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South Carolina Aquarium

100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401
843-720-1990
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Ranked #35 of 104 attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Easley
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

I took my 14 year old and 9 year old. There were a couple of nice and interesting exhibits; however, most were not that great. They were nothing more than we have seen at our local zoo. The outdoor balcony was nice. Best view of the bridge in Charleston, great photo opt. The cafe was reasonably priced and good food.... More

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oklahoma
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This is a compact aquarium but really interesting. There are usually a lot of children as it caters to families. When we were there the aquarium had visiting mermaids from Florida. They were interesting but the main draw is the albino alligator. There is also a 4 D movie and a saltmarsh exhibit.

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Lumberton, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the aquarium but it seemed a little dated. It was a wet day. Carpet smelled. Had a very long line wait since it was a holiday weekend. The tour didn't take long mostly because you couldn't see the exhibits well bc so many people were there. The 4D movie was enjoyable but shorter than I thought it would... More

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Inman, South Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I thought this Aquarium was very entertaining. The Mermaid show was very well done. It was a rainey day in Charleston and a wonderful way to see all the different animals. They had snakes of all sizes and a large albino alligator. I would recommend.

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Albany, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The exhibits were good, but the place was pretty small. We were able to go through it completely in 45 minutes. Probably good for very small children, but not really for teenagers.

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Landenberg, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This aquarium was great for children - lots of hands on activities, but probably not great for adults solo. It is definitely geared towards young children. It's also fairly small. We did it in an afternoon even with watching their special mermaid show. It was very cute but a bit pricey for the size.

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Very kid friendly aquarium; they had a mermaid exhibit in the large saltwater tank, but our 6 year old wasn't interested as she'd already viewed something similar at another aquarium. Their ocean exhibit was small but varied. Our 6 year old enjoyed the Madagascar exhibit, especially the lemurs! The albino alligator is also worth viewing as they are so rare.... More

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Brighton, Michigan
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Stopped in during a scheduled visit to Charleston. Very challenging to find parking which caused traffic back ups. Finally made it in and large crowds of young children enjoying mermaids events. Wish we'd known but really enjoyed the multi story aquarium. My daughter's friend got an awesome shot with the sea turtle. I swear it posed. About 100$ for our... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Arrived to find that parking garage needed a "special pass" to park in it, at an extra cost, which was not mentioned on their website when I prepurchased tickets 2 weeks ago. After walking over 3 blocks, I would have had to wait at least 30 minutes for a ticket, had I not prepurchased tickets. Once in the door, I... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I took our one year old son as my husband had an event for work in the Charleston area on a Saturday. My son and I spent the day together, first going to the Childrens Museum (cute place!) and then later to here. It's a little pricey for admission, but I thought it was fun to stroll him around to... More

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