Daily Programs

Each day, in the Great Hall, we bring out a different
feature animal for an up-close look.
Come fingers to fins with sharks during this conservation-minded program at Shark Shallows on the Riverside Terrace.
This fun dive program focuses on animals that live off the
coast of South Carolina.
Join us in the Great Hall to get hands on with nature!
Activities could include owl pellet dissection, sifting for shark teeth,
identifying fish from the harbor and much more!
Visit South Carolina’s only Sea Turtle Hospital and take an up-close look at our current patients. Discover the special care sick and injured sea turtles receive.
Tours meet at the Welcome Desk in the Great Hall. Buy tickets.
Learn jaw-dropping facts about alligators, including Alabaster,
our albino alligator.
This fun dive program focuses on animals that live off the
coast of South Carolina.
*Additional cost

Learn all about lemurs while they eat during this lively program.
Visit South Carolina’s only Sea Turtle Hospital and take an up-close look at our current patients. Discover the special care sick and injured sea turtles receive.
Tours meet at the Welcome Desk in the Great Hall. Buy tickets.
Come fingers to fins with sharks during this conservation-minded program at Shark Shallows on the Riverside Terrace.
This fun dive program focuses on animals that live off the
coast of South Carolina.
Each day, in the Great Hall, we bring out a different
feature animal for an up-close look.
Learn the story of the bald eagle species and its return from the brink of extinction. Discover how you can get involved in citizen science projects to help monitor and protect wildlife in your area..

 

Upcoming Events

Now through August 2- Wild Carolina: The Art of Scott Penegar

Experience wildlife from a new vantage point as you view the inspired works of renowned local artist Scott Penegar. Influenced by his passion for the sea, Penegar captures moments in nature through his detailed sculpture and bronze casting art. As a fisherman, former exhibit designer for the North Carolina Aquarium and avid traveler who has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean twice, Penegar presents a unique and intimate perspective of nature. Each piece can be reserved for purchase with a portion of proceeds directly supporting conservation programs at the Aquarium. To learn more, visit our Wild Carolina webpage.

June 1 through 30- Member Month

We love our members! Throughout the month of June, we’re offering membership discounts, prizes and more. Membership pays for itself in just two visits, and members get year-round admission to the Aquarium, discounts to special events, and invitations to exclusive Members-only Programs! Purchase a membership in June and receive $10 off. Get your coupon here.

We’re celebrating Member Month with Super Saturdays. Every Saturday, member children visiting the Aquarium will receive a special prize while supplies last. Water you waiting for? Become a member today!

June 29- Movie Night featuring Finding Nemo (Members-only Event)- SOLD OUT

6:30 p.m.
Join us for a special evening where you and your family can enjoy an aquatic adventure classic – Finding Nemo! Bring a pillow and watch this family-friendly film along with your marine friends in the Great Ocean Tank Gallery. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Call (843) 579-8541 to make your reservation.

July 4- Sea Stars and Stripes- SOLD OUT

7 – 10 p.m.
Spend your Fourth of July at the Aquarium for fins, fireworks and fun on the harbor! Watch a spectacular fireworks show from the best view in Charleston, and cool down inside as you visit our animals. This Good Catch event will feature a delicious selection of barbecue and Lowcountry boil with local, sustainable shrimp from Good Catch partners. Sea Stars and Stripes is “shore” to be a blast! All-inclusive tickets are $60 per adult, $30 per child ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and under. Members receive a $5 discount per ticket.

July 7- JumpBunch (Members-only Event)- SOLD OUT

10 – 10:30 a.m.
A toddler’s dream! This 30-minute program is designed for your little ones to get their sillies out in a fun setting at the Aquarium. Jump, dance, wiggle, skip, play and have fun to music. Recommended for ages 18 months to 4 years old. Free to members. Reservations are required in advance and can be made by calling (843) 579-8518.

July 11- Paddle in Search of Manatees with NAO (Members-only Event)

1 – 4 p.m. Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant
Every summer, manatees migrate to the Lowcountry’s warm coastal waters. We’re delighted to see them, but they face many threats from humans in our area and are in need of our support. Learn about the hazards manatees face and what you can do to help them. On this paddle we’ll visit a favorite locale of manatees in hopes of seeing one. Ages 4 and up. $50 for ages 13 and over; $30 for ages 12 and under. Register online or call (843) 568-3222.

This members-only program is presented by Nature Adventures Outfitters with 50% of proceeds benefiting the Aquarium. Learn more here.

July 21- Seining on Folly Beach (Members-only Event)

6 – 7:30 p.m.
A member favorite! Assist Aquarium staff as we search the sand and water for aquatic creatures. We’ll drag a seine through the surf to find fish, crabs and maybe even a small shark. Educators will give you a glimpse into the fascinating lives of fish, mollusks and other beach dwellers as we walk along. Tickets are $10 each, and reservations are required. Reserve your spot now by calling (843) 579-8518.

July 24- Discovery Trawl (Members-only Event)

10 – 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Take a one-of-a-kind boat tour in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). We’ll embark on SCDNR’s Educational Vessel Discovery and explore the wildlife in the Aquarium’s “backyard” by trawling in the Charleston Harbor for critters. Ages 10 and up. Tickets are $15 each, and reservations are required. Please specify whether you wish to attend the morning session or the afternoon session. To sign up, call (843) 579-8518.

August 4- Seining on Daniel Island (Members-only Event)

6 – 7:30 p.m.
A member favorite! Assist Aquarium staff as we search the sand and water for aquatic creatures. We’ll drag a seine through the surf to find fish, crabs and maybe even a small shark. Educators will give you a glimpse into the fascinating lives of fish, mollusks and other beach dwellers as we walk along. Tickets are $10 each, and reservations are required. Reserve your spot now by calling (843) 579-8518.