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Explore the habitats of many animals that make their homes in South Carolina as you journey from the mountains to the sea at the South Carolina Aquarium. There are more than 60 fascinating exhibits at this modern attraction on historic Charleston Harbor. From stingrays and sharks, to alligators and river otters, to owls and jellyfish a wide range of animals are on display here and you can see and learn about them all.

Highlights

  • Admission to the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston
  • Explore more than 60 fascinating marine exhibits
  • Get up close to aquatic animals including alligators, endangered sea turtles, jellyfish, sharks and more

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Charleston Harbor is an ideal place to observe dolphins in the wild. A protected species under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, these beautiful creatures can only be seen in their natural habitat from the Aquarium’s Riverside Terrace, an excellent vantage point!

What You Can Expect

South Carolina Aquarium Admission

SC Aquarium Salt Marsh

At the South Carolina Aquarium, located in downtown Charleston, exchange your voucher for an admission ticket and begin exploring. 

Peruse the nine distinct galleries, which feature more than 7,000 aquatic animals in 60+ exhibits. Take an imaginary journey from South Carolina's mountains to its seaside, encountering animals such as pythons, seahorses, great blue herons, albino alligators and bald eagles. 

Marvel at the 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank, a 2-level aquarium featuring sharks, turtles and fish. Children love the Touch Tank, where they can gently touch horseshoe crabs, stingrays and other species while learning about them from aquarium staff.

Customer Reviews

Deborah A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was a great experience. We even got a behind the scenes tour of the top of the tank. Meeting one of the divers and learning how they feed the big turtle and sharks was informative. A little later we were treated to Santa diver explaining more information about the animals in the tank. All of the volunteers were knowledgeable and friendly.

Debra D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

well planned.

slrevard

4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

Petting the stingrays in the touch tank is enjoyable for anyone whom likes marine life. Also, if you visit this aquarium, please be sure to book an excursion to the sea turtle hospital. It is amazing and well worth the 10 per person.

Diana G

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Kids were thrilled. However, we were expecting to see bigger sharks.

Bridget M

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

A beautiful aquarium. Lot's of great, active sea life!!

Phyllis O

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2016

It was nice if you have not been to too many aquariums. It was not as good as several others we have been to. We go go every aquarium at every city we visit, if there is one. For us it was a bit boring.

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