South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston

3.8
#3 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in South Carolina
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 your South Carolina Aquarium visit and explore what else you can see and do in Charleston using our Charleston trip builder tool .
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  • This aquarium exceeded my expectations. My eight year old enjoyed it and was engaged in the exhibits and talks. The highlights were the 42foot deep center tank and the sea turtle rehab section.  more »
  • Mostly wanted to visit here for the sea turtle hospital. Luckily we were there near the time of the formal presentation by the hospital staff. Very informative.Check website for the twice daily presen...  more »
  • The aquarium is right on the water and they have a sea turtle rescue and recovery center. You can learn of the varies species of the turtles and see them in recovery up and close, They have an outside...  more »
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  • Charming little aquarium with informative exhibits on the local fauna and environment. The sea turtle nursery is a particular delight, the staff give tours explaining how they’ve found, rescued, and rehabilitated the animals in their care. My only gripes are that the price is pretty steep for a smallish space and there isn’t much in the way of food offerings. These are minor quibbles though.
  • Amazing aquarium! Best ever! We got invited on a behind the scenes tour to the top of the tank. The deepest in North America! The staff was amazing and ever present and very friendly.
  • It’s a place where you would like to come back. Good for family time, relaxing and learning something new. I highly recommend for locals a membership, it will pay back.
  • Highly recommend the South Carolina Aquarium. It is very well run. Took the family (2 kids - 6 and 4), 5 year old cousin, and the grandparents. All had a great time. When buying your tickets, ask about the"behind the scenes tour." It's free and so worth doing - for all ages. Every staff member we encountered was very nice and helpful, but I'd especially like to thank our tour guide, Bob. He was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, personable, and just great with the kids. He made our trip a special one.
  • Great aquarium! We've been several times when we visit family near Charleston, and it's always fun for the family! Nice, clean facility, excellent staff! Highly recommend!

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