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South Carolina Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium, located in Charleston, South Carolina, opened on May 19, 2000 on the historic Charleston Harbor. It is home to more than five thousand plants and animals including North American river otters, alligators, great blue herons, lined seahorses, jellyfish, pufferfish, green moray eels, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, pythons, and sharks. The largest exhibit is the Great Ocean Tank, which extends from the first to the third floor of the Aquarium and is the deepest tank in North America (42 feet); it holds more than 385,000 US gallons of water and contains more than seven hundred animals. The Aquarium also features a Touch Tank, where visitors may touch horseshoe crabs, Atlantic stingrays, dogfish and other marine animals. Don’t forget to visit the Sea Turtle Care Center™, a unique experience with a preview into a working sea turtle hospital where you can follow the journey of these endangered creatures from rescue, through rehabilitation and release.

The South Carolina Aquarium inspires conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience.

The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. We receive the majority of our funding through the generosity of our donors, members, foundations and business partners.

With more to explore everyday, be sure to visit Charleston’s #1 family attraction!


100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401

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