South Carolina Aquarium

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When I picked up the girls on Monday the oldest told me she was glad to be going to South Carolina because it was so hot in Florida. I then told her about the very nice weather we had been having in Charleston and not to worry. She would cool off in a hurry once we passed the South Carolina border.

Or, that is what I wish I could have told her. As we continue to have record breaking high temperatures this week (heat index 110 degrees in the shade, uggh!) we all decided to stay indoors yesterday and went to the South Carolina Aquarium. This is one of the things to do on my Charleston Bucket List so I was very excited.

Did I mention it was hot here? Where you buy tickets for the Aquarium is outside in this area where there is no air movement. As I stood there baking in the heat trying to work out the particulars of the many membership options the aquarium offers, I noticed this colorful wall with water running down it (see above). I told the girls to go stand by it so they could try to cool off a little.

After membership was purchased, photo was taken, and we no longer felt like fresh flowers of the South, we proceeded inside. Up the escalator to the second floor we stopped at this small (well small for the aquarium anyway) “fish tank.”

Then we proceeded into the misty Mountain Forest.

From there we went to the Piedmont and Coastal Plain where we saw snakes.

We also saw the Albino Alligator in the Coastal Plain but he lives in a dark nook at the Aquarium and so pictures of him and his whiteness did not turn out so well. We did see other smaller alligators though that photographed better.

Forward we walked through the Salt Marsh and the Coast. We stopped at the Touch Tank where the girls were able to touch several different types of sea life, including stingrays.

Continuing our journey, we went on to the Ocean.

This tank holds “385,000 gallons of salt water and contains hundreds of animals, including sharks, pufferfish and a loggerhead sea turtle that weighs over 280 pounds.”

After spending a fair amount of time there in awe of the the large tank we moved onto the smaller tanks that also held a vast array of sea life.

Then, we went on to Camp Carolina where we saw Liberty, the rescued Bald Eagle.

And a kid-sized climbing wall.

Our tour of the indoors over, we made a quick stop at the gift shop and then headed back outside into the heat to search out our car. The Aquarium does not offer any parking by the way. You have to park on the street or in a City of Charleston parking garage (five bucks for two to four hours).

Overall, it was a great day and I am looking forward to going back to the Aquarium again sometime now that David and I are members.

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About Southern Adventuress

Transplant from California now living in Charleston, South Carolina after getting married in September 2010 to a Southerner. Join me as I reinvent my house on a strict budget, navigate the streets of my city; meet the challenges of pet ownership; and delve into education after institutional learning.

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