South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, 7:00 – 10:30pm

The South Carolina Aquarium is located directly on Charleston Harbor and is home to more than 10,000 plants and animals, including river otters, sharks, and marine turtles. Exhibits encompass that of a typical southern Appalachian watershed and include the Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plan, the Coast, and the Ocean. The Aquarium also houses the deepest tank in North America, the Great Ocean tank, which houses more than 700 animals.

This optional event includes private access to the aquarium exhibits, dinner, and drinks. Doors open at 7:00pm and you will be able to tour throughout the evening until 10:30pm. Dinner starts at 8:00pm

It is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from the Francis-Marion hotel.

Aquarium viewing

7:00pm Exclusive access to exhibits in the South Carolina aquarium

Appetizers: Tomato pie tartlet, shrimp and grit cake, endive with blue cheese mousse, BBQ pork nacho

Open bar with beer, wine, and sodas


8:00pm Aquarium Lobby

Keynote Speaker

~8:45pm Dr. Patricia Fair, Medical University of South Carolina

“Dolphins as Environmental Beacons”


Local greens salad with blueberries, gouda cheese, grape tomatoes, pecans, vinaigrette

Local crab cakes with sides of remoulade and roasted red pepper relish

Steak with side of chimichurri sauce

Grilled asparagus, lemon, red pepper, parmesan, benne seed

Succotash of local beans, roasted corn, roasted tomatoes, peas, herbs, lemon

Smashed purple potatoes, garlic, boursin cheese, chives

Open bar with local beers, wines, and assorted sodas