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South Carolina Aquarium

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Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC 29401
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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$25*
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South Carolina Aquarium Admission
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$32*
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Sunset Cruise on the Charleston Harbor

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Nice aquarium, but modest in size

The SC Aquarium is a nice visit and you can see it completely in 90 minutes or less. There are some fine exhibits and the large tank in the center of the aquarium is cool. There... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Weston, Connecticut
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Weston, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The SC Aquarium is a nice visit and you can see it completely in 90 minutes or less. There are some fine exhibits and the large tank in the center of the aquarium is cool. There are also some exhibits that are inside/outside that are very nice, and a few interactive exhibits. Parking is right across the street and very... More 

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Shavertown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm a little confused that so many people rate the aquarium "small" or "not worth the money." On the contrary...this gem is well worth the price of admission and you can certainly spend "more than an hour." Yes, it is smaller than Baltimore or Camden, but there is more than enough to see. With 3 teenagers in tow, we were... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

i was disappointed in the aquarium given the high admission price. It is probably a better value if you are taking children who can take advantage of the hands on educational aspects. I was disappointed that while there were salt water tanks, there wasn't an actual coral reef.

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very impressed! Spent the morning at the aquarium with my family. I would definitely recommend this activity when you are in Charleston. A great place to take your kids!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My main complaint about this aquarium is that it's poorly designed. The otter tank is just inside the door that leads to the other exhibits. This creates a traffic jam during the otter programs. Also, there are stairs on only one side of the building, which makes it easy to miss the displays on the first floor.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice place to visit with kids. Ours (ages 2 and 4) were a little too young to appreciate the 4-D movie. A few animal encounters allowed the kids to get up close to snakes, turtles, and alligator. Small snack bar. Water bottle refill station was a bonus on a hot day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had an excellent time here in April. There's so much to see I don't know where to begin. From the spectacular 4D cinema experience to all the creatures that live above and below the water, this place has it all for a nature lover! If you are in Charleston and have the time it is well... More 

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Elkhart, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This aquarium is a great place to learn new things about some fish and crustaceans that we haven't seen before. There is a great deal of interactive exhibits and many of the husbandry staff and employees available to talk to and most have an animal for you to touch and/or hold (turtles, snakes, birds, etc..) Very clean place.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a nice aquarium with a good array of fish and sea life. I enjoyed my day there alone while my husband visiting the base. It was especially nice that I could walk from my historic district hotel and get there in less than 15 minutes. It's a nice way to spend a few hours in Charleston.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice aquarium right on harbor. Best part was seeing live dolphins playing right outside the building. Also enjoyed the touch tanks with sting rays and star fish. Took us roughly 2.5 hours to do it all. A little expensive for what it is, though. Kids enjoyed.

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