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Charleston Sights

South Carolina Aquarium

  • 100 Aquarium Wharf Map It
  • Upper King
  • Zoo/Aquarium
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 10/03/2014

Fodor's Review

Get up-close-and-personal with more than 7,000 creatures at this waterfront attraction, where exhibits invite you to journey through distinctive habitats. Step into the Mountain Forest and find water splashing over a rocky gorge as river otters play. Enter the open-air Saltmarsh Aviary to feed stingrays and view herons, diamondback terrapins, and puffer fish. And gaze in awe at the two-story, 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank, home to sharks, jellyfish, and a loggerhead

sea turtle. Kids love the Touch Tank and the 4-D Theater that shows films with special effects such as wind gusts and splashes of water. Tours of the Sea Turtle Hospital are well worth the extra $10.

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Sight Information

Address:

100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, South Carolina, 29401, United States

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Phone:

800-722–6455; 843-577–3474

Sight Details:

  • $24.95
  • Mar.–Aug., daily 9–5; Sept.–Feb., daily 9–4

Updated 10/03/2014

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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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