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South Carolina Aquarium

Address: 1216 King St., Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 843-720-1990
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$25*
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South Carolina Aquarium Admission
72%
Ranked #28 of 107 Attractions in Charleston
Owner description: Fun, wonder and education come together at the South Carolina...
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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!
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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101 reviews 101 reviews
29 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

You might think, as I first did, that this is a small-town aquarium with a few fish on a wharf and not much to see. WRONG! The aquarium is beautiful, very full, very diverse, and actually one of the better ones I have been to. There are fish galore, birds, crocodiles, snakes, lemurs, and more! The aquarium hosts are very... More 

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Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I met this lady named fran and it was my birthday and she gave me a behind the scenes tour she was very polite and nice and was willing to help me I'm in a wheelchair and she showed me around she brought everything close to my level.everyone that I met there was very nice and kind I can't wait... More 

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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108 reviews 108 reviews
39 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We spent a few hours here while waiting for our hotel room to be ready nearby. The aquarium is located on the river so it is very scenic. You can actually walk there from downtown Charleston. It is about a 15/20 minute walk from the City Market area. Compared to the Atlanta and New Jersey Aquariums this aquarium is on... More 

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Coral Springs, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My company hosted a dinner there and it was really cool. There were food stations and bars throughout the space. There is plenty of space for a live band and a dance floor. We arrived at night when the sun was already down and I didn't have a chance to take in the view. Visiting an aquarium is not something... More 

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

This is a great place for kids! Lots of low portals and peepholes for little ones to see aquatic life up close! My favorite was the Bald Eagle!

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Moretown, Vermont, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I enjoyed my time here. While a small aquarium, I really enjoyed the exhibits. A very good good spot for kids and a good value if you're looking to do something inside.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It's cool the first time, okay the second, and kind of blah the third time. I also went here for NYE. It was nice that everyone was dressed up (black tie, cocktail dresses), but it was super crowded, long lines for the restroom, etc. Also, it's not the biggest aquarium, but it's cool to see just once.

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Clemson, South Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This review is for the ball on New Year's Eve at the Aquarium. This was the first time I've been to this ball and I had a great time. The drink selection was nice and the different exhibits and tanks made for a great backdrop. There was a band in addition to DJs that were set up throughout the aquarium.... More 

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Vicksburg, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I haven't been back here in years but am looking forward to spending part of my honeymoon down in Charleston. I know that the Aquarium is on the small side compared to some of the others but always found it enjoyable. I especially loved the standing wall aquarium and seeing the sea turtles swim in the tank. I have very... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I've been to several city aquariums & sadly this one is VERY small for the price you pay. It does have a large tank with a few smaller sharks & large turtles that are fun to see, but not much else. Little windows of jelly fish etc. here and there. So happy they have a little area to play with... More 

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