South Carolina Aquarium

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100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC, United States

The South Carolina Aquarium, the #1 family attraction in Charleston, is located downtown on the Charleston Harbor, offering interactive excitement and learning for visitors of all ages. Guests can explore exhibits such as the Touch Tank featuring Atlantic stingrays, sea stars and horseshoe crabs, the expansive Saltmarsh Exhibit featuring the Feed the Rays experience, the Blackwater Swamp featuring a rare 1-of-only-50 in the world albino American alligator, the 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank featuring sharks, a loggerhead sea turtle and moray eels. Also take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary care that is provided to rescued sea turtles in the Sea Turtle Hospital. Check out the daily educational programs with animal feedings and dive shows. Start planning a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium today at http://www.scaquarium.org.

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Field Trips

Education is at the core of our mission and we strive to provide an engaging, exciting experience combined with lessons in biology, environmental science and conservation. The Aquarium offers wonderful benefits to school groups. To learn more or book your visit, call (800) 722-6455.

Aquarium Admission Only

Duration: 2 hours Pricing
Pre-K – 8 Grade $7.50
9 -12 Grade $11.50
Included Chaperones 1 comp/10 students
Additional Chaperones $14.00

*All rates are per person, with a minimum of 10 participants. Rates applicable to education groups only.

Admission + 4-D Theater

Experience our 4-D Theater where 3-D imagery, interactive seating and special effects all come together in one theater. It’s a movie adventure your class will not forget. Learn more.

Duration: 2 hours Pricing
Pre-K – 8 Grade $10.50
9 -12 Grade $14.50
Included Chaperones $3.00
Additional Chaperones $17.00

*All rates are per person, with a minimum of 10 participants. Rates applicable to education groups only.

Admission + Sea Turtle Hospital Tour

Treat your class and visit South Carolina’s only Sea Turtle Hospital. Students will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look while discovering the extraordinary care that is provided to sick and injured sea turtles. Group tours are unavailable on Mondays and Wednesdays. Learn more.

Duration: 2.5 hours Pricing
Pre-K – 8 Grade $12.50
9 -12 Grade $21.50
Included Chaperones $10.00
Additional Chaperones $24.00

*All rates are per person, with a minimum of 10 participants. Rates applicable to education groups only.

Bag Lunch Menu and Order Form

Groups can bring lunches and enjoy them outside on Liberty Square or you can pre-order bagged lunches from the Sea Turtle Café. Arrangements must be made one week in advance, call (843) 329-0366.

Menu and Order Form

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Additional Information

Free Structured School Programs

The Aquarium proudly offers free programming to classes through the donation-funded Structured School Program. Students visiting the Aquarium as part of the Structured School Program participate in classroom activities that reinforce South Carolina state science standards.

The program is offered daily mid-October through mid-May. Teachers of all subjects are invited to apply. At the close of the application process, forms are chosen at random through a lottery system. Our programs are free, but we do require all participating K-12th grade teachers to attend a three-hour training workshop (the first year they are selected) prior to bringing their class to the Aquarium.

SSP Fieldtrip Logistics

Directions to Workshops

Reservation Checklist and Behavior Agreement

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Admisson and Location Hours

March – August

Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., building closes at 6 p.m.

September – February 

Open daily 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., building closes at 5 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day and December 25,

Open 9 a.m. – noon December 24.

Our Customer Service Center is open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tel. (843) 577-FISH (3474)

Toll Free: (800) 722-6455

Membership

Dive in with an Aquarium membership and gain access to unlimited Aquarium fun for one full year. Members can visit the Aquarium as often as they like, receive exclusive benefits, special discounts, and invitations to exciting programs and events throughout the year.

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Membership Benefits

  • Unlimited admission for one full year from
    date of purchase
  • FREE admission to the 4-D Theater
  • Discount tickets to Sea Turtle Hospital Tours
  • 10% Discount in our gift shop and Sea Turtle Café
  • 25% Discount on souvenir photos
  • Monthly e-updates featuring exclusive member events and offers
  • One year subscription to tributaries, our Membership magazine
  • Official membership card and car decal

Membership Levels

Aquarium Society $250+ Family Plus membership benefits plus special  privileges and invitations
Family Plus $195 2 listed adults in the same household plus all listed children / grandchildren under 18 plus 2 guest privileges
Family $150 2 listed adults in the same household and all listed children under 18
Grandparent $115 2 listed adults in the same household and all listed grandchildren under 18
Individual Plus $100 1 listed adult plus 1 guest privilege
Dual $100 2 listed adults
Individual $75 1 listed adult

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