Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, SC

1110 Celebrity CircleMyrtle Beach, SC 29577
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Overview

Boasting 85,000 square feet of educational exhibits, interactive areas and exciting videos, Ripley’s® Aquarium is an aquatic wonderland that’s perfect for all ages. Guests of this popular Broadway at the Beach attraction can see nearly 10,000 exotic sea creatures of more than 350 species in exhibits like Rio Amazon, Dangerous Reef, Ray Bay, Discovery Center, Rainbow Rock and much more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Myrtle Beach Travel Experts
  • The best way to beat the crowd is by arriving later in the afternoon.
  • Wear short sleeve shirts so you can touch the sting rays.
  • Arrive 20 minutes before the dive shows.
  • Ramps are available through out the aquarium.
  • Aquarium features hands-on exhibits and touch tanks with more than 10,000 sea creatures including exotic fish, turtles, seahorses, jellyfish, stingrays, and sharks.
  • Marvel at the aquarium tunnel with sharks.
  • New Exhibit: SLIME! The sea’s slimiest creatures!

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Loved all the different hands-on exhibits! Had a great time and learned so much from the educators located throughout the aquarium.

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Description

from Ripley's Aquarium
Ripley’s® Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is located in Broadway-at-the-Beach, an entertainment and dining complex that features restaurants, rides, shops and the 85,000 square foot Ripley’s Aquarium.

Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach is literally teeming with life - our 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species.

Exhibits at Ripley's Aquarium Include:
  • Rio Amazon

  • Dangerous Reef

  • Living Gallery

  • Rainbow Rock

  • Systems Control

  • Discovery Center

  • Ray Bay

  • Friendship Flats

  • Planet Jellies

  • Brand New - Glass Bottom Boats (Additional Cost)


Get in the shark tank and experience the NEW, indoor Glass Bottom Boat, the first and only one of its kind in North America. Only 3 inches of glass in a specially designed boat will separate you from the sharp-toothed predators that call Dangerous Reef home. The Glass Bottom Boat will hold approximately 10 people per tour and launches about every 20 minutes. There is an additional cost for this exhibit which can be purchased at Ripley’s Aquarium.

Planet Jellies expansion NOW OPEN to the public. This 5,000 square foot expansion is devoted to the life of Jellyfish. Our Planet Jellies expansion is the largest Jellyfish exhibit in the United States. Come Face to Face with the largest collection of sharks in South Carolina, touch stingrays, bamboo sharks, horseshoe crabs, and now you can touch jellyfish

Check out the SLIME! Come see the sea’s slimiest creatures! From Mud Puppies to Moray Eels – these new animals will mesmerize all ages while showing how SLIME is vital to their survival & life processes.

All of these amazing aquatic animals use slime during their daily routines. There are over 30 exciting and educational exhibits including interactive areas and videos. Fun for the entire family, come find out why SLIME is so important in this all-new exhibit.

Reserve Myrtle Beach Customer Reviews

171 Reviews
Jeanna Grabuskie
1 Review
"Hands on Excitement for Kids"
October, 2017
Our DS9 loved the aquarium. It is not the biggest in the world but the displays are very well done. The Shark tank is a tunnel that you stand on a conveyor belt to view. This slow view of the tank allowed our active 9 yr old to find the posted sea creatures, view them from different angles and figure out which was which. The horseshoe and shark pond is completely touchable. 2 fingers please! and be very gentle. Boy that was fun. Upstairs is a touchable stingray exhibit. Our son did the stingray encounter too. We had a behind the scenes tour, then he donned a swimsuit and dive suit. At the pool a trainer explained all about the animals and instructed the kids on how to behave. She gave each child a snorkel, mask and snorkel vest. DS9 was able to snorkel out into the main tank! It was so cool, along with the encounter, he received a t-shirt and a USB drive filled with beautiful pictures. My husband and I did not do the encounter but were allowed to tour the faciliities with him and takek pictures of his encounter with the stingrays. Afterwards they take a hot shower and redress into street clothes. Best day ever at the aquarium and sure to be an everlasting memory. Adrianna and Meredith made the entire visit super special and unique.
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Tip: Not a super big aquarium. Hands on and you may get wet sleeves, Do the stingray encounter it is a winner.

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Elena Seals
1 Review
"Not worth the money"
July, 2017
Aquarium not worth the money. Very disappointed. Plus paid extra to do the glass bottom bias. Which was terrible. Not really even a boat. A girl pulls you around on the water with a rope. You see the same fish as you seen walking around in aquariums. What a joke.
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Tip: Don't waist your money

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Janet Bradley
1 Review
"Great except for the exit"
March, 2017
Ripley's Aquarium is a wonderful venue for the whole family. My only objection is the fact that you must exit through the gift shop. Our 2 year old grandson had a meltdown because he wanted everything in the store. Of course all of the stuffed toys are at kid level. Going to the aquarium is an expensive outing for a family without having to deal with small children on the way through the exit.
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Tip: Be prepared for young children to have a meltdown in the gift shop because that is the only way to exit the aquarium.

