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.

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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.

Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery™

Slated for opening in May 2017, the new Family Zucker Sea Turtle Recovery™ will serve as a living exhibit and interactive learning landscape. The exhibit will present the remarkable journey from rescue, to rehabilitation, to release, that each of our patients experience and allow our guests to share in this journey.

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Now Open- Join us as creativity and imagination come to life with more than 250,000 colorful LEGO® bricks. BricksALIVE features a collection of more than a dozen animal sculptures throughout the Aquarium’s second floor. These amazing and complex figures represent species that call South Carolina home.

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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.

The Shallows

Touch rays at your fingertips as you experience The Shallows. The first of its kind in the region, this exhibit enables you to reach out and feel the skin of cownose rays and southern stingrays. The Shallows’ impressive 20,000-gallon touch tank features a deep area where the animals can swim uninterrupted and a shallow area where guests can discover how rays feel.

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