Our mission is to inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research and by providing an exceptional visitor experience. The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We rely on the support of our paying guests, members, foundations and the generosity of our donors.
The Aquarium is located in beautiful and historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Our waterfront location on the Charleston Harbor enhances the guest experience with sweeping views of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the USS Yorktown and much more. Take a break on one of our open-air decks during your visit to spot wild dolphins and birds throughout the Harbor.
The South Carolina Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).