There were many high hopes when the SC Aquarium finally opened around 2000, but those hopes quickly turned to tears when residents realized that this dream that was 20 years in the making was basically a very large building with alot of empty space.
Not much has changed in the past 5 years. The SC Aquarium is prohibitively expensive to get into, especially if one has 2 adults and more than 2 children that wish to enter. The displays are non-existent, and there are many blank spaces where tanks and exhibits should be.
The staff seems unenthused and unknowledgeable about the creatures they are housing.
It seems more often that not, the SC Aquarium is filled with people attending private parties (that rented the aquarium) and not tourists or locals who want to see local sea creatures. In fact, I can count three occasions where I went to the Aquarium for admission and was told it was closed because of a private party. I had specficially called all three times prior to going (Because I heard this was a common occurence) and was assured that the facility was open to the public. After driving from Goose Creek, and fighting downtown AND I-26 traffic, I was turned away at the door with no apology or explaination from the staff regarding the confliction information I was given earlier.
Cannot reccomend this facility, as much as I wish I could. I am very disappointed in the planning, exhibits, staff, and prices, and feel that by reccomending that one visit, I would come across as deceitful.