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

Now through August 2- Wild Carolina: The Art of Scott Penegar

Experience wildlife from a new vantage point as you view the inspired works of renowned local artist Scott Penegar. Influenced by his passion for the sea, Penegar captures moments in nature through his detailed sculpture and bronze casting art. As a fisherman, former exhibit designer for the North Carolina Aquarium and avid traveler who has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean twice, Penegar presents a unique and intimate perspective of nature. Each piece can be reserved for purchase with a portion of proceeds directly supporting conservation programs at the Aquarium. To learn more, visit our Wild Carolina webpage.

Now through August 10- Summer Reading at the Library

Your child can read his or her way to the Aquarium with Charleston County Public Library (CCPL)’s free summer reading program for children ages 11 and younger. Your child can register at any CCPL location and receive a summer reading log to keep track of reading time. With 30 hours of reading, your child will earn a ticket to the South Carolina Aquarium. Learn more about the exciting prizes your child can earn for reading this summer and download the reading log here.

July 21- Seining on Folly Beach (Members-only Event)- SOLD OUT

6 – 7:30 p.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.

July 24- Discovery Trawl (Members-only Event)

10 – 11:30 a.m. (Sold Out) or 12:30 – 2 p.m. (Availability)
Take a one-of-a-kind boat tour in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). We’ll embark on SCDNR’s Educational Vessel Discovery and explore the wildlife in the Aquarium’s “backyard” by trawling in the Charleston Harbor for critters. Ages 10 and up. Tickets are $15 each, and reservations are required. Please specify whether you wish to attend the morning session or the afternoon session. To sign up, call (843) 579-8518.

August 4- Seining on Daniel Island (Members-only Event) – SOLD OUT

6 – 7:30 p.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 4- JumpBunch (Members-only Event)

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.

August 8-14- Shark Week at the South Carolina Aquarium

Regarded as some of the most dangerous and fascinating predators of the sea, sharks captivate people of all ages. During Shark Week, August 8 – 14, explore the world of sharks with activities themed around the ocean’s apex predator. With an array of fun events, including returning favorites like Shark on the Shelf and some new surprises, you’ll go beyond the surface of the sharks’ story, discovering what makes these species unique and important.

While you experience Shark Week, stop by our newest exhibit, Shark Shallows, overlooking the Charleston Harbor. Touch live bonnethead sharks in their 20,000-gallon tank, separate shark myths from reality, and find out what you can do to promote conservation of shark species.

August 10-14- Happy Birthday, Caretta!

Help us celebrate the 28th birthday of our beloved loggerhead turtle, Caretta. During the week of August 10-14, we will honor Caretta with a special birthday card that visitors can sign with their birthday wishes.

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.

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.