Daily Programs

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.
This fun dive program focuses on animals that live off the
coast of South Carolina.

Learn jaw-dropping facts about alligators, including Alabaster,
our albino alligator.
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.
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!

*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.
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.

 

Upcoming Events

August 29 – September 30 – September Savings

Visit two of Charleston’s top attractions this month 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. Discount coupons are available 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.

October 11 – Ocean to Table Shrimp Baiting Clinic with Lowcountry Boil: A Members-only Event
(SOLD OUT)

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Shem Creek Park, Mount Pleasant
Get ready for shrimping season with this hands-on clinic conducted in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Sustainable Seafood Initiative partner Fleet Landing. Learn the basics of shrimp baiting and receive helpful tips to make your shrimping efforts more successful. You’ll also make a few bait balls and practice throwing a cast net. Drew Hedlund, Executive Chef at Fleet Landing, will demonstrate how to prepare a Lowcountry Boil. Participants will be able to eat their catch! Recommended for ages 8+. Reservations are $15 per member. Reservations required and space is limited. To reserve your spot, call (843) 579-8518.

October 16 – An Evening of Sustainability with the Watershed Society

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. GrowFood Carolina Warehouse
The South Carolina Aquarium Watershed Society invites you to join us for an evening to celebrate all things sustainable and delicious. Come savor dishes prepared by chefs from Oak SteakhouseEdmund’s Oast and Whole Foods Market while you engage with experts about sustainable dining choices. Beer and wine is included. Admission is $30 per person; Watershed Society members enjoy complimentary admission. Attire is casual, and families are welcome. Please park in the lot across the street from the GrowFood Carolina Warehouse. R.S.V.P. by calling (843) 577-FISH (3474). For more information, contact (843) 579-8628 or smills@scaquarium.org.

October 24 & October 31 – Underwater Pumpkin Carving

How do your pumpkin carving skills stack up to our SCUBA divers’ talents? Watch our trained divers decorate the Great Ocean Tank for Halloween as they carve real pumpkins underwater! Our guests will get to judge which jack-o-lantern is the best. Then, watch as our animals get a tasty pumpkin treat to celebrate!

October 28- Fish or Treat: A Members-only Event

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Beauty and beasts in all shapes and sizes will join the aquatic animals at the South Carolina Aquarium’s annual Halloween event. Members can “fish or treat” throughout the Aquarium, enjoy divers of the deep lurking in the Great Ocean Tank, boogie at the monster mash dance party, and join in many other ghoulish games. Families are invited to dress in their most creative costumes and participate in the costume contest. This is a members-only event, and space is limited. Advance reservations and payment required. Reservations are $10 per member. To make a reservation, call (843) 579-8518.

November 1 – December 31 – The Polar Express 4-D Experience

You and your family are invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on The Polar Express! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery showing him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. The Polar Express 4-D Experience is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. For more information, call (843) 577-FISH (3474).

November 15 – Toddler Time: A Members-only Event

8 – 9 a.m.
Join us for a fun morning just for toddlers and their parents before we open the doors to the public! 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. This is a members-only event. 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 28 – December 23- Scuba Claus in the Great Ocean Tank

11 a.m.
A very welcome guest from the North Pole will make special appearances in the Great Ocean Tank at select Aquarium dive shows each day from November 28 through December 23. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Scuba Claus swim with the fish! For more information, call (843) 577-FISH (3474).

December 6- Sea Life by Starlight

6 – 10 p.m.
Spend a night out under the twinkling stars of Charleston and among the aquatic surroundings of the Aquarium at this fourth annual holiday fundraising event. Enjoy festive cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, and a live and silent auction while mingling with fellow supporters of aquatic and natural conservation. Funds from the event will support the conservation and education programs of the South Carolina Aquarium. Event hosted by the Aquarium Ocean Alliance. For more information, call (843) 577-FISH (3474).

December 15- Holiday Extravaganza: A Members-only Event

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Avoid the chaos of holiday shopping and enjoy a fun-filled evening at the South Carolina Aquarium. Holiday Extravaganza offers plenty of fun activities for the whole family, plus all your gift-giving needs in one convenient place. Enjoy pictures with Santa, The Polar Express 4-D Experience, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, live animal interactions and more! This special evening will also include a one-day only 20% discount in the Aquarium Shop and discounts on gift memberships and tickets. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $3 per member, and children 3 and under are free. This is typically a sell-out event, and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call (843) 579-8518.

January 10- Toddler Time: A Members-only Event

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. This is a members-only event. Tickets are $10 per member child, and two adults get in free with each participating child. To make a reservation, call (843) 579-8518.

January 31- Saltwater Sounds

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra joins the Aquarium to present a marine-inspired musical performance especially for children.  Enjoy tunes by the tank and visit the Instrument Petting Zoo, where children can see, hear, and touch the instruments as demonstrated by professional musicians.  Saltwater Sounds is free with general admission or membership.  For more information, call (843) 579-8518.

February 7- Reptile Discovery Program: A Members-only Event

9:30 – 11 a.m.
Whether they slither, hop, jump, swim or crawl, reptiles are sure to fascinate every participant. See them up close and learn about what makes each of them unique in this intriguing program. Our herpetologist, Joshua Zalabak, will take you on a fun “edventure” and share what it’s like to handle the most dangerous animals at the Aquarium. In this program you will learn about how he handles venomous snakes, watch as he feeds a snake, learn how he gives Alabaster the albino alligator his annual physical and more. This is a members-only event. Recommended age is 5+. Space is limited. Advance reservations and payment of $5 per member required To make a reservation, call (843) 579-8518.