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South Carolina Aquarium

100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401
843-720-1990
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Ranked #34 of 106 Attractions in Charleston
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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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

It took about an hour and half to through the place and a lemur sat on my head. There were plenty of entertaining exhibits as well as volunteers walking around with snakes to pet The aquarium was enjoyable for both adults and children, little pricey though at around 40$/adult

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Saddle River NJ
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64 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I found this to be the highlight of the day, while being in Charleston . The big tank had young woman divers cleaning and scrubbing the algae, everything was well maintained, and yes I agree it was pricey, however, it is unbelievably beautiful. It has transformed the city to new heights. Our granddaughter wanted to go just to see the... More

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Aix-en-Provence, France
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49 reviews 49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

Typical bad (hot weather) attraction. We've been to the aquarium before, and everytime we noticed that it´s slowly going downhill. It went from nice to ok, and now some exhibits start looking bad. Even the big tank that is two stories high and, in my opinion, is the main selling point of the aquarium, doesn't look nearly as good as... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Love this aquarium. It is on the smaller side but it is also fresher and cleaner than some aquariums I have visited. My favorite part is the Great Ocean Tank because I love to see Caretta the loggerhead swimming around and greeting folks at the window. The volunteer divers are pretty awesome too. The aquarium also hosts many special events... More

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This place is very over priced and crowded. I will not be going back, you can see the same things at River Bank Zoo in Columbia, sc for half the price.

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Albany, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We visited the aquarium on a bad weather day when there wasn't anything we could do outside. It's rather small compared to other aquariums I've been to and it was rather expensive. Once we go inside, it was pretty unique and we were able to see many displays featuring local fish and wildlife. I particularly enjoyed seeing all of the... More

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Charleston, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

While perhaps not quite as impressive as the aquariums in Atlanta and Baltimore, the aquarium in Charleston, SC is far more accessible and approachable. It is extremely child-friendly, and the staff clearly has been trained to engage and stimulate the interest of its youngest visitors. Because we live in the area, we purchased a family membership and enjoy taking our... More

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Belleville, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Plenty to see at this aquarium! The unique gem is the Sea Turtle Rescue Hospital. Part of an ongoing project run out of the aquarium to save injured and ill marine life. Tours of this are offered and they also have an exhibit on it. There is a very large central tank several stories tall with all manner of sea... More

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Goose Creek, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A visit to the South Carolina Aquarium is a perfect way to spend the day. Before you plan your visit, check their website for special events or activities. You can see the Sea Turtle Rescue Facility, learn about Conservation, South Carolina area wildlife and more. You can pet Starfish, stingrays, and feed stingrays, too! Don't miss the show with the... More

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Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

So much to do when weather is great, this is one to visit when not so great outside. Not as big as many I have been to, but more than enough. Most visits, the kids get bored before we see it all.

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