South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston

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South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401, United States

Phone: +1-8437201990

Ticket Price: 24 USD

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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About South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston

North American River otters, loggerhead sea turtles, alligators, great blue herons, hawks, owls, lined seahorses, jellyfish, pufferfish, green moray, eels, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, pythons, sharks and many more- Yes! You get to see all of these under the same roof. This aquarium has hundreds of sea animals and plants put on display for us to enjoy. The largest exhibit of all time here is the aquarium that starts from the first floor and goes till the third floor. Another very attractive thing here is the touch tank in which visitors can touch and feel the creepy crawlies an also the bigger animals.

This aquarium building was established in 2000 with the mission to conserve and bring in front of people the wonders of the Amazon River. This means the first displays included animals such as skunks, barn owls, snakes, bald eagle, penguins and many others from the Amazon basin which later expanded to animals from other parts of the world as well. This place is especially more enjoyed by children and teenagers. The design of the building is very interesting with the most modern touches of architecture and the inside feels like we are already snorkeling under the waters. All around you get the soothing sight of blue clear waters with colorful fishes and animals. The sea plants and corals kept here are equally beautiful. Altogether, this place gives you an opportunity to explore the marine world without even being on a beach.

South Carolina Aquarium Information

  • $17 (3-12 years)
  • Free (toddlers and members)
  • Extra $5 for the 15 minute 4-D Animal Show.
  • Photography is not allowed inside the aquarium.

How To reach South Carolina Aquarium by Public Transport

  • Bus number 210 till Concord Street.

Restaurants Near South Carolina Aquarium

  • Basil Thai Restaurant
  • McCrady’s
  • TBonz Gill & Grill
  • Husk
  • Swamp Fox Restaurant
  • Low Country Bistro
  • O-Ku
  • Hank’s Seafood Restaurant

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  • 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.

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  • While this is not the larget aquarium out there it is still a fun place. Tickets are a bit pricey so we get the year pass and it is a fun adventure for my little ones. It is focused on local animals which is wonderful to teach our kids about. I really like the new area with the recovering turtles. The staff is always very friendly and great with my kids. I'd still go without kids, even if only once just to see everything. Get there right as it opens so you can see dolphins out in the water and have less of a crowd.

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  • The South Carolina Aquarium is an excellent showcase for the native animals of the area. Its residents include Liberty the bald eagle, Ace and Stone the river otters, and hundreds of other fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The exhibits guide you from a glimpse of local sea life in a two story, 385,000 gallon tank, to a mountain stream in the upstate, teeming with crawfish and trout. The views of the harbor are some of the best in the area, and showcase the wild dolphins who frequent the area. There are two touch areas, as well as opportunities to feed some of the animals. The newest addition is the Sea Turtle Hospital, which highlights the hard work of the men and women who assist injured Turtles with returning to the wild, as well as showcasing many Turtles up close. Definitely worth a stop.

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  • Awesome! The behind-the-scenes tour was super cool. We were able to see the otter’s being fed and we got to get up close and personal with a rat snake, corn snake and a skunk for the meet the animals. We were also able to see the dolphins from the observation deck.

  • Absolutely loved it. There is a lot to see. It is smaller than others I've been too but still had a lot to offer. I do think the tickets are a bit pricey for the size bit overall we had a great time.

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