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South Carolina Aquarium

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Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC 29401-6300
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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Wonderful family attraction!!!

Not as impressive as some aquariums I have seen, but an excellent multi-generational experience. The staff was available to closely interact with visitors, letting them closely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Lee M
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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a truly fantastic Aquarium. We have seen many but this one is exceptional. It is very modern and located on the Charleston waterfront. We started off with birds and reptiles including a bald eagle and an albino alligator! A small group passed us and the guide asked us to join in. We went behind the scenes. This was... More 

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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I was very disappointed with the aquarium. It was much smaller than I expected and very overcrowded. I was looking forward to the sea turtle hospital but it was sold out for the day. I asked if we could visit it tomorrow and was told that I would have to pay for the entire aquarium package again and then it... More 

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Amissville, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice little aquarium, they had a bald eagle rescue thing going on, which is always nice. You can get up really close to the bird the way the enclosure is set up. We took several selfies together, me and the feathered one. They had a neat feature for the kids with these passport stamps at varying locations around the aquarium.... More 

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Brentwood, TN, United States
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had a group of a few hundred Realtors use the Aquarium as the venue for our Kick Off party for a convention. This was by far one of the best places for a party like this. We had food stations on both levels, drink stations, and getting to walk around to see all of the fish and sea creatures... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

one of the best aquarium around place it beautiful and they have a lot to show u and teach u we really enjoyed every moment

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Thank mememomala
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not as impressive as some aquariums I have seen, but an excellent multi-generational experience. The staff was available to closely interact with visitors, letting them closely observe a barn owl and bald eagle and observe and touch a baby alligator, baby sand sharks, starfish, and hermit crabs!!! While somewhat limited, the habitat displays and tanks were well done and quite... More 

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Thank Lee M
West Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not the biggest aquarium I've ever visited, but there are some gems to be found here. I love the huge ocean tank because it's two stories high and you can stare at it forever. The museum has a good flow to it and has lots of information and exhibits for younger kids. It's a bit expensive, but it's a... More 

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Holtsville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Juast like any other aquarium.If you have kids with you they would probaly like it.They advetise sea turtles,but they only way to see them is to pay extra

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Thank Ken D
Jefferson, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We plan our 3rd grade overnight field trip around the aquarium! The kids love it! Moving through the regions of SC helps our students really learn the standards.

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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The design makes a lot of sense; you start with the aquatic life in the mountain forests and work your way down to the ocean as you proceed through the exhibits. A great place for kids and adults to learn, touch starfish and marvel at the sights of exciting fish. A junior aquarium compared to Baltimore's but still impressive. The... More 

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