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Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, SC

1110 Celebrity CircleMyrtle Beach, SC 29577
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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.

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from Ashley, one of our Myrtle Beach Travel Experts
  • 10,000 sea creatures. Exotic fish, turtles, seahorses, jellyfish, stingrays, sharks and more.
  • Hands on exhibits and touch tanks.
  • Aquarium tunnel with sharks!
  • New Exhibit: SLIME! The sea’s slimiest creatures!
  • Mud Puppies, Moray Eels, snails, slugs and more.
  • Select 1 Day “Go-Anytime” ticket,
  • Stingray Experience Plus or U-Pick 1 Combo ticket with other Ripley’s attraction.
  • 2104 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice
  • The best day to go to beat the crowd is arrive 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.


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

168 Reviews
Christine M.
Roanoke , VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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.
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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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.
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!
Tip: Buy tickets online and print before you go to save lots of time and money

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Reserve Myrtle Beach Customer
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.
Tip: Busy during hot summer days. Better ticket prices on here than at the Aquarium or online at Ripley's.

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Teofanes Gutierrez
Springfield, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
August, 2016
Great place for families to go. My kid liked a lot.

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Reserve Myrtle Beach Customer
Charlotte , NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Hot & Crowded"
August, 2016
Nice aquariums, very disorganized in view of number of people. Shark tunnel incerdibly hot, no crowd flow. Man had a wagon with sun hood and he was carrying his kid! Nice to visit but won't go back...
Tip: Bring water,sweat towel and a WHOLE lot of patience...

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Reserve Myrtle Beach Customer
Germantown, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
August, 2016
My family really enjoyed the trip and my daughter loved the mermaids and my son loved touching the animals.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Charlotte, North Carolina
"Good Sized Aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 26, 2016 NEW
Minimal lines in late Oct fair pricing against other attractions in MB. Beautiful and abundant selection of Sea Life some quite large. Aquarium has been there almost 20 years but looks very well kept, clean and updated with the times. I would certainly return as they have certain exhibits that rotate in and out.
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Elkins, West Virginia
"A great place - fun for kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 26, 2016 NEW
We almost always visit the Aquarium when in Myrtle Beach. The different tanks are really interesting and kids can participate in hands-on activities
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Christina H
Wilmington, Delaware
"A fun family outing"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 26, 2016 NEW
Our 8 and 11 y/o children really enjoyed all the hands on experiences. Overall, a nice aquarium even without any mammals.
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"Interesting "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 26, 2016 NEW
Fun way to spend an afternoon and see some amazing animals. It is educational and fun for the whole family.
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Syracuse, New York
"Nice Aquarium to spend the day."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 25, 2016 NEW
We took an off season relaxing trip to Myrtle Beach to get away from the cold in NY. This is the only touristy thing we did. We bundled it with one of the other Ripley museums in downtown MB. It was a little over $100 for four of us. I believe it was worth it since they have fairly long hours. We stayed for at least 7 hours with an offsite lunch break. The kids liked the horse shoe crabs that you could touch as well as the jelly fish touch tank. They both tried their luck at the rays but were unsuccessful. We also went through the tunnel that goes under the aquarium many times. Plus they have the usual fish and turtles etc. Overall a nice day!

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 wheel chair 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.