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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Savannah Rhame

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

291 Reviews
Jenn Engler-henry
Angola, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing experience"
May, 2018 NEW
We were in a large group and had 8 children... ages 4-17... everyone enjoyed the Aquarium! Lots to see and experience!
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Tip: Mornings are too crowded. Take your time, so you don’t miss anything

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Reserve Myrtle Beach Customer
Fort Worth, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"R&R Time"
May, 2018 NEW
The aquarium was a fun filled experience. Age doesn't matter. Seeing and interacting with sea life is an awesome experience. The aquarium also offer lots of history and other family fun activities. Loved the experience.
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Tip: 1) Be ready to be amused. 2) It's ok to touch the jelly fish.

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Sharmona Lance
Pawleys Island , SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"My child's first Trip to the aquarium"
May, 2018 NEW
We had an amazing time
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Norma Howe
Chicago, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing Experience for Both Kids & Adults!"
May, 2018 NEW
First off, I traveled in early May, it was NOT crowded. I'm from Chicago and we have the Shedd Aquarium... this is 10 times better and so much fun. I brought my 13 & 11 yr old daughters. We LOVED the shark tank and the conveyer belt that takes you through. The staff were so kind and knowledgable. I'm glad I paid for the extras like 5D theater, laser tag, odditorium, etc. I'm actually planning a trip to bring my 3 yr old son. He knows almost every shark and he would LOVE this!!!
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Tip: Go before the crowd starts, which is between late May through September. Get ready to drive to the beach for the rest of the activities (5D, laser tag, etc) since it's about 10 min from the aquarium

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Amy Romero
Silver spring , MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great place for kids"
May, 2018 NEW
We really enjoyed the Ripley's Aquarium, it was beautiful and there was a lot to do near by. The mermaid show was great, my daughter really enjoyed it. Staff was very friendly. We will come back soon.
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Tip: Great location

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Tim Moore
Perryville, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Nice break from the beach!"
May, 2018 NEW
Area surrounding aquarium is fun to walk through too.. plan to spend the day there.
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Dustin Martin
Princeton , WV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Family weekend getaway"
May, 2018 NEW
This was the first time our kids have been to the beach. We thought the aquarium would be a great experience for them. They are 2, 5, 7, and 9 They enjoyed it so much they loved being able to touch the sting Ray's and ringing on the conver belt looking at all the fish.
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Heather Moore
Canton, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Loved it!"
May, 2018 NEW
Was very excited to visit Ripleys Aquarium! I had visited it 14 years ago when they had the Titanic exhibit and was in love! I now have 2 children I wanted to have the same experience as myself. They absolutely loved the underwater tunnel and petting the Rays!
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Tip: Everything is accommodating. Especially for strollers!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Goldpanner2010
home
"Great experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2018 NEW
A little bit pricey unless you sit through a condo sales pitch to get free tickets. This is educational and entertaining. Love the conveyor belt through the shark tunnel!!
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Kristen S
Baltimore, Maryland
"Take your Family!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2018 NEW
I loved this place. It was interesting and was easy for the kids to be entertained and educated at the same time. Loved the Pearl Habor Exhibit.
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Ashley M
"Love this place!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2018 NEW
It never gets old. It is extremely affordable and they offer discounts if you are doing other attractions too. Highly recommended for families with kids of all ages.
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bwhit156
Greenwood, Indiana
"Awesome trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2018 NEW
Or cold was absolutely enthralled with the mermaid show. We loved all the exhibits, especially the tunnel and the petting station. We went on veteran's day and between that and the comped ticket from our resort hotel it was practically free, though the prices aren't too bad, anyway. It was a great way to spend the afternoon
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djz85
Greenfield, Iowa
"Ocean Vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2018 NEW
Great place to visit !! We enjoyed seeing all the different kinds of fish and sharks swimming over our heads. It was very cool to touch the stingrays swimming in the hands on pool and to be able to be so close and interact with sea creatures that you would not normally see anywhere else but at an Aquarium like this. Loved it !!
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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.