Celebrate the Holidays Under the Sea


Scuba Claus Returns to the Great Ocean Tank!

Beginning November 29, Scuba Claus, the one and only man in big, red scuba gear, will be making daily appearances at the Aquarium’s 11 a.m. dive show with help from one exceptional elf. After the show, explore the Aquarium to see if you can spot Finzy, our Shark on a Shelf. When you find him, you’ll receive a festive holiday prize!


The Polar Express 4-D Experience

Now playing- Hop aboard the Polar Express and journey to the North Pole during a limited-time showing of the Polar Express 4-D Experience, featuring real snow and the warming smell of hot chocolate.
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The Gift of Membership

A membership to the South Carolina Aquarium is the gift of unlimited family fun for one full year. Members receive exclusive benefits, like free admission to the 4-D Theater, special discounts, a subscription to our membership magazine, and more! Learn more about memberships.


Support the Aquarium and put a smile on someone’s face by Adopting an Animal this holiday season. Adoptive parents receive a special certificate, sticker, and exclusive offers – plus, proceeds support the care of the Aquarium’s animal collection. Learn more.


Toys for Tots

In partnership with the United States Marine Corps and News 2, we will be accepting Toys for Tots donations through December 18. Bring a new, unopened and unwrapped toy to the Aquarium and receive $3 off your general admission ticket. Donated toys will be collected and distributed to children in need throughout the Lowcountry this holiday season.

Donate in Honor of a Loved One

Make a donation to the South Carolina Aquarium this holiday season in honor or memory of someone special in your life. The Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Gifts from donors and members help us continue to share our mission, care for our animals, and remain a community leader in conservation programs and efforts.

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