South Carolina Aquarium
South Carolina Aquarium
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Discover the wonder of water, wildlife and wild places at the South Carolina Aquarium. Overlooking the Charleston Harbor, the Aquarium connects you with nearly 5,000 amazing animals and learn how you can protect them. Come face-to-face with sick and injured sea turtles in rehabilitation in our Sea Turtle Care Center ™ and follow their journeys from rescue to rehab to release. Visit our two touch tanks for a hands-on experience with stingrays, sharks, horseshoe crabs, sea stars and urchins. Learn fascinating details about the natural world at daily dive shows and animal encounters.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Presley H
    Johnson City, Tennessee5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was okay.
    It was very interactive, great for kids. I loved the otters and the sea turtles. I only saw 1 shark and 1 large sea turtle in the giant tank. I liked the sea turtle rehab center as it showed before and after pictures. The snack shack is very limited and overpriced. The gift shop is outrageous on pricing but that is to be expected. There is a variety of animals, not just fish. It is on the waterway so you have the opportunity to see dolphins. Overall, it was okay. If you have small children I would recommend. Otherwise, I was more impressed with Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 10 July 2023
  • mom4mke
    97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love this aquarium!
    We visit this aquarium every time we visit the Charleston area. Great aquarium that showcases sea turtle rehabilitation and conservation. We pay a little extra to feed the sting rays which our family really enjoys. We have been able to see wild dolphins swimming outside of the aquarium which was an unexpected bonus. Garage parking is available a block or so from the aquarium. Would be nice if the cafe in the aquarium would open but that's about the only down side.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Cosmopolitan719583
    Bowling Green, Kentucky12 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s just ok
    It’s an aquarium yes, 2 floors. For the price i expected more. This was a place that is very interactive for children which is great, however the cost may prevent families from choosing to visit. The pictures were nice again very costly ($40). and of course there is the gift shop at the end. Parking garage is close by can be costly based on how long you stay. Meter parking on street is available as well. Handicap parking is available on the upper levels and elevators are close by. You can walk out on the observation deck and sit if you would like. Views are very nice.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 August 2023
  • KAG313
    Boston, Massachusetts12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice
    My 9 year old son and I really enjoyed this Aquarium! We spent a few hours here. It was on the smaller side. Very clean, nice gift shop. We got hot dogs from the little cafe and ate outside by the stingray tank with a beautiful view of the harbor and bridge. Adult admission was $37.50, child (3-12) $30 and then $5 to "feed the rays." We would definitely go back...very fun time! It's right on the harbor, so you can jump on the water taxi and go over to the USS Yorktown or The Pier where The Vendue Fountain and Pineapple Fountain are.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Richard C
    798 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expensive, but well done
    The South Carolina Aquarium is in Liberty Square. Entrance might require that you mortgage your house, but, then again, I did not purchase the tix in advance so I left myself in for a shock. Once inside, you'll see a variety of sea creatures, fresh water creatures, slithering creatures, and a rather sad but majestic bald eagle. Everyone I spoke to was friendly and knowledgeable, so, ultimately, I felt I had contributed to the salaries of some bright, outgoing recent college grads who are trying to survive in Charleston.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 December 2023
  • Karson
    Clemson, South Carolina1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Service and Accommodations
    I can't say enough positive things about my recent experience at the South Carolina Aquarium. From start to finish, every aspect exceeded my expectations in cleanliness. The quality of the cleaning was simply outstanding. The bathrooms were some of the cleanest I have ever visited. I ran into Loretta during my time and she was delightful, a true example of southern hospitality and warmth. She went above and beyond to accommodate me and my situation and I am truly touched at the service received. The level of care and dedication exhibited by Loretta was astounding. It was evident that she took pride in her work and was committed to delivering exceptional results. She approached her tasks with precision and efficiency, yet never once did I feel rushed. She was thorough in her work, ensuring that every nook and cranny was given the attention it deserved. Overall, I couldn't be more impressed with the level of service I received. My experience really exceeded all expectations.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 January 2024
  • Liz M
    Silver Spring, Maryland74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    They have the cutest animals!
    They have the cutest animals! Wonderful aquarium with great programs and animals. Loved feeding and petting the rays and the horseshoe crabs. The variety of birds were a nice bonus. I would highly recommend visiting this aquarium
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 February 2024
  • Alexandra
    United States169 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Nice Indoor Activity in Charleston
    It was a rainy day in Charleston and my mom and I were looking for something to do indoors. We discovered Charleston was home to the South Carolina Aquarium and decided to spend a couple of hours there. It’s such a very facility and we really loved the sea turtle rehabilitation center! We also really enjoyed the touch tank for the sting rays -- they are so social and love to be touched! However, the cost for tickets is a bit on the pricer side considering the size of the aquarium, and they don’t offer discounts for seniors which was a little disappointing. I suppose it does all go to a good cause, but did wish there were additional exhibits to justify the cost.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 March 2024
  • IllinoisMrsZ
    322 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Aquarium and Presentations!
