Experience South Carolina

Be entertained by an intimate look at many of South Carolina’s native animals and plants as your journey through the Aquarium takes you from the mountains to the sea. You’ll encounter surprises around every corner and an experience straight from the island of Madagascar is closer than you imagine.

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Shark Shallows

Touch rays at your fingertips as you experience Shark Shallows. Our sharks are being cared for behind-the-scenes due to a naturally-occurring parasite, specifically dangerous to sharks. To ensure the sharks’ safety, we anticipate that our sharks will not return before late summer.

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Mountain Forest

After venturing past our bald eagle, look low and you’ll see fish in a stream. Look up to gaze at waterfalls spilling over a rocky gorge. Somewhere in the middle, you can find our river otters swimming, snacking or snoozing.


The Piedmont region (piedmont is French for foothills) gives you an eye-to-eye look at bass, crappies and suckers swimming in exhibits that showcase their natural habitats.

Coastal Plain

You’ll experience what it’s like to be in a swamp at twilight. See if you can spot cypress trees downed by Hurricane Hugo, American alligators, rattlesnakes, or a Venus flytrap.

Saltmarsh Aviary

The Saltmarsh Aviary is home to our 6,000-gallon stingray tank. Every day we offer a limited number of $3 shrimp cups so you can feed the rays. The exhibit is also home to herons, diamondback terrapins and puffer fish.

Touch Tank

Touch and feel several species of invertebrates, like hermit crabs, whelk, sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, and Atlantic stingrays. Aquarium staff and volunteers answer questions while you explore.


You’ll be amazed by the variety of fish living right off the coast of Charleston. You can test your knowledge of shells and try to hold your breath as long as a sea turtle.


It’s impossible to miss our two-story, 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank. You’ll practically rub noses with sharks and can wave a flipper hello to our 220-pound loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta. Divers interact with visitors during daily dive shows.

Animal Care

The hands-on Animal Care Exhibit lets guests of all ages immerse themselves into the life of our Aquarium veterinarian. Use mock equipment to diagnose cases and learn more about the treatments our animals receive.

Madagascar Journey

Madagascar Journey showcases four unique habitats found on the island of Madagascar. The exhibit is home to red ruffed lemurs, a Nile crocodile, white spotted bamboo sharks, and Mini-gascar, a play area just for toddlers.

4-D Theater

Have a seat in this unique theater, and view a 3-D movie while feeling special effects such as wind gusts, splashes of water and movement under your feet, all synchronized to family-friendly films.

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Carolina Seas

Located just inside the entrance, the 15,000-gallon Carolina Seas tank houses our collection of colorful fish found around reef habitats off the coast.

Backyard Habitat

Visit our “backyard” and take home ideas for your own yard. Featuring native plants and animal shelters, this educational garden presents ideas that you can replicate in your backyard to attract native birds, butterflies and beneficial insects.

Add to your experience by taking a tour of our Sea Turtle Hospital.