times and also been to the Turtle rescue area below.They are doing lovely work helping a species much older than us and will likely out survive us.Love to sit and watch the fish in the large water tank.

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Mastic Beach, New York
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

Just visited the aquarium today, 3rd time that I've been there. Once again, had a great time. The facility is well-done, and the approach of showing animals native to South Carolina and its' coastline helps carve out a niche that helps set it apart from most aquariums I've been to. I also want to take a moment to mention the... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is a very nice aquarium! It may not reach the same level as the aquariums in Baltimore or Boston, but it is a top drawer attraction.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

As regular visitors to Charleston, we were looking for something different to do with our grand-daughter, aged 7. The price for the three of us appeared to be a bit steep at $82 but this included a 3D experience. We decided to visit the Monsters of the Deep show first. What a great experience for us adults but too scary... More

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Merry Hill, North Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I can't say enough about this wonderful establishment! It was our first time to Charleston, NC and the aquarium was our first stop of the day... We purchased the premier adult pass which included the "4D Experience: Sea Monsters" and viewed the movie before entering the aquarium. We saved $3/ticket with coupons found in a local flyer/you can also use... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I was very excited to go to the aquarium. I had read reviews saying it wasn't worth the cost, and I somewhat agree now. We had a good time but for $50 for the two of us, it was a little much. I just like to think that the money is needed for good use. It was very clean and... More

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