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Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC 29401-6300
Phone Number: +1 843-720-1990
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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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Took advise of other readers and visited the aquarium. A lot of fun. The otters were a treat as were the variety of fish species. Got to touch a baby alligator,see an Albino Adult... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Manalapan, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is not a "must see" but a nice way to spend an hour or two, especially on a rainy day. There are several interactive exhibits that I think would be really nice for kids. I thought the admission was a little high but we got a discount coupon from our hotel so it wasn't bad. Ask at your hotel... More 

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Voorhees, New Jersey, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The aquarium was nice but a little underwhelming. The bird sanctuary and feeding tanks were nice and all the employees we encountered were knowledgeable and pleasant. For smaller kids, I thought it was perfect. We were all adults and made our way through in a hour

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Took advise of other readers and visited the aquarium. A lot of fun. The otters were a treat as were the variety of fish species. Got to touch a baby alligator,see an Albino Adult Alligator and some large eel. Snake show was also very interesting. Definitely worth the visit.

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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Activities for children. Cool lego displays. They have a shallow 'touch tank' for the kids. Will only take a few hours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

right on the harbor with lots of views, this aquarium has a number of exhibits that will be of interest.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with the family on 11/20 and we all really enjoyed it. Beautiful and clean exhibits, well knowledged staff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Must see when inCharleton. Great exhibits and great to see how the children enjoy and intermingle with the exhibits

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There were staff in all of the galleries to explain the animals to the kids. There were touch tanks for hermit crabs and sting rays. The exhibits progressed from the mountains to the piedmont to the coast. And, the deepest aquarium in North America was made even more special with a dive show. Note that by South Carolina state law,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I brought our daughter here annually since she was 2-years-old. After a five year hiatus, we returned. It was pretty much the same, but definitely different through the eyes of a toddler. Though she is now a teenager, she still enjoyed the experience. (Fortunately we were heading to a carriage tour later that day.) Bottom-line this aquarium... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not worth the $25. Seen better for less money. I thought it would have had more to show but it didn't. Skip this aquarium. Gave 2 stars for the sea turtle.

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