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South Carolina Aquarium

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South Carolina Aquarium

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DogDoggie wrote a review Feb. 23
WorldWide601 contributions157 helpful votes
It was O.K. Some interesting displays of fish and other wild life. Seemed geared mostly to kids. I'm not a kid. I thought the $29.95 price tag was a little high. Touching the stingrays was a nice feature. Of course they offered to let me feed them for $5. They offered a photographer with some fun backgrounds...$30. I covered the whole place in about 40 minutes.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Amy W wrote a review Feb. 17
Loganville, Georgia70 contributions51 helpful votes
This aquarium is really nice, new, modern and clean. All the people who worked there were so friendly and smiling. The aquarium was not very big. We went through in about an hour and a half. It was nicely located right on the water and there were several places where you could step outside and look around. There are no dolphins in the aquarium, but we were able to see 3 or 4 just looking out on the overlook. My kids loved feeding and petting the stingrays. It was a nice experience! The only downside is no parking lot. We got really lucky to find a good street spot.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Pete S wrote a review Feb. 11
Florida, New York414 contributions94 helpful votes
coming from south florida i really wasn't over thrilled going to an aquarium, but once i got inside this place was nice, huge tank with sharks and other fish. A there was a eagle there, also they have a turtle rescue center which was well equipped. very nice place. walked around fora little more than an hour, great place for kids
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Sherpa600027 wrote a review Feb. 6
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We stopped by the South Carolina Aquarium as a pit stop on a longer roadtrip, and we had SUCH a wonderful experience. We have a 4 year old and a 2 year old, and we had to make it a fairly quick trip but they both could have spent hours longer there. There is a giant 2 story aquarium with a huge number of really big fish and a few sharks that swim by now and then as a real treat. My kids were mesmerized (and to be honest, my husband and I were, too). There are several interactive exhibits—the kids got to touch small sharks, horseshoe crabs, and stingrays. We paid a small extra fee, $5 I believe, to feed the stingrays. We’ve done “feed the animal” experiences before at zoos and they’re generally pretty hit or miss, but this one was well worth it. You actually get small whole fish, hold them between two fingers under the water, and the stingrays grab it from your hand. And you do it right along the side of the glass tank, so when they come to eat it you get to see their undersides and their mouths, which is really cool. The staff absolutely could not have been more accommodating and dedicated to making sure the guests, especially children, had both an enjoyable and an educational experience. At one point we passed little roped off area with a sign that said “Animal Encounters.” We stopped at the information desk to ask when the next show would be, and the wonderful employee working at the desk said “you know what? I’ll call right now and have someone bring an animal down. What would you like to see?” Within 5 minutes, another wonderful employee was there with a tiny alligator teaching my 4 year old all about it. We were a little nervous about Covid, of course, but the Aquarium has clearly taken steps to ensure safety. Admission was limited, and required reserving tickets for a specific time slot. Masks were required for everyone over 3. It looked like there is usually a small restaurant that serves snacks and light food (pizza, sandwiches), but that has been closed for now. Social distancing was in effect—there were divided spaces set up at every exhibit where groups might gather, and only one family could be in each space. I actually saw this one enforced at least twice by aquarium staff, who clearly took the requirements very seriously. Lastly, each time we went to the restroom there was an employee actively sanitizing things—wiping down toilet seats, spraying the sink space, and mopping. Everything was extremely clean and we felt very safe. The aquarium is absolutely worth a trip to Charleston. We are already planning a return.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from South Carolina A, Public Relations Manager at South Carolina Aquarium
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you, Sherpa, for taking the time to leave this thoughtful review! We pride ourselves on engaging with our guests for educational and entertaining experiences and I am thrilled that your family was able to have those interactions. We appreciate your recognition of our COVID policies as well and you are absolutely correct that all of our staff are taking them very seriously. We hope to see you all again and thank you for your support!
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Christine D wrote a review Jan. 2021
Allen Park52 contributions4 helpful votes
We typically check out aquariums on trips. This venue explores the many eco systems of South Carolina. The staff are very welcoming and informative. Make sure you feed the sting rays, worth every penny. We spent about an hour and a half or so and enjoyed our visit. Parking is convenient and reasonably priced.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from South Carolina A, Public Relations Manager at South Carolina Aquarium
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you, Christine, for taking the time to leave this review. We appreciate your feedback and support!
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