Local Institution Visits




Be sure to plan your travel to visit some of the Accredited Institutions located close to Charleston!

Brookgreen Gardens

1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 235-6000
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from Charleston

Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark with the most significant collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting by American artists in the world and the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the coast of the Carolinas. Located on Highway 17 north of Charleston between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island the gardens are open daily to the public. For more information visit www.brookgreen.org or call (843) 235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens offers free admission to AZA Members.  Just show your membership card at the admissions plaza.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 779-8717
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Charleston

Official Post-Conference Tour - Friday, April 12

Following the conference, we invite you to hop on the bus and visit Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, SC. The Riverbanks staff is anxious to roll out the red carpet and extend some of its world famous southern hospitality. A relaxing, fun-filled and engaging experience is in store for all who attend. Experience behind the scenes tours of the Elephant Barn, Animal Health Center, Bird Conservation Center, Birdhouse (including the penguin exhibit), Aquarium Reptile Complex, Commissary, and Education Building along with a full slate of special presentations by animal keepers and educators. Lunch will be served at the zoo and a snack box and drink will be provided for the bus ride back to Charleston. We look forward to seeing you in Columbia!

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden offers free admission to AZA Members if you would like to visit, but can't participate in the Post-Conference Tour.  

Ripley's Aquarium

1110 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 916-0888
Approximately 2 hours from Charleston