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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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Good Family Outing

Worth seeing and supporting. My husband and I enjoyed it, but it is a great destination for families.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Worth seeing and supporting. My husband and I enjoyed it, but it is a great destination for families.

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New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Friends had a fun time at the aquarium during visit to Charleston. Many exhibits, including one the quite enjoyed that was illustrating all the various birds, fish and other species in the low country. Several educational presentations were enjoyable, for all ages. Went during the week and was lots of people but not overly crowded. Not sure what lemurs have... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

OK, lets be honest... an aquarium is a building with fish. For the most part, unless they have some very special exhibit, once you have seen one, they can all seem the same. I understand this thinking. However, we went here on a Sunday morning with 5 children ages 5 and under. They had a blast! There are MANY great... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We have been to a number of great aquariums (Monterey, National Aquarium/Baltimore, Shedd, Mystic) and this is comparable. Beautiful settling right on the river. Our kids loved the big, well lit tanks. I think our 4-year-old nearly died of happiness when he got to touch a shark. Will be visiting again!

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buffalo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Worth every penny! We loved this place. So much hands-on, fun and knowledgeable staff! The teens all had fun holding the sea creatures and petting other ones. The adults enjoyed it just as much. There was just enough to look at that you weren't overwhelmed nor were you bored. The lemurs put on quite a show! Highly recommend!!!

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Surfside Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We went at the wrong time of year. Hundreds of children, strollers and tourists. I do not think it was worth the price of admission, but it may have been all the noise and distractions.

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Reston, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

If you are visiting the area with kids, this is a "must-do" on a rainy day. If the Baltimore Aquarium is a 10, this is 9.5. Many great displays and very educational. The kids will thank you.

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Lugoff, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

When my wife and I first moved to the area in 2005, the aquarium was booming. Our subsequent visits were always pleasant. They appeared to be adding new attractions on a constant basis. Everything appeared to be well maintained. This was our first visit since moving to the Columbia area in 2010. It was very disappointing and very expensive. It... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We really enjoyed the touch tank, which afforded us an opportunity to touch a shark. There was also a nice walk out deck which showcased the cool looking bridge that connects Mt. Pleasant to Charleston with great views of the water. Nice photo op with bridge and water in background. Really enjoyed the 4D movie also.

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Charleston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A good all round experience. Even adults will learn and see new creatures. Just opened "petting" area great for kids and adults.

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