Celebrate the Holidays Under the Sea


SCUBA Claus is Coming to Town!

November 29 – December 21 – SCUBA Claus, our favorite jolly old fellow in a red suit and SCUBA diving gear, will make special appearances on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. in the Great Ocean Tank. Also beginning November 29, explore the Aquarium to see if you can spot Finzy, our Shark on the Shelf. When you find him, you’ll receive a festive holiday prize!


The Polar Express 4-D Experience

Now playing- Hop aboard the Polar Express and journey to the North Pole during a limited-time showing of the Polar Express 4-D Experience, featuring real snow and the warming smell of hot chocolate.
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The Gift of Membership

A membership to the South Carolina Aquarium is the gift of unlimited family fun for one full year. Members receive exclusive benefits, like free admission to the 4-D Theater, special discounts, a subscription to our membership magazine, and more! Learn more about memberships.


Support the Aquarium and put a smile on someone’s face by Adopting an Animal this holiday season. Adoptive parents receive a special certificate, sticker, and exclusive offers – plus, proceeds support the care of the Aquarium’s animal collection. Learn more.


Gift Cards Now Available!

Delight your family and friends with a South Carolina Aquarium gift card this holiday season. Gift cards may be used for:

  • Aquarium admission
  • Membership packages
  • Admission to the 4-D Theater
  • Sea Turtle Hospital tours
  • Aquarium Shop purchases
  • Sea Turtle Café purchases
  • Animal adoption packages
  • Donations to the South Carolina Aquarium

Purchase gift cards by calling (843) 577-FISH (3474), or visiting the Aquarium ticket window.

Gift card balances may not be applied to online purchases. To use a gift card for your Aquarium purchase, simply call (843) 577-FISH (3474) or visit the Aquarium.

Toys for Tots

In partnership with the United States Marine Corps and News 2, we will be accepting Toys for Tots donations through December 20. Bring a new, unopened and unwrapped toy to the Aquarium and receive $5 off your general admission ticket. Donated toys will be collected and distributed to children in need throughout the Lowcountry this holiday season.

Donate in Honor of a Loved One

Make a donation to the South Carolina Aquarium this holiday season in honor or memory of someone special in your life. The Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Gifts from donors and members help us continue to share our mission, care for our animals, and remain a community leader in conservation programs and efforts.

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