Just entering this museum is a delight; the structure itself extends out over Charleston Harbor and as guests draw near the ... More
South Carolina Aquarium
Just entering this museum is a delight; the structure itself extends out over Charleston Harbor and as guests draw near the entrance, they enter beneath a beautiful stained glass wall. Entering the Great Hall, the centerpiece is the breathtaking Carolina Seas Exhibit. Spend the day walking through a mountain ravine, exploring the rivers of the Piedmont region, visiting with swamp dwellers, and marveling at the 300,000-gallon Great Ocean Exhibit. Prices and hours vary; check the website for details.
I loved the Aquarium! This is the best place in Charleston. I am so glad we decided to go there. If we wouldn't have ,we would have been left with the insipid taste of The Ghost Tour of Charleston in our mouths. That was an awful tour, and boring as hell. But the Aquarium was interesting and entertaining. Some of the workers there are dull and lame, but hey you aren't there to see them your there to see the cute Otters Ace and... whatever the other ones name is, and the stingrays which are too cool for school. The tank was incredible. I loved learning about them. The discussion given by the divers was cool too. All in all this is definitely worth seeing.
All aquariums are usually pretty expensive, which is no different from this one so if you don't want to spend money, this isn't the place to go. The aquarium is located right on the wharf where you can see cruise ships, the USS Yorktown, bridges, etc. It's great! My boyfriend and I love aquariums and although this one is smaller, we had a wonderful time. They have a great freshwater exhibit as well as a huge ocean tank and even outdoor exhibits. They have a touch tank, which is pretty standard, but I felt like the people that worked there were all so enthusiastic about their jobs. We got there right as it opened to avoid crowds and large groups of children and it really was the perfect time to get there. Our only complaint was that we wished there was more to see! We had a great time and didn't want it to end.
The aquarium is way overpriced for what they offer. It is too small with not much to look at or enjoy. My family was really disappointed when we went through it. We were in and out in like 25 minutes. I definitely wouldn't recommend going here with high hopes.
My wife and I visited the aquarium on her birthday and the experience was good but there was not much to see and the price was a little high. There was a discount for SC residents which we felt should have been for out of towners instead. I think our 7 year old would have enjoyed it but for the older folks more needs to be added.
We've been to the aquarium many times over the past few years. It is nice, but incredibly overpriced. It is not very big & doesn't take you long at all to walk through. Not nearly enough activities for children. I think we had a better time out on the back sidewalk overlooking the harbor than anything else. When the IMAX was still open, this made for a good afternoon, but now I definitiely would not pay the aquarium admission price. Bad value.
I've been to the aquarium dozens of times. The first time was with a church youth group (all of us teenagers). We had taken a trip from the Upstate of SC to the low country for a weekend away. While it was enjoyable and got us out of the hot and humid Charleston weather, the exhibits seemed aimed towards children then young adults. However, everytime I go with my girlfriends, we always make a stop at the aquarium, because my girlfriend, Kira, loves the ocean and it's creatures.
There was so much for the little guys to see and do. They loved the new Camp Carolina exhibit -- we had to pry them out of it. Very interactive. The big tank was something to behold, too. Not the world's largest aquarium, but 90 minutes of fun made it all worthwhile.
Very small indeed and not worth what is charged to get in ($17.00 an adult, $10.00 a child). You can use your Greenbacks if you want. Nice views of all animals but not alot to look at. Overall it's good for about an hour worth of fun if that.
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