Daily Programs

Each day, in the Great Hall, we bring out a different
feature animal for an up-close look.
Come fingers to fins with sharks during this conservation-minded program at Shark Shallows on the Riverside Terrace.
This fun dive program focuses on animals that live off the
coast of South Carolina.
Join us in the Great Hall to get hands on with nature!
Activities could include owl pellet dissection, sifting for shark teeth,
identifying fish from the harbor and much more!
Visit South Carolina’s only Sea Turtle Hospital and take an up-close look at our current patients. Discover the special care sick and injured sea turtles receive.
Tours meet at the Welcome Desk in the Great Hall. Buy tickets.
Learn jaw-dropping facts about alligators, including Alabaster,
our albino alligator.
This fun dive program focuses on animals that live off the
coast of South Carolina.
*Additional cost

Learn all about lemurs while they eat during this lively program.
Visit South Carolina’s only Sea Turtle Hospital and take an up-close look at our current patients. Discover the special care sick and injured sea turtles receive.
Tours meet at the Welcome Desk in the Great Hall. Buy tickets.
Come fingers to fins with sharks during this conservation-minded program at Shark Shallows on the Riverside Terrace.
This fun dive program focuses on animals that live off the
coast of South Carolina.
Each day, in the Great Hall, we bring out a different
feature animal for an up-close look.
Learn the story of the bald eagle species and its return from the brink of extinction. Discover how you can get involved in citizen science projects to help monitor and protect wildlife in your area..

 

Upcoming Events

August 22- Seining on Sullivan’s – SOLD OUT

9 – 10:30 a.m.
A member favorite! Assist Aquarium staff as we search the sand and water for aquatic creatures. We’ll drag a seine through the surf to find fish, crabs and maybe even a small shark. Educators will give you a glimpse into the fascinating lives of fish, mollusks and other beach dwellers as we walk along. Tickets are $10 each, and reservations are required. Reserve your spot now by calling (843) 579-8518.

August 31- Pane e Vino: A Good Catch Dinner

7 p.m.
Chef Alfredo Temelini of Pane e Vino has prepared a mouthwatering menu with wine pairings that includes only the freshest, finest ingredients. Tickets are $51 plus tax and gratuity. Call (843) 853-5955 to reserve your spot!

Visit our blog for the menu and more.

September 1-30- Discounts to Magnolia Plantation and the Aquarium

Visit two of Charleston’s top attractions for less! Enjoy a $5 discount off the admission price to the South Carolina Aquarium and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens throughout the month of September. Print your coupon here. The coupons can’t be combined with other discounts to the Aquarium or Magnolia Plantation, and a printed coupon is required to receive the discount.

September 1- Jumpbunch (A Members-only program)

10 – 10:30 a.m.
A toddler’s dream come true! This 30-minute program is designed for your little ones to get their sillies out in a fun setting at the Aquarium. Jump, dance, wiggle, skip, play and have fun to music. Recommended for ages 18 months to 4 years old. Free to members. Reservations are required in advance and can be made by calling (843) 579-8518.

September 5-7- “Lemur” Day Weekend

After a three-year stay at the Aquarium, our four ring-tailed lemurs will depart for their next adventure. Bid farewell to these playful guests over “Lemur” Day Weekend with animal enrichment and celebratory activities. Visit the Aquarium Monday, September 7 for your last chance to “hang” with the lemur family and join us for the Bon Voyage party. 

Stay tuned to our Facebook page to find out what kind of animals will inhabit this exhibit next!

September 12- Rivers and Rice Plantation Paddle with NAO (A Members-only Event)

1 – 4:30 p.m.
Paddle the gentle blackwaters of Quenby Creek and the Upper Cooper River to a 300-year-old church overlooking acres of abandoned rice fields. See unique birds including purple gallinules and rails, and enjoy fields of wetland wildflowers as fall approaches! Ages 4 and up. $50 for ages 13 and over; $30 for ages 12 and under. Register online or call (843) 568-3222.

This members-only program is presented by Nature Adventures Outfitters with 50% of proceeds benefiting the Aquarium. Learn more here.

September 16- Homeschool Explorers Club: Helping Habitats

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Homeschooling families, enjoy a fun-filled day of hands-on education. Learn all about habitats with interactive lessons and academic curriculum led by Aquarium experts. Identify local habitats, discover the animals that live in them, and find out how you can create a habitat for native species in your backyard. Participation is $9 per student in grades K-8, $12.50 per student in grades 9-12, $15 per parent/chaperone, and $5 per member child. Reserve your spot today!

September 17- Sharks: Unlikely Allies? A Holland Lifelong Learning Presentation

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Could sharks save your life? The dogfish shark is emerging as man’s new best friend. Major medical advances for humans through shark biomedical research are on the rise. Join us as expert nephrologist Dr. John N. Forrest, Jr. presents key discoveries linking our species like never before. This educational series for adults is made possible through a generous contribution from Mary and Mason Holland to the Watershed Fund. Free and open to the public. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

September 19- Shrimp and Grits Charleston

6 – 9 p.m.  Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
Join us at the 2nd Annual Shrimp and Grits Chefs’ Competition to sample dishes from 20 different restaurants and find out which Lowcountry chef will take the prize for Best Shrimp and Grits. Stop by the tables of our Good Catch partners and visit our booth to learn more about how you can choose sustainable seafood. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and $12 for children 12 and under. Get yours today!

