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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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A nice way to spend a few hours

We spent about two hours at the aquarium while vacationing in Charleston. They were celebrating their 15 year anniversary in 2015. It was very well maintained; clean, orderly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We spent about two hours at the aquarium while vacationing in Charleston. They were celebrating their 15 year anniversary in 2015. It was very well maintained; clean, orderly, well staffed and you can see that the animals are loved and cared for. We didn't attend any of the extra add-on exhibits/4D experiences and still had a nice time. Parking in... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our trip with an 11, 9 and 2 year old. There was tons of hands on stuff, play areas for our little one and so much more than the typical aquarium. We loved the lemurs, the albino alligator display and the river otters! Worth a trip, especially if you've got children!

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Kenansville, North Carolina, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Bonnet head sharks, sting rays, a Bald Eagle. We were also able to go behind the scenes and it was pretty cool to see teeny tiny moon jellies.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

A tad pricey for what you get. It is, what I would guess, an average aquarium. We fed the rays, and that was pretty cool. We were able to pet a few rays and some horseshoe crabs and we even got to hold a sea star. There are some cool things to see, its just designed a bit poorly. I... More 

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Tennessee
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77 reviews 77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I've visited this aquarium several times, always with my two girls. I've also visited with other friends & their kids. Everyone enjoys their time here. It is a smaller aquarium and there are live animal demonstrations throughout the day. Once we saw an anteater and lemur during the demonstration. There is a theater which shows nature films and aquatic informational... More 

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charleston
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Great aquarium. A wonderful learning tool for our area. You can explore the touch tank. See what a bog looks like. Shore birds. An active animal (sea turtles) rescue. Sustainability education and most importantly. .. Check out the dolphins SWIMMING IN NATURE in the Cooper River leading to Charleston Harbor. Nothing finer than South Carolina!

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Chesapeake Beach
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Always a great place to visit, esp. after being out in the sun all day or visit Ft. Sumter. Really enjoyed taking our time seeing all they have to offer.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great way to kill some time on a rainy (or unbearably hot!) day. We went as a couple, no kids, but there were certainly plenty of kids around. We love to visit aquariums when we can. There were lots of great exhibits and the new one where you can touch sharks and stingrays is pretty cool. They have a very,... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

They have new areas all the time and they are very kid friendly. we took a 12 month old and he loved it.

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Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Charleston's South Carolina Aquarium is a well kept, clean, informative and offers various options for families with children. Our family consists of adults but my "adult children, 21 & 24" had a wonderful time. The exhibits are well planned with easy to read plaques. There are demonstrations through out the day along with staff all over the facility to answer... More 

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Address: Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: (843) 720-1990
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston

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