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Christine M.
Roanoke , VA
1 Review
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"My Daughter's Most Memorable Vacation"
September, 2016
This aquarium is extremely fascinating! From the live mermaid show to the boat ride to the interactive games for the children, there is fun to be had by the entire family. My three year old daughter was constantly entertained by this facility and didn't want to leave! I consider that a successful vacation. I deeply appreciate the staff and their dedication to the facility. I can't wait to come back, year after year!
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Melissa Lantz
Westernport, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Family fun"
August, 2016
My family had a great time visiting the aquarium. Lots of different areas to look at it. Very kid/stroller friendly. Would definitely recommend to other families.
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Tip: There is a lot of different areas to look at, would recommend taking a stroller to keep small children from walking too much.

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BETTY BRANCH
LAUREL HILL, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Grandkids summer vacation"
August, 2016
This was our second time going to aquarium. The first time our oldest grandchild was moving around so fast we seem to miss a lot. This time he took his time and explored every corner and animal. They love the petting zone. This experience is something every child needs to experience. Loved it.
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Tip: Allow plenty of time to explore the aquarium. It was awesome.

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Christine Nuzzi
Nesconset , NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great family day!"
August, 2016
We walked under sharks, saw a mermaid show, met lots of great people and even touched some jelly fish! The kids are still talking about it!
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Tip: Buy tickets online and print before you go to save lots of time and money

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Reserve Myrtle Beach Customer
CLINTON, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Outstanding on a hot day"
August, 2016
The Aquarium was amazing to our little one who had big eyes the whole time. It was nice and cool inside.
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Tip: Busy during hot summer days. Better ticket prices on here than at the Aquarium or online at Ripley's.

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NCBabe13
Alexandria, VA
"Absolutely Amazing!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2017 NEW
I had been to the aquarium once before but this visit was to bring my husband, who has never been, and for me to see the Festival of Trees. So glad we went!!! The aquarium is a bit on the small side, however the moving walkway and the display is pretty cool. We watched a show with the stingrays. The flat bottom boat was not running during our visit. The trees were amazing, one for each state and Washington DC. I took a picture of each tree so I could save them on my Facebook so we could remember our visit!!! Someone asked if we wanted out picture taken before going in, which we did. I got a keychain with the picture in it when we left. I find the price to be a bit steep. Not sure how large families manage to go in. We got lucky in that the hotel we were staying in had a free ticket offer, and the night before i had found a Black Friday deal that got me tickets for $14 each. I ended up buying enough for us (the entire family) to use at a later time during our next visit down in 2018.
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Mbt9507
Dunedin, New Zealand
"enjoyable experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2017 NEW
We took our family, including grandkids to the aquarium the Saturday after Thanksgiving. no problems getting online tickets and no problem getting in at 11 am. Moderately crowded but not bad. Enjoyed the states Christmas trees and we enjoyed the touch pools. Had not experienced touch pool for jellyfish before. Friendly staff. Enjoyed the mermaid show too. Price a little steep for the two hour experience but it was a good experience.
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Y9283YJjohnh
Worcester
"Great Site"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2017 NEW
One of the nicest, and cleanest aquariums that we have visited. We enjoyed the narrations and the exhibits. We had a great experience
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lm00re7
Shreveport, Louisiana
"Great place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2017 NEW
This is a great place to take anyone. It is clean and the people are friendly and seem very knowledgeable. I would definitely go again.
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PoompasDucks
Denver, Colorado
"Rainy Day Fun Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2017 NEW
Took advantage of the rain and headed to the aquarium. Enjoyed the different displays and tanks. Staff were all friendly and knowledgeable about their fish. The water tunnel was really interesting and stepped off the slow moving walkway many times in order to stay longer. They’re currently set up for Christmas and have trees decorated for each state. This is a an aquarium for any age and one you don’t want to miss while in Myrtle Beach.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ripley's Aquarium

What if I can’t print my E-ticket?
This attraction does allow you to show your E-ticket on a smart phone for entry.


How long does it take to tour the attraction?
We recommend allowing 2 hours or more to tour the aquarium.


Where can I park?
Free parking is available in front of the aquarium.


Do I need to make a reservation if I purchased the Stingray Experience?
Yes, this ticket type does require you to call the phone number listed on your E-ticket to set-up a tour time.


If my child is 5 and under, can they participate in the Stingray Experience?
Sorry, but this tour is only for ages 6+ years old.


If I purchased the Aquarium + U-Pick 1 Combo, where do I redeem my E-ticket?
You will want to visit the Ripley’s Aquarium first to redeem your E-ticket. Once there, you can let them know which one other Ripley’s attraction you would like to visit.


Do I have to use the U-Pick Combo tickets the same day?
No, you can visit the other Ripley’s attraction during any part of your stay.


Can I leave and revisit the same day?
You can, we ask that you get your hand stamped in your Cargo Hold Gift Shop on your way out.


Are strollers allowed?
The aquarium is stroller friendly. Strollers can be rented at guest services for an additional fee.


Do you allow pets?
Sorry, not pets allowed. Only service animals per ADA specifications.


Are cameras allowed?
Yes, you can take pictures and or take video to share with your friends.


Is the Aquarium wheelchair accessible?
Yes, they are.

Do you offer wheelchairs?

Yes, they are available at guest services.

Are any of the Unique Experiences included with the admission ticket?
No, that costs extra. If you are looking to Sleep with the Sharks or the Mermaid Experience or any other special tours, you can call the aquarium directly to book the tour for an additional fee.