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.
The S.C Aquarium is an O.K place to visit but it is very expensive, not only is it costly but it is small there is not much for the kids to interact with, more hands on functions would be nice also some kind of guide at the touch tank would be nice so they can explain to the kids the animals and their habitat. it's not very educational. I just expected way more for the price. I was some what disapointed, my children and I have only been once due to the lack of....
While it is true what the other reviews say about its small size, the aquarium is well-maintained, signage, and overall environment are quite nice. Price is about what I would expect for something of its size and "depth." However, this nonsense about the parking being so far from the front door-- nonsense! People never cease to amaze me; they are so lazy they can't walk two nice, paved blocks? Go see, but don't expect Sea World or an aquarium like the kind in San Diego.
we spent christmas 2007 in charleston saw and did everything that could be seen and done my children are teenagers and they enjoyed it as did i my oldest remarked the aquarium would be a great place for a first date!!! very relaxed atmosphere thanks for the great memories julieanna
My family and I were in town visiting family, so we thought we would go to the Aquarium. My son is 4 and there was not much that peeked his interest. We were in and out in 20 minutes, it was definitely not worth the money!
The ticket prices are NOT worth it one bit for this place. It took my family and I 45 minutes to walk through the very small aquarium. The parking garage is a long distance from the aquarium so be ready for a walk and good luck if it is poor weather as there is no cover... Save your money and visit the GA or MD ones instead.
It's beautiful. It sits on the edge of the harbor where you can see dolphins in their natural habitat. The parking is good right next door in a garage. This is something for the entire family. The children can be patient with our shopping and history-seeking if they know a trip to the acquarium is on the agenda.
Visited the South Carolina Aquarium recently and had an ok time. The facility does a good job on the education part. It is kind of small compared to other aqauriums. I've been to Boston's, Baltimore's, Mystic's and Monteray's aquariums. All of them are better than South Carolina's. You can still have fun there, but the regular admission is too pricey for the smallish size of the aquarium. It's a lot of money to spend for maybe an hour at most of entertainment.
Yes, the aquarium is small. It is two floors. You could probably see the whole thing in two hours if you don't care too much for fish. No where near the size of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago or the New England Aquarium in Boston, but still a wonderful Air Conditioned option for hot humid summer afternoons. Yes, it is somewhat expensive, but discounts are available from a number of sources, and when combined with the Ft. Sumter tour, you can have two afternoons of activities for $27.
We loved it. The focus of the Aquarium is not to be a be-all, end-all collection of marine life. Instead, the focus is on wildlife that can be found in the state of South Carolina. This type of specific focus was refreshing, and allowed a depth to the collection that would be impossible with a broader focus. I learned more about flounders than I ever thought I would. Plus, where else are you going to see sea turtles? It was also informative to see the jellyfish in the tanks before I was stung by one later in the week. Hands down, the best part was to watch the Dolphins from the Aquarium's patio. They are not in plexiglass cages, but swimming (and, jumping!) in their native habitat. Delightful way to spend an afternoon.
The South Carolina Aquarium is a small place and high ticket prices. The parking garage is a good distance from the aquarium so be ready for a good walk and its not covered. So if its raining have a umbrella or be ready to get wet. There is 2 floors of stuff but just not very much to see. Got thru the aquarium in less than 2 hours
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