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South Carolina Aquarium

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Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: (843) 720-1990
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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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The aquarium is a great day trip for families - there are some interesting exhibits and lots of hands on activities for children. A big negative is the cost - $29 for adults and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Karen R
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

really enjoyed our visit to the aquarium. Over the holidays my family was in town and we took them for a visit to the aquarium. We also got a behind the scenes tour of the sea turtle hospital. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff not to mention it was great to see all of the animals. Highly recommended.

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Thank Richard R
Beaufort, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Having been to a number of world-class aquariums, this is not one. The displays are pretty good, but the signage (or lack thereof) is disappointing. If you have aquatic animal knowledge above that of a preschooler or possibly a third grader, you'll know basically everything on the signs. Worse, I stood there wondering what many interesting fish were, with no... More 

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South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to a reception attended by over 800 people. Never felt crowded. The exhibits were awesome, and I don't like aquariums. The bald eagle was up close and personal.

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Thank rkilgo
Neptune Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful aquarium. The staff was well trained. knowledgeable and friendly. The collection of fish,amphibians and birds were amazing. We spent hours at the aquarium.

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Thank Travelingurl58
Anderson, SC, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter loves marine mammals and all sea creatures so much, this tour was the highlight of our visit to Charleston. We loved the touch tank and the birds. Also,spend the extra to visit the sea turtle hospital because it supports the work they do to save these wonderful endangered species.

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Thank Christine R
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The aquarium is a great day trip for families - there are some interesting exhibits and lots of hands on activities for children. A big negative is the cost - $29 for adults and an additional $10 if you want to visit the sea turtle hospital.

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1 Thank Karen R
Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bring all your family to enjoy the animals of South Carolina. The exhibits are fantastic. All kinds of fish to see. You will enjoy your time here!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Charleston Aquarium is a great place to visit with young children. It is small enough to see most everything in one afternoon without overwhelming the kids. There is a hands-on area where the children can touch the rays and splash a bit in the water. The staff feeds rescued birds just a few feet from where one stands. There... More 

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Jefferson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The aquarium is next door to the place to ride the boat to Ft. Sumter. Go early to the fort and when you get back walk next door and enjoy the aquarium. Parking is across the street and there is no need to move your car.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great time here with friends and family. Highly recommend this when you see the line for the Ft. Sumter is too long. -Your picture in front of the green screen features a shark to your upper right--act scared for a great picture. -Madagascar exhibit is pretty fun--small, but great for small kids. -Ocean tank is terrific--great, big barracudas!... More 

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