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Charleston Sights

South Carolina Aquarium

Updated 11/19/2012

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The 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank houses the tallest aquarium window in North America. Along with sharks, moray eels, and sea turtles, exhibits include more than 7,000 creatures, representing 350-plus species. In 2011, the 2,500-square-foot Saltmarsh Aviary opened, offering views of Charleston Harbor and allowing you to catch sight of herons, diamondback terrapins, puffer fish, and stingrays. The latest exhibit is Madagascar Journey, filled with exotic animals including

ring-tailed lemurs—a favorite among visitors, who can step inside an observation bubble within the primates' habitat. The 4-D theater shows popular family films complete with special effects such as wind gusts and splashes of water.

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100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, South Carolina, 29401, USA

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800-722–6455; 843-720–1990

Sight Details:

  • $29.95
  • Mar.–Aug., daily 9–5; Sept.–Feb., daily 9–4

Updated 11/19/2012


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Mar 31, 2009

Pretty good aquarium

Not the equal to the aquarium in Atlanta, but good nonetheless. Friendly, helpful staff, pleasant displays with otters, penguins, other birds, and a wide variety of fish -- emphasis here is on local critters. A bit on the expensive side, but a pleasing diversion, especially for kids.

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Nov 18, 2002

A must for children

The aquarium is a great way to spend 2-3 hours of a day. Our 3-year old loved it. The large tank is first rate, there are many interesting species, and the views from the balcony are wonderful. The only downside is the cost. Luckily I found out just before going that a cousin now works there and was able to get free passes. Go early to avoid school groups. The complex includes a Ft. Sumter museum and an IMAX theater.

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