Field Trips

Spark enthusiasm for conservation of the natural world in your students with a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium. As a class, take an educational journey through South Carolina’s diverse habitats while learning what you can do to protect them. From start to finish, hands-on activities will support state standards and inspire STEM education. It’s more than just a field trip – it’s an opportunity to discover the wonder of water, wildlife and wild places.

To learn more or book your visit, call (843) 577-FISH (3474), ext. 3, or complete our Group Inquiry Form.

Aquarium Admission
Approximate Duration: 2 HoursPricing
Pre-K - 8th grade$9.50
9th - 12th grade$13.50
Included Chaperones1 comp/10 students
Additional Chaperones$15.00

*Current pricing is valid for groups arriving before June 1. Any groups scheduled for after June 1 will be charged at the new rate of $11.00 (Pre-K – 8th grade), $15.00 (9th – 12th grade) and $15.00 (chaperones).*

Teacher Resource Kits

Teacher Resource Kits are onsite teacher resources to enhance the educational experience of a field trip to the South Carolina Aquarium. They come in three categories; scavenger hunts, exhibit activities and discovery bins. All activities are designed to be led by the school teacher at the Aquarium with preparation materials in the below tabs.

Scavenger hunts have been designed to allow students to interact with the Aquarium’s exhibits. Choose from 2 options per grade level depending on how much time you have to tour. You can print these and bring them with you or add it to your reservation in advance if you would like us to have them printed and ready for you at arrival. Call (843) 577-FISH (3474) to add them to your reservation.

These scavenger hunts are designed to take 1-2 hours and meet South Carolina grade level science standards.

Exhibit activities will allow deeper exploration at an Aquarium exhibit that matches grade level standards. Each activity was designed to take 15-20 minutes for groups of up to 8 students. We suggest having one teacher stationed at the exhibit and have your chaperoned groups rotate through every 15-20 minutes.

Teachers: Please read the exhibit activity overview before coming to prepare for teaching the lesson. The exhibit activity bin will be available at the Information Desk after you check-in. Exhibit activities must be reserved in advance. Call (843) 577-FISH (3474) to add them to your reservation.

1st grade: Plants are Cool!
2nd grade: Life Cycles of the Saltmarsh
3rd grade: Wetland Producer or Consumer?
4th grade: Animal Adaptations
5th grade: Food Chains

The Mountains to the Sea Discovery Bin will give students a hands-on experience as you tour the galleries. Artifacts and props will engage them at 12 different stops throughout the Aquarium. Information cards will be present to help facilitate your journey.

Teachers: Please read the discovery bin overview before coming to prepare for showing the artifacts to your students. The discovery bin will be available at the Information Desk after you check-in. Discovery Bins must be reserved in advance. Call (843) 577-FISH (3474) to add them to your reservation.

Mountains to the Sea Discovery Bin


Don't miss the latest events, special offers and news. Learn more.


We’re located in downtown Charleston on the Harbor. Learn more.


Dive in with an Aquarium Membership. Learn more.


Plan your visit to the Aquarium today. Buy Tickets


What’s your story? Join the Watershed Campaign. Learn more.


Our community of dedicated volunteers keeps us afloat. Password protected.


Education is at the core of our mission. Plan your trip here. Learn more about our group payment policies here.

Donations make a big splash.