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South Carolina Aquarium

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
South Carolina Aquarium Admission
From $29.95*
South Carolina Aquarium Admission
From $29.95*
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Fun, wonder and education come together at the South Carolina Aquarium. 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 Shallows, or see our brand...more
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100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC 29401-6300
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Prices were high but it was a great experience! I took my 1, 3, 5, and 12 year old and they loved it. The touch tank was neat and they also enjoyed feeding the sting rays. The sea lion show was cute. We missed 2...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Chasiti H
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went on a rainy Friday and were pleasantly surprised at how amazing this Aquarium is. They have great staff - and the volunteers are extraordinary. We saw an educational presentation at the large tank, and the diver was interacting with visitors and even played...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lisalazer18
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went with our adult children to pass the time on a rainy day, fine place but maybe over-priced. The sea turtle rescue info is very interesting.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank theshlee
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, SC ... we go there as often when we can and for sure on rainy days. We always see something new and the Kids can touch Animals and learn so much about them ...

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank baslerbebbie2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice aquarium to walk around in. Lots of local and global sea life. We spent a few hours here and at one point were asked if we would like to take a "backstage" tour where we went to the top of the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Brooke C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was bouncing back n forth between a 3 and 4 rating because $30 per person is too much for such a small aquarium. But when you factor in the location on the water and the friendliness of the staff walking around I narrowly bumped...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MrJim911
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this terrific aquarium on a very rainy day, so we took our time to explore all of the exhibits. The various put on by the staff were interesting and very professionally done. The staff certainly enjoys their jobs as evidenced by their enthusiasm...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bigbear65
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The main feature of this aquarium is a 42-foot deep fish tank that is about 30 feet wide by 25 feet long. This immense tank holds over 400 local-type fish, including one amazing loggerhead turtle. One of the friendly guides, Lindsay, took us “behind the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ed C
Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

After reading reviews we were torn on whether it would be worth the $29 per person to attend. We don’t have children so it was just two adults. I read up on Trip Advisor and we almost didn’t go based on a few reviews... I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LoveToTravel8282008
Footprints817405, Public Relations Manager at South Carolina Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! It sounds like you experienced everything the South Carolina Aquarium has to offer. We're so glad you glad to enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed December 6, 2018

Had a blast seeing the different kinds of species that live in our oceans, especially here in the low country! The staff was very friendly and helpful. The feeding of the sting rays was quite the experience and even freaked out to the point of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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September 29, 2018|
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Response from nic0le1377 | Reviewed this property |
Yes parking garage accessible
August 1, 2018|
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Response from Mother_Of_Dogs | Reviewed this property |
It's more indoor, but there were two exhibits that were outdoors. The stingray exhibit was covered so it was nice and cool, but I don't remember if the bird exhibit was covered or not.
August 1, 2018|
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Response from jeremyo164 | Reviewed this property |
Mostly all in doors a few pet stations out doors.