Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, SC

1110 Celebrity CircleMyrtle Beach, SC 29577
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Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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

New for Summer 2019 : Aloha Cove allows you to experience the tropical islands like never before – and at this kick-off event you are invited to enjoy our refreshments and Hula dancers. This new exhibit will include information on tikis, volcanoes, sharks, Hawaiian pop culture, surfing and more!

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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

635 Reviews
Tripster Customer
Hope mills, NC
1 Review
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"Life made easy !"
August 2019 NEW
I came across this site on my way to Myrtle Beach to take my son to the aquarium and noticed they were offering a crazy discount on adult tickets. Wow ..... I have a really big family and all together it was about $200 just for us to get into the aquarium but when it was all said and done I only paid $120 for eight of us. It was quick and easy & took about 8 minutes because I call just to make sure Everything was done right on my end. A lot of times you have to print out the tickets but they emailed me a receipt and a copy of my ticket so I didn’t have to print anything out, thank god! I was able to present them at the counter and we went from omission right into family fun JustLikeThat!
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Beth Cerny
Madison, CT
1 Review
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"Saved some money!"
August 2019 NEW
On vacation, trying to do as much as possible. Searched online to find the best price for tickets and it was Tripster. Very easy to use, purchase then redeemed at door using email on phone. Just like that saved a bunch. Thank you!
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Tip: Best price for popular attraction.

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jessica Lawrence
browns summit, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Ripleys Aquarium myrtle beach"
August 2019 NEW
I would recommend going early in the morning after lunch its very packed. make its hard to see stuff when its packed.
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Tip: go early in the morning, and buy tickets in advance

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Erin Maiolino
Wakefield, MA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience!"
August 2019 NEW
We purchased discounted tickets through Tripster for the Ripleys Aquarium on our recent vacation to Myrtle Beach, SC. We had the best time at the aquarium. So much to see from sharks and jelly fish to a mermaid show. The staff was so friendly and informative. My kids got to touch a bonnet shark and jellyfish! The gift shop was great and the bathrooms were clean. We would definitely go back!
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joshua barto
BUTLER, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome time"
August 2019 NEW
The family really enjoyed the aquarium. We were there a few years ago. Never gets old.
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Tip: Tripster was easy to use and saved us 10 dollars a ticket

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Megan Alcorn
Rutland, VT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Nice aquarium"
August 2019 NEW
The aquarium is nice and my kids really enjoyed it. My only complaint is the gift shop was a rip off. I bought my children each a souvenir and I purchased two picture frames that were on the sales table. I asked the cashier if they rang up with the percentage off and she very rudely said it was up to that percentage off and the picture frames were fillers on the table. I was not impressed and would never go back to that aquarium after that.
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Tip: Check the showtimes before visiting so you don’t miss them and look online for discount tickets.

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Matthew Bolick
Lenoir, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Go early in the morning."
August 2019 NEW
Plan your trip to the aquarium early in the morning. After lunch it’s packed. As far as everything else it’s a great thing for kids. The doughnut holes that you smell when you enter are really good.
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Tip: Go early in the morning

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Brenda Richter
Mascoutah, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very cool"
August 2019 NEW
We very much enjoyed seeing the sharks swim around us. Also, petting the stingrays and jellyfish was really cool.
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Tip: Very close to other attractions, and a couple neat looking restaurants.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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NewYorkPaddy
New York
"One of the best aquariums on the east coast"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2019 NEW
Great day for both the adults and children. We went with 4 yr old twins, boy and girl. They had different goals, one for mermaids and the other sharks. Both were totally happy with their experience. Our best day in Myrtle Beach.
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Mary R
Greenville, South Carolina
"Expensive and over rated"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2019 NEW
It's not a bad little aquarium. But it is not $30+ per person worthy. They need to lower their prices and seriously the glass bottomed "boat" was pretty cheesy. You can see more just walking by the tank.
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samantharampacek
Jamesburg, New Jersey
"Nice place to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2019 NEW
Overall was a nice place to visit especially on a hot day since there is air conditioning, but was a little expensive. You can get coupons in some of the local brochures. There was a nice Pearl Harbor exhibit, horseshoe crabs and jellyfish you can touch, shark tube with moving walkway, and plenty of other exhibits. Also lots of photo opportunities for children. Overall was a nice thing to see and it took about 1-2 hours to completely see everything.
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kburgener
Holland, Massachusetts
"Great time! "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2019 NEW
Thankful we got a discount, only because we went through it kinda fast with teenagers. If you have smaller kids, elementary school age, they will enjoy so much more of it!
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workinggirl21
Mississauga
"Amazing but dont pay full price"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2019 NEW
I'm so surprised by all the people that pay full price. Do some research and you'll find deals. Otherwise this place isn't worth the full price. My almost 2 and 4 year old were in awe of this place. Probably spent 2.5 hrs here and that wasn't even slow. Its amazing what you see but there isn't a ton to see. At a discount j would come back.
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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.