South Carolina Aquarium

Aquarium and Gift Shop
100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401, United States
Open until 6:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
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With more to explore every day, share in the wonders of South Carolina’s backyard. Marvel at turtles, stingrays, sharks, otters, jellyfish, alligators and more. Touch tank, feeding experience, dive shows and interactive programs daily.


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    Sydney G.
    "There aren't any penguins any more, but the otters are super cute!"(5 Tips)
    "The albino Alligator, Bald Eagle and special rescue were the best!"(4 Tips)
    WannaSee I.
    "Also check out their new albino alligator named Alabaster"(3 Tips)
    Ken R.
    "... very interesting - turtle rescue and large tank feeding"(2 Tips)
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  • otters
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  • albino alligator
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  • aquariums
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  • Carmen N.

    Great for kids, friendly staff, terrific animal selection.

    Carmen N · 3 days ago
  • SeiRruf M.

    Memories were made, which made this place ultimately a lot better than it would have been without my girlfriend. :)

    SeiRruf MalaWolSki · October 20
  • Kaylee S.

    I love how calming this place is

    Kaylee Sowell · September 8
  • Mark K.

    Pricey admission but nice facilities that got you really close to all the animals. Don't forget the bay is also part of the experience, take it in and look for the Dolphins!

    Mark Kupasrimonkol · August 27
  • Sabrena

    Small but fun... Shark shallows is especially cool.

    Sabrena · July 1
  • Jen P.

    Relatively small aquarium but could be good to spend 1-2hrs during a hot summer day.

    Jen P · May 23
  • Paul H.

    There's an American Bald Eagle here. Fuck yeah, America!

    Paul H. · May 14
  • Justin R.

    My kids sure loved it. Had all of the typical aquarium type stuff. And lemurs. They had lemurs too.

  • Reggie H.

    Buy your tickets at the visitors center for a discount

    Reggie Howell · February 28
  • Abby R.

    Love the all of the tanks and exhibits!

    Abby Rumph · January 11
  • Mary Catherine J.

    An education yet fun way to spend an afternoon...with the fish and lemurs!

    Mary Catherine James · November 20, 2014
  • Charlie W.

    Yearly membership is way worth it if you have kids.

    Charlie Wallace · November 7, 2014
  • Kelly F.

    Hello aquarium

    Kelly Fowler · October 14, 2014
  • Lou R.

    Definitely not worth $30

    Lou Raucci · August 31, 2014
  • Shawn F.

    Really great escape from the rest of the city. 4D show was fun. Liberty was terrifying!

    Shawn Furman · August 23, 2014
  • Paco M.

    It saddens me to see a bald eagle cooped up inside of a tiny exhibit.

    Paco Mommy · December 11, 2013
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    Lowcountry Taxi · October 25, 2013
  • Brittany P.

    Cool space. Very neat for people with small children. Take the behind the scenes turtle tour!

    Brittany Paul · September 14, 2013
  • jennifer K.

    Check this place out

    jennifer Krienert · August 6, 2013
  • Greg

    Pretty good aquarium overall! A little pricey, expect 80$ in admission for two adults and a child if you watch the 4D movie too. The albino Alligator, Bald Eagle and special rescue were the best!

    Greg · July 6, 2013
  • Maggie O.

    We have a membership and live nearby and it is so great. My little brother loves it here. We come alot. I recommend a membership if u live nearby

    Maggie Oldham · July 3, 2013
  • Erica D.

    It's only worth it if you're local (with kids) & can get a year round pass. Tickets are WAY OVER PRICED!

    Erica D · April 15, 2013
  • Cathy B.

    Awesome place!

    Cathy Bader · March 30, 2013
  • Laura M.

    Amazing view!!

    Laura Murphy · March 12, 2013
  • Nicole W.

    Various hotels in the area and even on base sometimes offer special rates. However, there are unadvertised discounts for military, AAA members, and seniors if you just ask at the ticket window.

    Nicole Weston · December 28, 2012
  • Lydia B.

    Book a company event here! FUN!

    Lydia Beyrent · October 19, 2012
  • Lydia B.

    Ask the starfish, sting ray lady questions @ pet-tank, your kids & U will be amazed! Albino alligator is for real! Spent 14 mins staring at it w/ our 6yr old!

    Lydia Beyrent · October 19, 2012
  • Amy C.

    The otters are fed at 10am, every morning

    Amy Coats · September 23, 2012
  • Heather S.

    Totally worth the membership if you are local and have young kids!

    Heather Smith · September 12, 2012
  • Lisa S.

    We were not impressed with this place over priced for what you get.

    Lisa Spruck · June 14, 2012
  • Missy M.

    Family membership is the best deal in town - pays for itself in less than two visits!

    Missy Mixon · June 10, 2012
  • Bacardi Cocktail Classic

    The Aquarium is great to visit any day of the year but it will be really rocking during the Cocktail Classic June 5th benefiting the SC Special Olympics:

    Bacardi Cocktail Classic · May 16, 2012
  • Boomer O.

    The Bacardi Cocktail Classic (formerly Mojito Challenge) is at the Aquarium on June 5th! Super fun mixology competition w/ 18 of the best bartenders in town

    Boomer Oyler · May 16, 2012
  • Mirko P.

    Just started, look like really nice place

    Mirko Pintar · May 9, 2012
  • Ashley C.

    Ask the management to remove the bald eagle from all after hour events!! It's too noisy for him!!

    Ashley Caldwell · April 6, 2012
  • Mellow Mushroom Chs

    Mellow is opening up at 8 am after the Bridge Run for a day of Bloody Mary drinking and world records. $3 Bloody Mary's and Mimosas!

    Mellow Mushroom Chs · March 28, 2012
  • William B.

    The dive show is really boring, don't waste time watching it.

    William Bailey · March 25, 2012
  • ExerShop

    An Aquarium trips are always fun!!!

    ExerShop · March 2, 2012
  • Shayla P.

    SC Educators get in FREE

    Shayla Pettigrew · February 18, 2012
  • SL

    AAA Discount! Or there is a $1 off general admission coupon on their website

    SL · January 29, 2012
  • Zashia Q.

    50% reciprocal admission for Riverbanks Zoo annual pass holders.

    Zashia QSharr · January 16, 2012
  • Sydney G.

    There aren't any penguins any more, but the otters are super cute! Make sure to feed the stingrays!

    Sydney Gallimore · November 13, 2011
  • Ken R.

    Behind the scenes tours very interesting - turtle rescue and large tank feeding

    Ken Randall · October 9, 2011
  • Desiree M.

    I think it's worth a few extra bucks to see the turtle hospital in the basement...but also don't miss the albino alligator! Read more

    Desiree Miller · September 20, 2011
  • Sarah D.

    The Ocean Tank is the best part- go see the Sea Turtle!

    Sarah Deyerle · September 14, 2011
  • John R.

    Get your tickets for a 40% savings at this link for the Sep 8th, 2011 charity event at the SC Aquarium Read more

    John Rector · September 7, 2011
  • kirstie r.

    Skip it. not worth price of admission. Only one exhibit worth seeing :(

    kirstie r · September 5, 2011
  • Topher C.

    I love this place!!! I love the lay out. I love Wine on the Water and View with a Brew. If you have not done this yet, GET TICKETS!! You won't be disappointed!

    Topher Cassidy · September 4, 2011
  • Michael W.

    Go during the First Day Festival to get in free & get parking for a $1!

    Michael Worsham · August 14, 2011
  • will a.

    Sea Turtle Hospital. Read more

    will a · July 29, 2011

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