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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Insights from Reserve Direct's own team members

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

266 Reviews
Reserve Myrtle Beach Customer
worcester, MA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Ripley's aquarium"
April, 2018 NEW
It was a great experience. The most interactive aquarium I've been to. My son has autism and he loves it there were so many sensory related things GS for him to explore.
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Tip: It is in a great location with many restaurants and other activities to do surrounding.

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crystal ray
Athens, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Aquarium"
April, 2018 NEW
We had an awesome time at the aquarium.Wonderful history we had a child 8 and ages up to their 50's and there was something for everyone. Wonderful experience!!
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Tip: Buy tickets ahead on line so easy to get in no lines

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Megan Schink
Sagamore, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great"
April, 2018 NEW
I had such a great time at the aquarium. It was a great place to go while the weather at the beach was not ideal. The exhibits were fantastic and the fish were vibrant. The best part was the powered floor belt that took you all around the sharks and other various fish. I had a great time.
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Tip: It is a valid all day pass, so if you want to go eat somewhere else at broadway on the beach you are able to.

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Aldo Morici
Gloversville, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great visit"
April, 2018 NEW
Wasn't expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised with the aquarium. Many great features and the shark tunnel is awesome. A must see in MB.
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Tip: Great value

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Valeria Bell
Rich Square, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Time!"
April, 2018 NEW
We really enjoyed the aquarium!
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Robyn Thomas
Charlotte , NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
April, 2018 NEW
I love going to Ripleys Aquarium whenever I go to Myrtle Beach, it’s so colorful and fun and also a learning environment. The kids fed the fish and had a good time. It’s a must do!
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Tip: It’s definitely beneficial to get tickets in advance.

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Vicki B.
South Lyon, MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Teen girls loved it"
April, 2018 NEW
We saved money by purchasing tickets on-line. This was my idea of the perfect sized aquarium during spring break. We spent a couple of hours there enjoying hands-on exhibits, as well as the huge walk through aquarium. Would be a great rainy day activity.
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Jaime Chase
Akron, NY
1 Review
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"Enjoyed are visit!"
April, 2018 NEW
We really enjoyed are visit to the aquarium ! The staff was friendly there was a lot to see my kids really enjoyed it and had so much fun can’t wait to visit again next year !
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Kseay3
"Great Day Visit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 25, 2018 NEW
We went on a Sunday about 12 and it was the perfect time! It was not crowded! I love that they offer a veteran's discount-and a very decent one at that! The size of the aquarium was perfect for our 3 year old! She loved everything! We stayed for the live mermaid show and it was awesome! That's been 2 weeks ago and my daughter is still talking about it!
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ashantiandashamommy
Hamden, CT
"Small"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 24, 2018 NEW
This aquarium was very small and didn't offer much. We did try the glass bottom boat tour and had to say it was the highlight of the visit.
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IrishCourt
"Sharks are cool!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 24, 2018 NEW
The Pearl Harbor exhibit was amazing. I think it was a special exhibit that was there only for a limited time. My 5 year old really enjoyed the moving walk way with the sharks & fish swimming over your head. We were sad to learn that the mermaid show, which is advertised all over town, was only on the Weekends. It would be nice it they had it available for a few weeks or days during the Spring Break season. My daughter was really sad about that.
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Gromx83
"Great"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2018 NEW
Love this place. Kids had so much fun, a great and a fun learning experience. Highly recommend to everyone.
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Anonymous
"Great learning experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2018 NEW
Such variety, the kids while teenagers all admired the in depth knowledge the employees shared. Definitely will return.
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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.