A: The South Carolina Aquarium opened in May of 2000 on the historic Charleston Harbor.
A: As of July 2011, over 5.3 million people have visited the South Carolina Aquarium.
A: There are over 60 exhibits located throughout the Aquarium that focus on five major regions of the Appalachian Watershed: the Mountains, the Piedmont, the Coastal Plain, the Coast and the Ocean. Our changing exhibit space which opens in 2012 is Madagascar Journey, an interactive exhibit showcasing the biodiversity of the world's fourth largest island. Explore our exhibits
A: The Great Ocean Tank is the largest exhibit in the Aquarium. It extends from the first to the third floor of the Aquarium, holds over 385,000 gallons of water and contains over 450 animals. Visit the Ocean Gallery
A: Yes, the South Carolina Aquarium has a new Touch Tank where you can touch horseshoe crabs, stingrays and many other marine animals. Visit the Touch Tank
A: No, it is against South Carolina law to keep dolphins and whales in captivity. However, Charleston Harbor has a large population of resident dolphins and the Aquarium's Riverside Terrace is an excellent vantage point to see these dolphins in their natural habitats.
A: The Aquarium is dedicated to meeting our visitors' needs. Wheelchairs are available free of charge at the Admissions or Security booth with Photo ID. Golf Cart Transportation is available for guests who need extra assistance to and from their parking space. Contact us at (843) 720-1990 for more information about handicap accessibility and other special needs.