The South Carolina Aquarium, located in Charleston, South Carolina, opened on May 19, 2000 on the historic Charleston Harbor. The Aquarium also features a Touch Tank, where patrons may touch horseshoe crabs, Atlantic stingrays, and other marine animals.


The Aquarium, jutting out 200 feet (61 m) into the Charleston Harbor, offers a state-of-the-art environmental learning center that encompasses the entire spectrum of the Southeast Appalachian Watershed as found in South Carolina: The Mountain Forest, the Piedmont, the Coastal Plain, the Coast, and the Ocean. The 93,000-square-foot (8,600 m2) building includes 9 galleries featuring 6,000-7,000 amazing aquatic animals, from river otters and sharks to loggerhead turtles, in more than 100 exhibits. A rotating exhibit on the first floor originally featured “Secrets of the Amazon,” a collection of animals and plants native to the Amazon River basin. In 2008, this exhibit changed to “Camp Carolina,” a simulation of a camping experience in the mountains of S.C. Showcased animals include skunks, barn owls, snakes, and a bald eagle. Penguin Planet, a changing exhibit, was opened from 2009 to 2010 and featured four Magellanic penguins. A rare albino American alligator, one of only 50 in the world now calls the Aquarium home and is part of the Blackwater swamp exhibit. He is a permanent addition. In March 2011 the Aquarium reopened the renovated Salt Marsh exhibit which features a feed the stingray experience. In the spring of 2012, the Aquarium opened a new exhibit in the changing exhibit space called “Madagascar Journey” featuring ring-tailed lemurs on loan from the Duke Primate Center, Tomato frogs, and a Nile Crocodile.

Contact Information:

100 Aquarium Whrf
Charleston, SC
(843) 577-3474

Our Customer Service Center is open daily: 9AM – 5PM
Tel. (843) 577-FISH (3474)
Toll Free: (800) 722-6455

Monday-Sunday: 9AM – 4PM (Building closes at 5PM)
December 24: 9AM – 12NOON

* Closed Thanksgiving Day and December 25 *