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South Carolina Aquarium

100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401
843-720-1990
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Ranked #33 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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Belleville, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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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78 reviews 78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
29 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is an awesome aquarium if you have little ones. It offers various children activities throughout (stationary jeep, mini slide, touch tank, play fishing boat, books, etc.) and excellent talks which seemed to frequently take place the day we visited. The design was well thought out for small children. Displays are at their level and the constant lifting we do... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My 17 month old loves fish and this was place very kid friendly that he could walk/run around checking things out. Have visited other aquariums that are larger so that was only part a little disappointed with being this close to ocean. Even still would go again. Lots of areas for kids to play throughout and very scenic with ability... More

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Barrie, Canada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
9 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

To be honest, I was escaping my family - they went to Fort Sumter, and I needed to be on my own! I did find it somewhat expensive, but it was well done, so I have no qualms, and I enjoyed it even more than I expected. The 3-D film was fascinating to begin, and the special effects were great.... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a fun thing to do in Charleston with your family. It's educational, and there's plenty of fish and other aquatic animals to look at. There are some interactive elements, as well as a larger tank with a person who engages the audience in learning more. You can even pet a sting ray! It's not the largest or most... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This aquarium is among the best I've ever visited! The selection of sea life was great, the facility was clean, and the staff were friendly. I will certainly go back the next time I visit the area.

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Melbourne, Florida
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64 reviews 64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

This is a smaller aquarium, but they do have nice displays of marine life from all types of waters.. Oceans, lakes, streams,etc. it was a bit pricey for what it is, but it was a nice way to spend a couple of hours out of the sun.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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228 reviews 228 reviews
37 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We visited on the hottest day of our visit. The cost of $30 per adult was very high, considering the place is a small 2 floors and you can see it all in 3 hours. However, they nurse several of the birds housed here back to health with this fee. Average aquarium at best.

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