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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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Had a nice time

This aquarium is small compared to others we have visited but it was still very nice and had a lot to see. We got our tickets a the visitor's center so it was a few dollars... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Lancaster, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been to a lot of aquariums up and down the east cost and find this one pretty average. Fortunately, we had enough time to do both Ft. Sumter and the aquarium. If you're short on time, go for Ft. Sumter. It's cheaper and a much better experience.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Best Rainy Day activity. They also host balls, wedding events and parties at night. If you ever get invited to one of those then GO! During the day it is a great activity for kids, couples, solo. The architecture is amazing.

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Thank Jane S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This aquarium is small compared to others we have visited but it was still very nice and had a lot to see. We got our tickets a the visitor's center so it was a few dollars cheaper than at the ticket window. There was a lot to see besides fishes. There were monkeys, birds, otters, snakes, and a huge alligator.... More 

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Madisonville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

All the locals said we just had to go to the aquarium, so, we went. The water taxi was the best part of this trip. I guess after being to much bigger aquariums that take several hours to go through, this one just didn't do anything for the 4 of us. It took us about an hour to go through,... More 

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is not a large aquarium but very nice. Probably takes about 90 minutes to tour at a relaxed pace. The highlights were the albino alligator, sea turtle, river otters, and moray eel. There is one very large tank with tons of fish, small sharks, piranha and one sea turtle that stole the show. There was an outdoor tank where... More 

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Thank esser1999
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved our visit! Will be back year after year. The behind the scenes tour was awesome! If you want to experience the turtle rescue your you need to call first thing in the morning and reserve. It was booked up by 10am.

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Thank Joseph H
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went with my daughter, son-in-law and my four grandchildren to the aquarium. We really enjoyed all of the exhibits. But most of all, we appreciate Robert, who was teaching at the Touch Tank exhibit. He invited my family for a behind-the-scenes private tour of the tank that houses the sea turtle because my 9-year-old granddaughter very excitedly answered all... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a really fun time at the aquarium. especially loved the huge viewing windows underwater, the touch tanks, and the beautiful bald eagle (!). Some of the staff are really young and don't know much about the animals (seemed more like camp counselors than naturalists) but ALL employees were kind and engaging, especially the folks at the ticket counter.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The 4D movie was cute. The Bald Eagle was an impressive first sight. Love the fact the aquarium is primarily based on the animals native to the area. The largest salt water tank was impressive and the live talk with the Diver in the tank was informative and fun. We had a great experience, just seemed a little pricey.

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We've been to aquariums all over the world and this is average at best. Nice location and nice building, but smallish displays and expensive for what you get.

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