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Address: 1216 King St., 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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See a white alligator

The white alligator was a highlight of the visit. The outdoor aviary was also especially good. It's not a large aquarium but it is nicely done. Be sure to see the 4-D film. It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The white alligator was a highlight of the visit. The outdoor aviary was also especially good. It's not a large aquarium but it is nicely done. Be sure to see the 4-D film. It takes less than 2 hours to see it all at a leisurely pace. You also have great views of the Ravenel Bridge and harbor from this... More 

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North Carolina
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18 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

That's what made the biggest impression... Toddlers galore!!! The aquarium was nice, very clean, great animals, plenty to see, great reading info. We had a party of 5, and we all had a great time. I would value it at maybe $19 per adult vs. $29.99 that they charge but going on a rainy day was still a good way... More 

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south carolina
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205 reviews 205 reviews
23 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Our group had an after hour reunion & enjoyed the venue very much. The aquarium is well run, with a nice cross section of fishlife. For an after hour event, the view & setting is hard to beat, looking out over Charleston harbor.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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152 reviews 152 reviews
61 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Been to a lot of aquariums in several countries and love to visit this one on our own state.My son and I always try to go to the Turtle Hospital below every time .Nice job they are doing to help the inhabitants.The varieties of fish they have are amazing but my favorite guy is seeing the Bald eagle up close.

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Plain City, Ohio
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46 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We are in town visiting a local friend and decided we needed to check out the aquarium. It has many of the expected exhibits and even some you don't normally see. They have a couple of otters that were fun to watch and a bald eagle that cannot live in the wild. There was also a huge lionfish exhibit, I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

We came here as part of a field trip with my daughter's school in myrtle beach. I found the progression from mountains to wet lands to be an interesting approach. I especially enjoyed the mountains area. It's a great place to visit.

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Montrose, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We have visited the aquarium twice, both times with our grandson. He was 2 the first time and almost 4 the second time. This is a beautiful aquarium. There is such a wide variety of animals on display. The enclosures are well kept and roomy. Many of the animals they have are rescues, so no need to feel badly for... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A great escape from the weather, be it rainy or too hot. It's clean, interactive, informative and perfect for pre-school/school-aged children. Don't miss the mermaid visit in the spring or Scuba Claus/4D polar express in December!

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Stockbridge, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Let me start off by saying what I am accustomed to...the Georgia Aquarium. With that being said I most certainly recommend the South Carolina Aquarium and Sea Turtle Hospital. The staff alone are worth it. They are friendly, approachable, intelligent, and make you feel that even your most ridiculous question is important. These people are educators and it shows. Yes,... More 

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We got a deal through our hotel for the tickets, so I can't be unjust for the deficiency of things to do. Its pretty much a giant fish tank, with a few interactive activities for the kids. Not really impress, we were done with the whole aquarium tour within the hour of arriving. Not much to say, other than the... More 

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