    We four ladies in our 60's decided to visit the aquarium because of the turtle hospital. Thought the price was bit steep for only 2 floors of animal displays, but it was a nice variety of the different habitats in SC. We did make sure to hit 3 of the presentations: Feeding at the touch tank(very interesting to see the horseshoe crab eat!), Dive into the G.O.T.(a bit hokey, more for kids), and the Turtle Talk( the reason for our visit and very informative). There was an area for hands on things for children to do. Enjoyed seeing the bald eagle that put on quite a noisy display(wish I had gotten it on video as it was interesting to hear its sound). Very nice gift shop with lots to entice parents to buy something for the kids. The small area with food/snack offerings smelled wonderful when walking by. Loved its setting by the harbor. Convenient parking garage across street. Worth the visit!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 March 2024
  • Jason & Bill
    Kings Mountain, North Carolina21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You’ll be sorry if you don’t go!
    Excellent visit! Went behind the scenes with one of the staff and was so interesting. Very clean and easy to maneuver. Very educational and entertaining. Our experience with Anna was amazing! She is so dedicated to her work and the animals. She provided us with a behind the scenes tour and informed us of so much stuff.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 April 2024
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aswad9
Arusha, Tanzania417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This place is really wonderful. Up close and personal, the touch experience is super. Pluse the turtle recovery area is great
Written 13 May 2024
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Kay
West Richland, WA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I love this aquarium! We had a great time! You must go see Corretta and Liberty! The staff were all so nice! Especially Kelly, thanks to her for the secret tour!
Written 29 April 2024
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Jason & Bill
Kings Mountain, NC21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Excellent visit! Went behind the scenes with one of the staff and was so interesting. Very clean and easy to maneuver. Very educational and entertaining. Our experience with Anna was amazing! She is so dedicated to her work and the animals. She provided us with a behind the scenes tour and informed us of so much stuff.
Written 23 April 2024
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IllinoisMrsZ
Illinois322 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We four ladies in our 60's decided to visit the aquarium because of the turtle hospital. Thought the price was bit steep for only 2 floors of animal displays, but it was a nice variety of the different habitats in SC. We did make sure to hit 3 of the presentations: Feeding at the touch tank(very interesting to see the horseshoe crab eat!), Dive into the G.O.T.(a bit hokey, more for kids), and the Turtle Talk( the reason for our visit and very informative). There was an area for hands on things for children to do. Enjoyed seeing the bald eagle that put on quite a noisy display(wish I had gotten it on video as it was interesting to hear its sound). Very nice gift shop with lots to entice parents to buy something for the kids. The small area with food/snack offerings smelled wonderful when walking by. Loved its setting by the harbor. Convenient parking garage across street. Worth the visit!
Written 27 March 2024
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Cheryl D
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We appreciated the diverse range and abundance of fish species, as well as the interactive stingray petting experience. However, the aquarium was noted to be on the smaller side.
Written 24 March 2024
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John J
Crofton, MD123 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It wasn’t a bad experience as we enjoyed our almost two hours of checking out the exhibits. From the perspective of value it was just a couple dollars cheaper than the National aquarium in Baltimore but it was also significantly smaller.
Written 9 March 2024
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Alexandra
United States169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It was a rainy day in Charleston and my mom and I were looking for something to do indoors. We discovered Charleston was home to the South Carolina Aquarium and decided to spend a couple of hours there. It’s such a very facility and we really loved the sea turtle rehabilitation center! We also really enjoyed the touch tank for the sting rays -- they are so social and love to be touched! However, the cost for tickets is a bit on the pricer side considering the size of the aquarium, and they don’t offer discounts for seniors which was a little disappointing. I suppose it does all go to a good cause, but did wish there were additional exhibits to justify the cost.
Written 7 March 2024
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Liz M
Silver Spring, MD74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
They have the cutest animals! Wonderful aquarium with great programs and animals. Loved feeding and petting the rays and the horseshoe crabs. The variety of birds were a nice bonus. I would highly recommend visiting this aquarium
Written 12 February 2024
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Karson
Clemson, SC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I can't say enough positive things about my recent experience at the South Carolina Aquarium. From start to finish, every aspect exceeded my expectations in cleanliness. The quality of the cleaning was simply outstanding. The bathrooms were some of the cleanest I have ever visited. I ran into Loretta during my time and she was delightful, a true example of southern hospitality and warmth. She went above and beyond to accommodate me and my situation and I am truly touched at the service received. The level of care and dedication exhibited by Loretta was astounding. It was evident that she took pride in her work and was committed to delivering exceptional results. She approached her tasks with precision and efficiency, yet never once did I feel rushed. She was thorough in her work, ensuring that every nook and cranny was given the attention it deserved. Overall, I couldn't be more impressed with the level of service I received. My experience really exceeded all expectations.
Written 31 January 2024
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Richard C
Virginia798 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The South Carolina Aquarium is in Liberty Square. Entrance might require that you mortgage your house, but, then again, I did not purchase the tix in advance so I left myself in for a shock. Once inside, you'll see a variety of sea creatures, fresh water creatures, slithering creatures, and a rather sad but majestic bald eagle. Everyone I spoke to was friendly and knowledgeable, so, ultimately, I felt I had contributed to the salaries of some bright, outgoing recent college grads who are trying to survive in Charleston.
Written 7 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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