September 20- Carolina Green Fair

Noon – 5 p.m.  James Island County Park
Visit us at the Carolina Green Fair! This festival features conservation education through fun and inventive demonstrations, interactive play and music, and education shared by experts in their field. Come celebrate good environmental stewardship and “being green” while enjoying beer, food, music, and Lowcountry artisans! Admission is free with $1 per person regular park admission, and free for Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission Gold Pass Members.

September 26-27- Island Overnight Expedition with NAO (A Members-only program)

September 26 at 9 a.m. to September 27 at 4 p.m.
It’s island time! Explore Capers Island Heritage Preserve and the waters surrounding the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. From the base camp on Capers Island, explore the creeks, estuaries and trails throughout the refuge. Dolphins, sea turtles and over 257 species of birds frequent the area. The expedition includes shelling, a beach campfire, fishing, crabbing and lots of fun! Nature Adventures Outfitters’ boat will take your provisions out for you, so you don’t have to haul anything. Just paddle in your kayak and have fun in the sun.

Arrival is at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and departure from the island is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, returning to the mainland by 4 p.m. Fifty percent of proceeds from this expedition are donated to the Aquarium. Ages 10 and up. $300 for ages 13 and over; $200 for ages 12 and under. Register online or call (843) 568-3222.

This members-only program is presented by Nature Adventures Outfitters with 50% of proceeds benefiting the Aquarium. Learn more here.

October 3- Ocean to Table: Shrimp Baiting Clinic with Lowcountry Boil (A Members-only program)

10 a.m. – noon, Sunrise Park, James Island
Get ready for shrimping season with this hands-on clinic conducted in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Good Catch partner Fleet Landing Restaurant. Find out how to shrimp from both a dock and a boat, learn the basics of shrimp baiting and receive helpful tips to make your shrimping efforts more successful. Drew Hedlund, Fleet Landing Executive Chef, will demonstrate how to prepare a Lowcountry Boil. Recommended for ages 8 and up. $15 per member. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call (843) 579-8518.

October 6- JumpBunch (A Members-only program)

10 – 10:30 a.m.
Toddlers love JumpBunch! Let your little ones get their sillies out in a fun setting at the Aquarium. Jump, dance, wiggle, skip, play and have fun to music. Recommended for ages 18 months to 4 years. Free for members. Reservations required. To reserve your spot, call (843) 579-8518.

October 6- Gyotaku and Good Catch (A Members-only program)

6:30 – 8 p.m.
Celebrate National Seafood Month while trying your hand at Gyotaku, the traditional Japanese art of fish printing, with oceanographer Nathan West. Unleash your inner artist while learning about Good Catch with Shelley Dearhart, the Aquarium’s sustainable seafood expert. Recommended for ages 10 and up. $10 per member. Reservations are required.  To reserve your spot, call (843) 579-8518.

October 10- Historic Scenic Ashley River Paddle with NAO (A Members-only program)

1 – 4:30 p.m.
Spend the afternoon on a South Carolina Scenic River that encompasses over 26 historic sites! Paddle the gentle twists and turns of the river and enjoy its diverse freshwater and brackish environments. Ages 4 and up. $50 for ages 13 and over; $30 for ages 12 and under. Register online or call (843) 568-3222.

This members-only program is presented by Nature Adventures Outfitters with 50% of proceeds benefiting the Aquarium. Learn more here.

October 21- Saltmarsh Science: What’s Brewing? A Holland Lifelong Learning Presentation

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Holy City Brewing Tap Room
Discover the connections between a fresh brew and your backyard. Alongside brewmasters of Holy City, fisheries biologist Bill Roumillat will explore the impact of fish ecology in our saltmarsh environments. This educational series for adults is made possible through a generous contribution from Mary and Mason Holland to the Watershed Fund. Free and open to the public. Tickets will be available in late September.

October 24- Toddler Time (A Members-only program)

8 – 9 a.m.
Parents and children alike love to explore the Aquarium in the morning! Our 1- to 3-year-old friends can meet exciting creatures with up-close Animal Encounters and have the Aquarium all to themselves before the crowds arrive. Adults enjoy complimentary coffee and muffins. Snacks for the kids will also be served. Tickets are $10 per member child, and two adults get in free with each participating child. To make a reservation, call (843) 579-8518.

November 3- JumpBunch (A Members-only program)

10 – 10:30 a.m.
Toddlers love JumpBunch! Let your little ones get their sillies out in a fun setting at the Aquarium. Jump, dance, wiggle, skip, play and have fun to music. Recommended for ages 18 months to 4 years. Free for members. Reservations required. To reserve your spot, call (843) 579-8518.