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South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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3.6/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web
Home to over 10,000 plants and animals, including sharks, otters, turtles, an albino alligator, hawks, and jellyfish, South Carolina Aquarium offers dive shows and animal programs every day. You'll witness a mountain forest and the plateaus of the Appalachians, nine galleries of aquatic animals, and numerous rotating exhibits. You'll be able to touch crabs and stingrays and take a tour of the sea turtle hospital. Watch a 4-D movie. The aquarium is home to 60 different nature habitats. Kids can explore the mini Madagascar exhibit, designed particularly for those who are in need of extra climbing and jumping. Plan to visit South Carolina Aquarium during your Charleston vacation using our convenient Charleston trip generator.
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  • This is not a huge aquarium but it has a regular programme of events going on in the different areas and guides offering behind the scenes tours to groups of visitors. We had seen the Great Ocean Tank...  read more »
  • I have been to countless aquariums and this may be the most disappointing. The parking garage is a bit of a hike from the Aquarium itself, as a pregnant woman it was not pleasant in the heat. Admissio...  read more »
  • This is one of my favorite places to go in Charleston! Each time I go, there is something new to see! This time there were Lego displays of marine life throughout the aquarium. They were excellent! Th...  read more »
  • It's a great aquarium and our children love it too. In addition to everything you'd expect in an aquarium, it also has touchable exhibitions. Here your kids will be able to touch, feel and interact with the aquatic life in a supervised setting. I liked that it has some outdoor opportunities once you enter. Most rooms are dimly lit to feature the fish, so getting a break to take in some sunlight and a great view of the bay is nice. It's not as big as the Atlanta aquarium and that's ok with me. It's size is just right to allow you to make it part of your families day, and not your whole day.
  • This is a fun little aquarium that offers two petting tanks, many ecosystems to explore and a tall central tank to observe fish and divers. They do a nice job highlighting local and regional aquatic life and create enjoyable peek-a-boo views tucked into corners. The signage could be more educational and all-inclusive (some species were not labeled), but overall it's worth the ticket price.
  • We loved this aquarium. It had way more then just aquatic animals. The salt marsh bird area was very cool. The Madagascar exhibit was great, and up close viewing of the bald eagle was amazing.
  • This was our family's first time in Charlaton SC, so we were unfamiliar with horrible parking situation of the town.. Luckily, this Aquarium has a convenient parking garage right next door to it. The Aquarium itself looks very large on the outside and is much more than just an aquarium on the inside, it also consisted of a small "Madagascar" themed indoor zoo, and an what looked like an large contained outdoor section, that we did not have time to visit, unfortunately. There's a very large aquarium in the middle of the building that is awe inspiring. It's full of large sharks and fish, and one really mean looking barracuda that wouldn't stop staring at me.... At least I think it was staring at me...? Idk There's also a couple of small indoor children's playgrounds located at opposite ends of the building, where parents can sit down and rest for a little while, and I thought that was very convenient. There was also a small 4D theater, that we also did not have time for, located right next to the main aquarium building. The prices seemed a little steep in my opinion, but, I'm sure it's also not cheap to run a full size aquatic animal park, either. The building itself was very well ACed, not too hot, and not too cold. All in all the kids had a blast, and that's what really matters, right?
  • This place terrible. I have to use bathroom and lady tell me no. She make me pay for whole day admission. I acdentally pee in trash. They remove me forflee. This terrible. I never coming to charleston aquarium again. Horrible. No good. bad place. terrible.
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