South Carolina Aquarium
Type: Aquariums, Family Friendly
Charleston's Aquarium brings visitors into the lowcountry coastal environment and its wildlife through touch tanks, two-story wall aquarium tanks, salt march aviaries, and educational tours and... Read More
Charleston's Aquarium brings visitors into the lowcountry coastal environment and its wildlife through touch tanks, two-story wall aquarium tanks, salt march aviaries, and educational tours and programs. Panoramic views of Charleston's harbor and Ravenel Bridge serve as a background to your aquarium visit. Display themes are classified into each of South Carolina's major geographic regions, where more than 5,000 animals live: Shark Shallows, Mountain Forest, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, and Saltmarsh Aviary, the Touchtank, Coast, and Ocean. A variety of songbirds, reptiles, like the Albino Alligator, and both salt and freshwater fish are at home in the SC Aquarium, along with a few species unusual to most aquariums, like lemurs. The interactive touch tank and stingray tank invite children to hold horseshoe crabs and starfish, feed shrimp to the aquarium's stingrays, and come 'fingers to fins' with sharks.
- Daily 9am-5pm
- Adult (13+) $24.95 - $29.95; Child (3-12) $17.95 - $22.95; Child (2 and under) Free
- Best Attractions & Activities: "Don't miss the daily Sea Turtle Hospital tours at noon and 2 p.m., where you can get a "behind the scenes" look at the SC Aquarium's conservation efforts at work."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The South Carolina Aquarium is one of the best in the South, deeply involved in sea turtle rehabilitation as well as sustainable fishing practices.