Best Attraction
South Carolina Aquarium

For more than 20 years, the South Carolina Aquarium has offered families the chance to get up close and personal with more than 5,000 wild animals normally only seen in documentaries or textbooks. Visitors can watch colorful fish and other sea creatures swim in the museum’s 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank, step outside and appreciate the native wildlife of the Charleston Harbor and even touch and see shallow-water invertebrates, once health precautions are lifted.

Of course, the Aquarium’s work extends well beyond its own walls. The Sea Turtle Care Center helps rescue and rehabilitate endangered sea turtles who visit the South Carolina coast each year. Scientists and advocates help educate the public on the best ways to save and preserve natural habitats and jumpstart research with fieldwork alongside agencies and nonprofits.

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