The over 4.8 million tourists that visit the Charleston area each year come for several reasons. The ambiance of our historical city, friendly people, beautiful scenery, amenities, sports, shopping, world-class restaurants are just a few reasons why the lowcountry area is so popular.

The large tourist volume helps sustain such amazing cultural and recreational amenities which aren't found in cities with similar populations. From the world-class symphony orchestra to the Gibbes Museum of Art to college sports to the historical homes tours, there is always something to do. And, when you live here, you'll be able to enjoy and take advantage of all that Charleston offers.

Almost every weekend there is a different event or activity taking place in the area. 

One such activity you do not want to miss is the South Carolina Aquarium. 

Located on the historic Charleston Harbor, the South Carolina Aquarium opened on May 19, 2000. The Aquarium projects out 200 feet into the Charleston Harbor and offers a state-of-the-art environmental learning center. 

It is home to more than ten thousand plants and animals including loggerhead sea turtles, alligators, great blue herons, owls, and lined seahorses, just to name a few. 

The largest exhibit in the Aquarium is the Great Ocean Tank, which extends from the first to the third floor of the Aquarium.  It holds more than 385,000 gallons of water and contains more than seven hundred animals.

The Aquarium also features a Touch Tank, where patrons may touch horseshoe crabs, Atlantic stingrays, and other marine animals.

In addition to all of the South Carolina Aquarium's educational efforts, the facility operates a Sea Turtle Hospital. After the staff nurtures injured turtles back to good health, these rehabilitated turtles are transported to a local beach and are returned to the ocean. 

To plan a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium, an exceptional experience for anyone visiting Charleston or living here, go to SCAquarium.org.

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