Fish, flowers and a five dollar discount

August 25 00:05 2016 Print This Article

The South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston’s number one family attraction, and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, the city’s most visited plantation, are offering families an opportunity to visit both attractions at a specially reduced price during the month of September.

A $5 discount off the admission price to South Carolina Aquarium and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is available beginning September 1 and valid through September 30, 2016. Discount coupons are available from the South Carolina Aquarium and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens websites. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts to either attraction. A printed coupon is required to receive the discount.

The South Carolina Aquarium, founded in 2000, features thousands of aquatic animals from river otters and sharks, to loggerhead sea turtles, in more than 60 exhibits representing the state’s rich biodiversity from the mountains to the sea. Enjoy the Aquarium’s newest experience, BricksALIVE, featuring more than 250,000 colorful LEGO® bricks. BricksALIVE features a collection of more than a dozen animal sculptures throughout the Aquarium’s second floor.

A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and conservation, the South Carolina Aquarium also offers guests the opportunity to tour the state’s only hospital for sick and injured sea turtles. Discover the extraordinary care that is provided to these endangered creatures. Behind-the-scenes tours are offered daily at noon and 2 p.m.

The South Carolina Aquarium is located on the historic Charleston Harbor at 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, S.C. and is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily (last ticket sold at 4 p.m.)  For pricing, go to scaquarium.org or call 843-577-FISH (3474). Memberships are available by calling 843-579-8518.

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of America from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. Magnolia is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest garden in America.

With more than 100 acres of flowering plants year round, Magnolia was recently selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Magnolia is the only garden honored with this distinction in South Carolina.

Magnolia offers guided tours of the main house that was once the Drayton family’s home, nature boat and nature train rides and the award-winning “Slavery to Freedom” cabin project. Magnolia also features an unguided walking tour through the 60-acre Audubon Swamp Garden named for naturalist John James Audubon.

Located at 3550 Ashley River Road on the Ashley River, Magnolia is open 365 days a year. Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. For more details, call 843-571-1266 or go to magnoliaplantation.com.