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South Carolina Aquarium

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Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC 29401-6300
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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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Beautiful, interesting but smallish

Well planned and beautiful museum. Great examples of local birds, fish and reptiles. I got to pet a shark. Just a bit tiny and not as large as some other aquariums I have been to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kristen H
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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East Aurora, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Jaded travelers may describe this aquarium as "small." However, in the eyes of someone who has never visited a mega-aquarium such as Atlanta's, this is a great place! Compared to smaller aquariums closer to my home that obviously receive far less funding (ex. Niagara Falls aquarium), I found it very clean, modern and spacious (despite hundreds upon hundreds, possibly thousands... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to the aquarium on a cold January day. It was nice to be out of the cold wind and enjoy something to do inside. The aquarium staff were very helpful offering lots of information. The aquarium is nice (much smaller and slightly disappointing compared to the Georgia Aquarium) and takes 1-2 hours to walk through the exhibits. You'll... More 

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Kelso, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the aquarium with our grown children and grand-kids. The staff offered guided tours and there was also an area that you could touch live starfish! Everyone in our group enjoyed the time that we spent at the aquarium.

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Thank Carol B
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

While on a Christmas cruise to Bahamas, the boat stopped in Charleston, SC. It was grey, chilly, and drizzling. So no horse drawn carriage tours of the city were operating, nor were there any harbor tours. (They only operate on weekends during winter). We hiked about 15 minutes from the boat to the aquarium. At the same location was the... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well planned and beautiful museum. Great examples of local birds, fish and reptiles. I got to pet a shark. Just a bit tiny and not as large as some other aquariums I have been to. Overall, I like it and think they did a great job. Biggest downside was that the animal information was more about identifying the animals than... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is not a large aquarium but there is a good variety of exhibits. The large tank is beautiful and has a variety of fish, sharks, and a loggerhead sea turtle. The aquarium has a turtle hospital and for an additional fee you can tour it and see the turtles up close and personal. It is amazing to see them... More 

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Thank Catherine H
Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really hope they drop the price at some point. The Aquarium is nice but SMALL.. It took me 1 1/2 hours to see everything. The Aquarium in Atlanta is just $10 more and 5 times bigger + they have dolphin Shows, etc. However, staff is nice and very educated. If you don't mind about the $ it's a great... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in here after a boat tour of Charleston harbor and I am so glad we did. This small aquarium has a beautiful bald eagle on display, as well as river otters, a beautiful 2-story tank with numerous local fish, a tank where you can pet rays, and an albino alligator. An exterior display has local fish and birds... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My son and I visited the Aquarium for about five hours on a Friday afternoon. We enjoyed the regular exhibits, especially the ones that allowed him to touch the animals. The scuba diver in the tank was also a highlight. Be sure to ask at the information desks about additional behind the scenes tours that are included in admission. We... More 

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Aynor, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely little aquarium that is well maintained and has some interesting exhibits. The ocean tank is beautiful! However, It is much smaller than the Mystic or Boston aquariums for the same price. Perhaps when the Sea Turtle exhibit is completed it won't feel so small. I was interested in seeing Sea Turtles and learn more about the... More 

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