Plan Your Visit

Best Times to Visit

If you ask us, any time is a great time for a visit!
You’ll find smaller crowds on weekdays before 11 a.m. or after 2 p.m.

Visiting with Young Children

The Aquarium is great fun for children of all ages. Here are a few tips for those visiting with babies or toddlers:

  • A quiet, private nursing room is located on the first floor across from the gift shop.
  • Changing tables are located in the restrooms on the first floor, across from the Aquarium Gift Shop.
  • Strollers are welcome inside the Aquarium and are also available to rent for $1 (free for Members) at the Welcome Desk located in the Great Hall.
Convenient Parking

A parking garage run by the City of Charleston is located at 24 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401, a short walk from the Aquarium.
Metered parking is located along Washington Street and Concord Street. Learn more.

FIN-tastic Photo Opportunites

Take home a family photo you’ll treasure forever from Magic Memories. Taken on the way in, you can take home your keepsake print on your way out. If you realize you need an extra, you can order a print online when you return home. You’ll be handed a business card after your picture is taken – it will have the PhotoCard Number you need to order your print from home.

Shop the Aquarium Gift Shop

Our gift shop is swimming with goodies for the whole family. Sea Turtle Rescue apparel, super soft stuffed animals, aquatic themed jewelry, and art are just the beginning. Take home a little treasure; give a little support to our animals.

Grab a Bite at the Sea Turtle Snack Bar

Fuel up at the Sea Turtle Snack Bar which serves up snacks and favorites like pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, chips, and cold drinks.

Roaming Animal Interpretive Programs

Baby alligators, snakes, bird feathers, shark jaws…you never know what you’ll see our staff members showing off as you journey through the Aquarium.

Watch for Dolphins from the Harbor Deck

The Aquarium is located along the Cooper River in downtown Charleston. Our decks provide spectacular views of the Charleston Harbor. Spend 10 minutes enjoying the view, watching boats or ships and you’re more than likely to spot dolphins swimming.

Volunteer at the Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium has more than 350 volunteers who help with everything from animal care to sharing fun facts with visitors about exhibits to working on graphic design projects. Learn more.

Host a Party, Wedding or Bridal Event at the Aquarium

Charleston’s most visited attraction is also a beautiful and inspiring place for events of many sizes. Visit our events page for details on making your event unforgettable.

Become a Member

South Carolina Aquarium members receive exclusive benefits, special discounts and invitations to exciting programs and events, including new exhibit previews and our annual 4th of July celebration. Learn More.

Sign up for our E-Newsletter

Stay in touch and be on the early bird list for news, updates and special events, like sea turtle releases, when you sign up for our e-newsletter.

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