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South Carolina Aquarium - 5 Reviews - 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC - Activities Reviews - Phone (843) 720-1990

South Carolina Aquarium

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100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29492
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(843) 720-1990
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I came with my family while they were visiting Charleston and were looking for something to do that would interest my parents, who are in their 60's, as well as my sister and I an...

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We went to the aquarium (with our out-of-town visitors) expecting to see a wide variety and selection of marine creatures 'native' to South Carolina and the surrounding areas. Th...

Great visit for families! 10/13/2008

I came with my family while they were visiting Charleston and were looking for something to do that would interest my parents, who are in their 60's, as well as my sister and I and nephew, 6. Amazingly, there was plenty for all of us. It's filled with educational info at an adult level and there are lots of play areas and educational things for kids and toddlers to be entertained with. A little pricy, but still paid less than if we all just went to the movies, except it was an experience we won't forget! more

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Didn't Meet Our Expectations 3/24/2006

We went to the aquarium (with our out-of-town visitors) expecting to see a wide variety and selection of marine creatures 'native' to South Carolina and the surrounding areas. The aquarium, although it appears to be rather large from the outside, was small and we were disappointed in the lack of marine animals. We were really looking forward to the touch tank but were also disappointed when we saw what little selection it had to offer. We would definitely not recommend visiting the aquarium or taking visitors to view it. more

I've seen better aquariums 10/22/2005

I was very disappointed in this aquarium. it's terribly expensive to get in ( considering that there's no Zoo attached, etc. Also, the aquarium is very small so I find the admission to be far out of range for something of this size). I found the staff to be most unhelpful, although it should be noted that I visted last summer and it seemed that the only employees there were high schoolers either volunteering or working here as a summer job. They were far more interested in yapping with their friends than they were helping out patrons. The exhibits themselves were fine, but I wish there were more of them showing the absolutely diverse aquatic and marine life that the South-Eastern Atlantic has. I think they should get a clue from the Seattle Aquarium which does an excellent job of highlighting local and regional aquatic life. I left the SC Aquarium feeling like I read a book where the last chapter was cut out. I felt like there was so much more potential here. I was not the only one feeling this way--I had a nice chat with a family who were leaving at the same time I was, and they had driven from Greenville and were sorely disappointed in the aquarium. more

Quite disappointed in this 10/8/2005

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. more

Boo :( 9/20/2005

I've lived in Charleston all of my life. All of my life there have been promises of an Aquarium to grace the wonderful Charleston architecture. Finally one was built, and I'd rather wish they hadn't. The prices are too high for the scant exhibits that they have. Currently they have an exhibit on ant eaters. I'm not sure where Ant Eaters are considered to be "aquatic", but I'm certain they are NOT the type of animal or creature people have in mind when visiting an AQUARIUM. The people at the touch tank are very rude and will not let anyone over the age of 16 touch the creatures. I don't understand why. Aren't adults allowed to be curious as well? Or is it expected that someone of my age should KNOW what a horse-shoe crab or sting-ray feels like? Save your money and go to Charles Towne Landing instead. At least the indian head statue will greet you with welcoming arms (Well, it doesn't have arms, but if it did...) instead of snooty condescention. more
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