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South Carolina Aquarium

100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401
843-720-1990
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Ranked #35 of 103 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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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

On a rainy day tough to go to the beach or golf, so we figured a trip into Charleston and a visit to the SC Aquarium would be a good way to spend a chunk of the day - and it was, but not sure it worth the price of admission. It is much smaller than the GA Aquarium, but... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The aquarium is everything you expect and the large aquarium was very cool if you've never experienced it before. It is pretty pricey though.

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Shiloh, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It's a nice place but have seen better ones. We only spent about an hour there and it's pretty expensive for that. We did the moving theater too and it was a bit disappointing. We have been to ones where your whole seat moves, these vibrate, they don't move. I also absolutely hated driving into downtown Charleston to go there.... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Sure it isn't the biggest aquarium and is a little pricey but it is kid friendly and there was still plenty to see. 4D Movie was well done as well.

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SF
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172 reviews 172 reviews
23 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the aquarium. It is a smaller aquarium, but a little known fact is that they have the deepest fish enclosure in the US. It is teeming with fish that are medium size, up to 6 feet. We enjoyed the Madagascar exhibit for the unusual variety of wild life. The bald eagle is spectacular. My daughter... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The aquarium isn't that big. There is nothing wrong with it, just not great vfm given the number of exhibits I felt. Worth a look but don't expect to be there too long. Great mermaid show which kids love though. So if children in tow see that, and get a seat early (30 minutes before it starts)

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Savannah, Georgia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The admission was a bit pricy but the money goes to support the animals. There was several exhibits from fish to lemurs. I was very impressed with all the mammals being rescued. There was a mermaid exhibit that the kids loved. The café was very busy and the gift shop was nice and had a variety of items. The Sea... More

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Westfield, Indiana
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Impressed with this aquarium. Everyone was very friendly. I enjoyed the themed areas and interactive areas. Their animals are primarily rescued and there is a wide variety. I especially enjoyed that it did not force you onto a one way track through it like many aquariums which also allowed you to go back and revisit portions you really liked. Much... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Lots of friendly staff walking around with animals and there seemed to be keeper talks often which were informative. Great for a quick stop as you're seeing other things, but pricey. My 10 and 13yr old really liked it.

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Moncks Corner, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Sure it is a little on the expensive side, but the kids 6,4,& 1 love it. The 4-D theater is awesome! We usually spend a good hour or two and visit the touch tank multiple times, then head outside to watch the boats on the water. The kids are always excited to go back.

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