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South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston
(3.7/5 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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  • The price was $20 per adult and contrary to many of the other reviews I thought it was fair. They have a very well kept establishment and a lot of different exhibits. It was a lot of fun and sometimes...  more »
  • South Carolina Aquarium has many interesting exhibits, including very large tanks with sharks and turtles, There was also an albino alligator there,when I went, and an underwater pumpkin-carving conte...  more »
  • The South Carolina Aquarium extends over two floors and is home to birds and reptiles along with most diverse marine life. In the outdoor area is located a large basin with many rays can be observed well in swimming, you can touch even the skin of rays. An employee provides detailed information to the way of life of the rays. A huge, high aquarium with diverse colorful fish and prawns waiting at the entrance of the Aquarium. In addition, we were lucky to be able to see an OWL up close, which was held by a staff member on hand. Also an Eagle can be seen up close. The Aquarium has various, thematically structured exhibition areas, which are all very beautiful and lovingly decorated. Also you will find employees who inform very well about the animals there always. On the first floor several large aquariums but also numerous birds that can freely move inside the external enclosure. All of these birds were found injured, healthy care, can no longer be released. To observe the feeding of the birds, the Pelican was a great experience. There is also a huge sea water tank of 10 m height, in which numerous species of fish, including shark fish and a huge turtle Frolic. Several times a day get divers in the tank and can communicate with the audience through a microphone, talk to the animals in the tank and answer questions viewers. We well liked and in contrast to other aquariums in the United States, where often are the shows in the foreground, this kind of "education" has promised very us. The Aquarium is a must for nature lovers!
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  • Price is high for the size of this aquarium $24_$30 We are members and our one reason why we get the membership was because they had a 4D movie theater and was the fun for teens and kids . They have remove this part of the aquarium, fish stills the same always movies bring us back. We aren't paying for another year of membership.. not worth it any more.
  • My husband and I took our 6 week old here! It was so fun and we got lots of great pictures with the fish! Definitely good for young children. Many diverse sea animals and cool lego exhibit. I'd recommend the aquarium!
  • Its a lot smaller and has less exhibits then other aquariums I have been to. But all the staff was so nice. The behind the scene tour was interesting. The touch tanks was cool. From what we saw was that they really care and take care of there animals
  • 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.
  • Truly exceptional. Praise Joe Riley for this fantastic addition to our little historic ocean city. What an amazing place for family fun and learning. Toys, learning, low country authors, food, clean restrooms, parking, ocean view, divers, oceanologists, biologists, critters from all over the world. Really safe, just incredible fun, every time we something new and amazing.