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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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  • 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 tha...  more »
  • 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 t...  more »
  • 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 a...  more »
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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.