Aquarium Aglow FAQ

Below you will find detailed Aquarium Aglow information that covers topics in our most frequently asked questions. Should you have additional questions or need further assistance, please call us at (843) 577-FISH (3474).


Event Time:  Aquarium Aglow runs 5:30–9:30 p.m. with scheduled entry times. Please check your tickets to ensure you arrive at your entry time, and have your tickets on your phone or printed to expedite your access to the event. No entry is permitted after 9 p.m.

Tickets: Member special pricing for tickets will apply automatically once signed in. No other discounts are available. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and proceeds help fund our mission. Only tickets purchased through the South Carolina Aquarium will be honored.

Food and Beverage: Food and drinks, including a selection of alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase. Please be aware that refreshments at Aquarium Aglow may contain or come in contact with common allergens such as dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and others. Guests 21 and over with a valid I.D. may purchase alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly.

Parking: The most convenient parking for access to Aquarium Aglow is available at the city-operated Aquarium Garage, located at 24 Calhoun Street.

Accessibility: The South Carolina Aquarium is committed to providing engaging and full experiences for all. All guest areas of the Aquarium are wheelchair accessible. For those with sensory sensitivities, we offer free checkout of KultureCity sensory bags which include tools, like noise-reducing headphones, that may help make the experience more comfortable. For more accessibility resources, including information on transportation to our building, wheelchair rental and more, please visit our Accessibility page.

Weather: Aquarium Aglow will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather that results in temporary Aquarium closure, refunds will be issued to ticket holders scheduled for those dates.

Gift Shop: The Gift Shop will be open during Aquarium Aglow.

Safety Information: Portions of Aquarium Aglow utilize flashing lights and may not be suitable for those with photosensitive epilepsy. Some areas of the Aquarium may have low lighting, and outdoor exhibits may have damp flooring, so please use caution as you explore.

Children: All ages are welcome at Aquarium Aglow. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Animals: Animal wellbeing is our top priority, and this includes giving animals the choice to “take a break” from light and sound stimulation. During your visit to Aquarium Aglow, some animals, such as our river otters and American kestrel, may not be in full view. In addition, curtains in Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery™ are lowered every evening at 8 p.m. to mimic a natural light cycle for our sea turtle patients. Click here to learn more about some of our animal care practices during Aquarium Aglow.

Photography: We encourage you to capture memories at Aquarium Aglow and share your experiences on social media (be sure to tag @southcarolinaaquarium); however, no flash photography is allowed. Commercial photography, videotaping or recording without prior authorization from the Aquarium is prohibited.

Conduct: All guests are expected to follow the Aquarium’s official Code of Conduct. Please note, smoking is not allowed anywhere on Aquarium property nor in the surrounding area of Liberty Square (this includes vaping). The Aquarium reserves the right to ask guests to leave at any time with no refund should inappropriate or dangerous behavior, including excessive inebriation, be displayed.

For additional information, please call us at (843) 577-FISH (3474).

Get more information on our accessibility resources.
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