Experience South Carolina
Be entertained by an intimate look at many of South Carolina’s native animals and plants as your journey through the Aquarium takes you from the mountains to the sea. You’ll encounter surprises around every corner and an experience straight from the island of Madagascar is closer than you imagine.
After venturing past our bald eagle, look low and you’ll see fish in a stream. Look up to gaze at waterfalls spilling over a rocky gorge. Somewhere in the middle, you can find our river otters swimming, snacking or snoozing.
The Piedmont region (piedmont is French for foothills) gives you an eye-to-eye look at bass, crappies and suckers swimming in exhibits that showcase their natural habitats.
You’ll experience what it’s like to be in a swamp at twilight. See if you can spot cypress trees downed by Hurricane Hugo, American alligators, rattlesnakes, or a Venus flytrap.
The Saltmarsh Aviary is home to our 6,000-gallon stingray tank. Every day we offer a limited number of $3 shrimp cups so you can feed the rays. The exhibit is also home to herons, diamondback terrapins and puffer fish.
Touch and feel several species of invertebrates, like hermit crabs, whelk, sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, and Atlantic stingrays. Aquarium staff and volunteers answer questions while you explore.
You’ll be amazed by the variety of fish living right off the coast of Charleston. You can test your knowledge of shells and try to hold your breath as long as a sea turtle.
It’s impossible to miss our two-story, 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank. You’ll practically rub noses with sharks and can wave a flipper hello to our 220-pound loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta. Divers interact with visitors during daily dive shows.
The hands-on Animal Care Exhibit lets guests of all ages immerse themselves into the life of our Aquarium veterinarian. Use mock equipment to diagnose cases and learn more about the treatments our animals receive.
Madagascar Journey showcases four unique habitats found on the island of Madagascar. The exhibit is home to red ruffed lemurs, a Nile crocodile, white spotted bamboo sharks, and Mini-gascar, a play area just for toddlers.
Sea Turtle Recovery™
Slated for opening in May 2017, the new Sea Turtle Recovery™ will serve as a living exhibit and interactive learning landscape. The exhibit will present the remarkable journey from rescue, to rehabilitation, to release, that each of our patients experience and allow our guests to share in this journey.
Coming soon – Join us on August 19 as creativity and imagination come to life with more than 250,000 colorful LEGO® bricks. BricksALIVE will feature a collection of 12 life-sized animal sculptures throughout the Aquarium’s second floor. These amazing and complex figures will represent species that call South Carolina home.
Located just inside the entrance, the 15,000-gallon Carolina Seas tank houses our collection of colorful fish found around reef habitats off the coast.
Have a seat in this unique theater, and view a 3-D movie while feeling special effects such as wind gusts, splashes of water and movement under your feet, all synchronized to family-friendly films.
Touch rays at your fingertips as you experience Shark Shallows. Our sharks are being cared for behind-the-scenes due to a naturally-occurring parasite, specifically dangerous to sharks. To ensure the sharks’ safety, we anticipate that our sharks will not return before late summer.
Visit our “backyard” and take home ideas for your own yard. Featuring native plants and animal shelters, this educational garden presents ideas that you can replicate in your backyard to attract native birds, butterflies and beneficial insects.