South Carolina Aquarium
The South Carolina Aquarium provides the entire family with a fascinating look into the wilds of our world through a number of animal exhibits and hands-on activities! The South Carolina Aquarium offers excitement and inspiration for visitors of all ages. You will be amazed by the experiences that lie ahead. See the wonders of over 5,000 amazing animals from river otters and sharks to sea turtles through the fun and interactive exhibits. Interact with divers in the depths of the tallest tank in North America then get a hands-on experience at the Touch Tank where you can touch Atlantic stingrays, sea urchins, and more for an unforgettable day at the Aquarium!
About the South Carolina Aquarium
The South Carolina Aquarium is in the beautiful historic city of Charleston. The aquarium looks over the beautiful Harbor area making their rehabilitation center for the sea turtles an easy way to release them back into the wild. The Aquarium features over 5,000 animals. As you witness these majestic and beautiful creatures, learn how you and your families can protect them and make the ocean, a clean and healthy place for these animals to live. During your time at the aquarium, you will experience tons of amazing exhibits available to learn about different creatures, see them up close, and in some instances touch and feed certain animals. While at the South Carolina Aquarium you will discover a world full of wildlife, water, and wonder!
Enjoy an incredible and intimate journey looking at many native plants and animals to South Carolina through the family fun-filled aquarium that takes you from the deep blue oceans to the rocky mountain ranges.
Mountain Forest- Enjoy tons of North American species at this exhibit featuring bald eagles, otters, and fish, while seeing beautiful waterfalls and streams.
Piedmont- This exhibit features an up-close look at crappies, bass, and many other animals from the foothills region.
Coastal Plain- Make the beautiful mashers and swamplands come to life at the Coastal Plains exhibit with animals such as rattlesnakes, alligators, and tons of vegetation from the area including cypress trees to see.
Kids Coast- Children will love this exhibit featuring hands-on interactive activities to enjoy that focuses on wildlife and keeping their habitats, and out water, clean.
BricksALIVE- This Lego Brick exhibit features over a dozen animal sculptures put together with small Lego's for an incredible sight to see for your kids.
Saltmarsh Aviary- The Saltmarsh Aviary exhibit is home to many beautiful creatures including pufferfish, diamondback terrapins, and herons. This area also includes a massive 6,000-gallon tank filled with stingrays.
Touch Tank- The touch tank is perfect for children and adults to get a hands-on experience with many creatures from the sea. Touch and feel many different species of wildlife including Atlantic Stingrays, crabs, sea urchins, whelk, and more.
Coast- This beautiful exhibit explores all the different species of fish living off the beautiful coastal city of Charleston.
Ocean- The Ocean exhibit is home to an unbelievable 385,000-gallon tank where you can see sharks, sea turtles, and more. During certain parts of the day, there are daily dive tours where you can watch divers interact with these beautiful animals.
Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery- This exhibit is for guests and is also used as a hospital for sea turtles as they help rescue and rehabilitate the sick and injured sea creatures so they can be released back into the wild.
Carolina Seas- This exhibit includes a 15,000-gallon tank filled with colorful species of fish that live off the coast around the beautiful reefs.
The Shallows- Enjoy feeding southern stingrays and cownose rays at The Shallows exhibit for a small fee from 9:30 to Noon.
Backyard Habitat- The Backyard Habitat exhibit features an educational garden featuring different ideas you can take home to enjoy in your very own yard. The garden area tends to attract beautiful wildlife including butterflies, birds, and insects.
Enjoy this amazing aquarium and all of the beautiful and majestic creatures on your next family vacation to Charleston, South Carolina!
- Are wheelchairs and strollers available?
Strollers are available for $1 rental fee and wheelchairs are free at the checkout on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Is South Carolina Aquarium handicap accessible?
Yes, it is handicap accessible.
- Is photography & video recording allowed?
Both photography & video recording is allowed.
- For what ages is South Carolina Aquarium appropriate?
Attraction is appropriate for all ages.
- What are the hours of the aquarium?
The aquarium is open daily from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, building closes at 5 p.m.
- Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend at South Carolina Aquarium?
Most guests spend 1-2 hours at the museum.
- What amenities are available?
There is a gift shop on-site.