Story and Photography by Mark A. Leon
In the coastal town of Charleston, South Carolina where charm and warm Southern etiquette are part of our DNA, it is fitting that we have an aquarium pitted right on the Charleston Harbor that deems the same beauty and respect as the rest of our colony. Charleston is a place passionate about history, knowledge and marine biology. From the sharks to the gators, stingrays to starfish, the interest for aquatic life is one that fuels us with ambition, intrigue and desire. Even for those that have Southern blood through and through, the sighting of a dolphin or sea turtle is one filled with wonder.
As I walked through the floors of the South Carolina Aquarium with a spectacular view of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and passing sailboats in the back, I was taken to a time of innocence when I was a little boy and all I wanted to do was see all the colors of the fish, touch them as they swam beneath the water and talk to them hoping through some miracle they would talk back and with the addition of new Lego displays, that feeling of childhood was intensified.
Whether you are five years old or eighty, there is a place for you at the aquarium. With wide open spaces, a staff that truly loves to teach and awe inspiring moments including an eight foot albino alligator and majestic bald eagle, you will not regret a day of escape and learning.
Come with me as we share a photo expose of a day at the South Carolina Aquarium.
If you have not visited, it is time to make your way, so round up the family and enjoy a day with the wonders of the water. If you have already walked the hallowed halls, why not remember why you loved it in the first place.
For locals, the SC Aquarium offers wonderful annual passes/memberships. Their new membership cards are now being produced with biodegradable material and make for a wonderful gift.