Directions & Parking

Arrive by Car, Bus or Motor Coach

Note for Buses & Motor Coaches: to safely comply with Charleston tourism laws, please follow the directions below.

From I-26 East

1. Take I-26 to the end and follow the signs to the Meeting St. / Visitors Center exit.
2. Merge right onto Meeting St. approximately 10 blocks to Calhoun St.
3. Turn left onto Calhoun St., the parking garage will be located on your left just
before you reach Aquarium Wharf.
4. Buses Only: Continue to Washington St.
5. Turn left onto Washington St. and follow the signs for the motor coach pick-up and drop-off.

From Highway 17 North (West Ashley)

1. Take Highway 17 North across the Ashley River Bridge, and follow the signs to Calhoun St.
2. Turn left onto Calhoun St.
3. Stay on Calhoun St. approximately 15 blocks, the parking garage will be located on your left just before you reach Aquarium Wharf.
4. Buses Only: Continue to Washington St.
5. Turn left onto Washington St. and follow the signs for motor coach/bus pick-up and drop-off.

From Highway 17 South (Mt. Pleasant)

1. Follow Highway 17 South across the Cooper River.
2. Take the East Bay St. / South Carolina Aquarium exit.
3. At the light, turn left onto East Bay St. and follow to Calhoun St.
4. Turn left onto Calhoun St., the parking garage will be located on your left just before you reach Aquarium Wharf.
5. Buses Only: Continue to Washington St.
6. Turn left onto Washington St., and follow the signs for the motor coach/bus pick-up and drop-off

Convenient Parking

A parking garage operated by the City of Charleston is located at 24 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401.
Metered parking is located along Washington Street and Concord Street.

Ride the Free Trolley

CARTA DASH Trolleys stop at the Aquarium every day.
Click here for trolley map and times.

Handicap Parking Available

The Aquarium is dedicated to meeting the needs of our visitors. Call (843) 720-1990 for more information about handicap accessibility and other special needs.

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