South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401, United States
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8437201990
  • Ticket Price: 24 USD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Aquarium, Family And Kids
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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.

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  • 36.08% of people who visit Charleston include South Carolina Aquarium in their plan

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  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see South Carolina Aquarium

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South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Reviews

  • Super awesome aquarium! Fair price. I love that it is not only an aquarium, but an aquatic rescue and turtle surgery spot. It also supports or acts as an educational program in the community. The aquarium has indoor and outdoor touch pools, a bird area, reptiles, an alligator with albinism, bald eagles and more. You can go on a "Behind the Scenes" tour, which is free, but must be mentioned at the ticket booth to arrange. There are lots of kid and educational activities and feedings throughout the day. Animals are well cared for. Mostly volunteer staff, including many of the divers! The food spot is small, but okay.. Great view of the water while eating. A Charleston must-see attraction!!! Good for kids, adults and families alike!

  • Was a little put off by the price vs size of the aquarium. But once I realized what your money goes to for protecting the oceans it’s a good deal. The staff was fantastic and can answer tons of questions. The displays are great and informative. The touch tanks are super fun. Do the sting ray feeding. Super fun.

  • This aquarium is simply superb! What a fantastic experience! It Rivals the Georgia Aquarium head on!! One of the best aquariums I've ever been to! I love the layout and Design, and the genuine Passion of the staff can't be beat! One of the best museum experiences I've had ever!! A must see if you ever visit Charleston!!! Love it!!! ☺️💙🐟

  • It is a smaller aquarium as some of the other reviewers have commented. However, we went on a Tuesday, and though there were a lot of kids to begin with, by noon they were all gone and we practically had the place to ourselves. We were able to go back to the exhibits that we couldn't see earlier and spent as much time as we wanted. We were able to go through each of the interactive screens and spent as much time as we wanted without feeling rushed. Another bonus, with the place being un-crowded, was that the volunteers were able to devote their attention to us individually, which made it feel more personal and friendly. We even got a behind the scene tour of the equipment, tanks and feeding regimen of the animals. I don't know if this is a normal part of admission but one of the volunteers said that they are trying to implement this policy of being more social and involved with the guests. It definitely made our visit more personable and enjoyable. Although the Georgia Aquarium is much larger and has more exhibits (and I'm sure a much bigger budget), I liked this one a lot.

  • We had a great time! My 2 year old daughter had a great time, too. We missed all of the 'shows' but just wandered around at our own (ok, at my daughter's dizzying) pace. We even revisited some attractions several times. Although this aquarium isn't very large, it has a large price tag. We went during a weekday morning, so there was no crowd. It wouldn't be any fun with a crowd due to the small spaces. It was cool to see the 'specific to Charleston' exhibit and they even have a little outside section and an eagle exhibit!

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