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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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Could have skipped this

If you have kids, this is the place to go. If you are adults going alone, then you can skip this. I have been to several other aquariums and all were way better than this one... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

If you have kids, this is the place to go. If you are adults going alone, then you can skip this. I have been to several other aquariums and all were way better than this one. It is not large and can be done in an hour. We allocated more time than was necessary. The only good part was the... More 

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Hartsville, South Carolina
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134 reviews 134 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This was a fun rainy day! From the snakes to the lemurs, there was more than just water creatures to see. We watched the 4D movie too which was neat. The SC aquarium was a really nice place to explore!

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Tega Cay, South Carolina
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We have visited alot of aquariums around the country and this one was just really small and unimpressive. The location is great, but not worth our vacation dollars for our family of five. Skip it.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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108 reviews 108 reviews
86 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Okay, maybe it is a bit cheesy. But the tank with all of those fish does look impressive. And the 'site specific" displays are rather well done also. And there is a lot of it, I must admit that. However, this is just us. We are all real glad that it is here. And we hope that you will come... More 

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West Bloomfield, Michigan, Usa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

It was cold and rainy in Charleston yesterday. My husband and I decided to go to the South Carolina Aquarium, as suggested by the staff at our hotel. The 4 D movie was excellent! All the exhibits were very interesting. I would highly recommend a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium.

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Orlando, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Took my boyfriend here last week. Charleston is my hometown and this was my second time bringing him to visit. I had never been to this aquarium and it did not disappoint! Very clean, modern building with plenty of exhibits and information for all ages. Great variety of sea life as well as birds, amphibians, and other land animals. There... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This might be your place if you have some budding marine biologists in the family but it seemed to me to smack of tourist trap so I just gotta put this out there: You don't see the price posted anywhere in Charleston until you get to right up to the front door (3 bus transfers later) and then BAM--30 bucks... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

This place is a great addition to the area..not the biggest attraction but nice, clean, and great service from all who worked there. Do not miss this place...young or old!

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Portage la Prairie, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We spent 4 1/2 hours in this aquarium. The staff were very friendly and pleasant to be around. We got to see a snake, an alligator and a barn owl up close. Staff members were walking around with these creatures and you could touch the snake and alligator. The children around us were so excited to do this! We took... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This aquarium is larger, nicer, and contains more wildlife than you would expect. Our group of 4 had ages 11, 19, 44, and 45, and everyone loved it.

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