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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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Lots of fun things to look at, whether with the little ones, big kids, or even the in-betweens! Lots of fun things to do around the area too!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This aquarium was so worth the money they had people standing all over so if you had questions about anything they are there to answer them. And they had people standing with different animals for you to touch and ask questions. They also have a pool so you can touch sting rays and a shark. And they have different feeding... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We went as a family for a day trip to Charleston. Over $50 for 2 adults to get in. Thank God our toddler was free. The main thing to see is this somewhat large tank that goes 2 floors. There are lots of fish, but only 1 turtle and 2 sharks. What in the world? Very small displays and there's... More 

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Fripp Island, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Best thing was the ice age 4D movie. 20 minutes, Grands were pretty much bored after the movie. $$$ extra for an already $$$$ ticket for the aquarium. Accessible parking was a long way off in the pricey $$$$ city garage. Having been to Chattanooga's aquarium my expectations were high but this did not measure up. They had a few... More 

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Buckley, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I were able to go through this facility in just over 1 hour. Small but very good displays. Have pools where you can touch stingrays and sharks and other sea life. They have staff walking around with animals like snakes and hissing cockroaches.

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Charleston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Lots of fun things to look at, whether with the little ones, big kids, or even the in-betweens! Lots of fun things to do around the area too!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

If you have been to the aquarium in the Smokey's then this attraction is very much like it. Clean and busy - full of fish !

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Hartford, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The aquarium was nice but small for the price. Only took an hour (maybe) to go through. I did love the touch tanks. Staff was very friendly.

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Avon, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This place is filled with one mesmerizing display after another. Signage was good, staff was friendly and actually approached us to further explain what we were several time looking at. Their "affection" for the animals they were caring for and describing was clear. One young intern especially impressed us with his knowledge of the sea creatures in the touch tank.... More 

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Monrovia, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Can't beat the location and view. Good mix of activities and displays. Being a native South Carolinian and outdoorsman, I feel like anyone could leave with a good understanding and appreciation of the SC aquatic ecosystem from the foothills to the coast. Great time for families or individuals.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This was the worst aquarium that I have ever been to. It was very expensive, there were no sharks (?!) and there were no exhibits for adults interested in marine biology.

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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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