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Charleston - South Carolina Aquarium

100 Aquarium Wharf


The South Carolina Aquarium inspires conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience.


The South Carolina Aquarium will be a world-class model promoting a healthy, sustainable balance among human beings, wildlife and the earth we share. We will lead by example locally, regionally, and nationally, engaging visitors, offering science-based education, and collaborating with partners in wildlife conservation and research.


Linda Elwell

Friday, April 20, 2018
The South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston is a great place to take the family. The displays her well organized. The staff was delightful helping people touch animals like snakes and alligators. They had an underwater area in which the children could touch different sea creatures crabs and snails and starfish Etc. We touched stingrays! Staff would explain their exhibits and we're very positive with our children. It's a place we will go to again and again.

Brittney Sanders

Sunday, April 8, 2018
We visited yesterday because downtown was so over crowded because of the bridge run. We’ve been to the Myrtle beach and pigeon forge aquarium, but this experience surpassed those for us! The price is a little high, but it’s for a good cause as you learn walking through. The albino alligator and the otters were my little boy’s favorites, but what really stood out for us were the LEGO statues of all the animals, that was a welcome surprise that really made this aquarium stand out. Also the staff was phenomenal, very friendly, talked to my little boy about his favorite animals (sharks) informing us that there would be a pirate dive and much more, just amazing staff! Very happy customers!!

Jay Coleman

Monday, March 19, 2018
Very enjoyable experience. I think we spent 4 or 5 hours here and took time to read everything and try to identify the different fish in each tank. A great place for kids of course. Adults can have fun too though. There's a nice view of the bridge over the Cooper River and of the USS Yorktown across the way. I think it's worth the price, especially when you consider the rehabilitation of injured, local wildlife, and the housing of animals that couldn't be rehabilitated and can no longer survive in the wild. The aquarium makes efforts to keep the animals lives enriched as well

Nicole Wright

Friday, April 13, 2018
I'm going to be honest the crime itself is okay. It's not the best by any means. The main thing that got me was the insane price tag! I paid over $105 for my family of four to get in and to be honest I regretted it halfway through. We can go to the Georgia Aquarium for less than that and it's an amazing aquarium. Heck I think I like Ripley's better at least we get a shark tank. In all honesty and less you're desperate to go to an aquarium I think I'd save my money on this one. In fact if you're in Charleston Drive about 2 hours and visit the Columbia Zoo. Their aquarium was even better. And it probably Cost You Less to drive all the way there and back plus your tickets and. I'm sure they're doing great work for the area and I'm just a tourist who felt ripped off. But I would definitely not be going back again.

Sporadic Walker

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
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!

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