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

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Family Trips


4-D Theater Experience

Have a seat in this unique theater and you’ll view a 3-D screen and feel special effects such as wind gusts, splashes of water and movement under your feet, all synchronized to family-friendly films. Learn more.

Sea Turtle Hospital Tours

Treat yourself to a truly unique tour of South Carolina’s only Sea Turtle Hospital. Take an up-close look at our current patients and discover the special care sick and injured sea turtles receive. Tours are offered every day at noon and 2 p.m.

Tour prices are in addition to the price of Aquarium admission. This popular tour sells out quickly. We recommend buying tickets in advance of your visit.

FIN-tastic Photo Opportunites

Take home a family photo you’ll treasure forever from SharpShooter Imaging. Taken on the way in, you can take home your keepsake print on your way out. If you realize you need an extra, you can order a print onlinewhen you return home. You’ll be handed a business card after your picture is taken – it will have the PhotoCard Number you need to order your print from home.

Shop the Aquarium Gift Shop

Our gift shop is swimming with goodies for the whole family. Sea Turtle Rescue apparel, super soft stuffed animals, aquatic themed jewelry, and art are just the beginning. Take home a little treasure; give a little support to our animals.

Snack at the Sea Turtle Café

Fuel up at the Sea Turtle Café which serves up snacks and favorites like pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, chips, and cold drinks.

If you’re arriving with a school group, we’ll be happy to help with lunch plans by providing bag lunches. We’ll need at least one week to prepare for your group.
Bag Lunch Menu and Order Form

Roaming Animal Interpretive Programs

Baby alligators, snakes, bird feathers, shark jaws…you never know what you’ll see our staff members showing off as you journey through the Aquarium.

Watch for Dolphins from the Harbor Deck

The Aquarium is located along the Cooper River in downtown Charleston. Our decks provide spectacular views of the Charleston Harbor. Spend 10 minutes enjoying the view, watching boats or ships and you’re more than likely to spot dolphins swimming.


Destination Trip Planning Information

Best Times to Visit

If you ask us, any time is a great time for a visit! You’ll find smaller crowds on weekdays before 11 a.m. or after 2 p.m. During busier times, like weekends and holidays, it’s a good idea to buy your tickets online so you can skip the ticket line when you arrive.

Buy Tickets Online – Skip the Line


Visiting with Young Children

The Aquarium is great fun for children of all ages. Here are a few tips for those visiting with babies or toddlers:

  • Our 4-D Theater incorporates sensory effects such as water spray and seat vibrations. Before you enter the theater, ask yourself if your child is up for the experience.
  • Mini-gascar is a dedicated space designed just for toddlers. Pint-sized visitors can safely jump, climb and play while mom and dad take a seat. Mini-gascar is located on the first floor within the Madagascar Journey exhibit.
  • A quiet, private nursing room is located on the first floor across from the gift shop.
  • Changing tables are located in the restrooms on the first floor, across from the Aquarium Gift Shop.
  • Strollers are welcome inside the Aquarium and are also available to rent for $1 (free for Members) at the Welcome Desk located in the Great Hall.

Convenient Parking

A parking garage run by the City of Charleston is located at 24 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401, a short walk from the Aquarium.
Metered parking is located along Washington Street and Concord Street. Learn more.

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Tickets and Admission

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


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.



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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