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.

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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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.

Myrtle Beach Customer Reviews

591 Reviews
Angela Barton
Bourbon, MO
2 Reviews
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June 2019 NEW
Love the place my grandchildren enjoyed it we spent hours there lost track of time I would definitely do it again it was worth every dime people was Pleasant and you actually got to see marine life and touch some
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Tip: Expect to spend a couple hours in there and the people are very nice

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Priscilla Fulmore
Winston Salem, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Experience"
April 2019
My family enjoyed the Aquarium and it was our first time. They enjoyed being able to do hands on things, like touching the jellyfish. My daughter enjoyed being able to do hands on things. She was able to make gemstones with a bag that we purchased which was cool to see the rocks she got. Great adventure for our Spring Break beach trip!
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Tip: They are wheelchair and scoller accessible! Which was great with a new baby.

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Christa Chester
Lyons, GA
2 Reviews
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"Not worth the Money"
April 2019
Not much here, the Georgia Aquarium has us spoiled. There's literally one tank of fish/sharks. You walk through on a belt!
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Tip: It will only take a good hour to see everything in the building!

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Calvin M.
New Bern, NC
1 Review
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"They, also, had fish!"
January 2019
The Ripley's Aquarium is a fun and informative attraction. While we were there, they had the Pearl Harbor exhibit on display. We loved walking through the history of the 2nd world war, it was very interesting. Oh! And they, also, had fish, sharks, eels, jellyfish, and so many other sea creatures. It was fun for the whole family.
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Tip: You can buy combo tickets at the door at listed prices, but ordering tickets online is cheaper and a good way to keep your budget in check.

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Molly Himel
Dalzell, SC
2 Reviews
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"Great Aquarium!"
January 2019
We love the myrtle beach aquarium. Our family has annual passes but we always purchase passes for our guests through reserve Myrtle Beach because it is the best deal around.
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Tip: Not a huge aquarium but a high quality experience

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Alison Crosby
Pelion, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun Place"
January 2019
Got a $5 coupon from this site and went to the aquarium for about 3 hours on a Thursday morning. Not too crowded. Staff was very nice and informative. Exhibits were fun and many interactive. Had a great time!
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Burlington, NC
1 Review
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"Very nice"
January 2019
Very good place to take the kids
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Tip: Look online and search first

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Michael Smark
Columbus, OH
1 Review
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"Ripley Aquarium"
January 2019
Very nice for both kids and adults. Something for everyone.
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Tip: The Penguins are coming soon...

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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McDermott, Ohio
"Hands-on fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 15, 2019 NEW
First off, if you're going to go, make sure you get one of those Myrtle Beach coupon books to get some money off because it is pricey. However, it's a really fun experience for kids and adults alike. They have a few hand-on opportunities where you can pet Sting Rays, Horseshoe crabs, and jellyfish. I love the conveyor belt that slowly moves you through the aquarium exhibit because it keeps people from crowding in one place and blocking everyone else from seeing things. It's especially nice on a rainy day when you can't hit the beach!
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Saint Louis, Missouri
"Rainy day activity "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 13, 2019 NEW
Hmm not sure it's worth the cost if you've got to pay for a lot of adults UNLESS they just love fish. If you can get a discount or free ticket, definitely go. Or if you have small children, say 3-6, they'll be fascinated. We went through the entire place in about an hour and a half. My toddler is almost three and she had a good enough time but was over it by the time we finished. Her favorite part was the slide and climbing area. Something else that lowered the review is the lack of accessibility for strollers or wheelchairs when entering and exiting. My 9 month old was in a double stroller. The doors are not automatic and they're heavy. Talk about awkward trying to open and hold a heavy door while getting a stroller through. And with where I parked, I would've had to walk in the street for too long in order to use the ramp. I pushed it up a curb instead. These are easy fixes and for what they're charging they can surely afford it.
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Stephanie C
Savannah, Georgia
"Fun and Educational"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 13, 2019 NEW
We loved how when walking through the aquarium, you could see the sea creatures swimming on top of you. It makes you feel like you are walking on the bottom of the ocean. My favorite part was the jellyfish exhibit. Some of them look like something from outer space or belong in an episode of Dr. Who!
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"Off the scale crowded and hot!"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 12, 2019 NEW
Not a fun visit, massive lines even though we pre-bought tickets. Line to get in was over an hour even with pre-purchased tickets. Don’t waste your time. Nothing in the Myrtle beach tourist trap area is worth waiting for. Go to beach instead....
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Grabill, Indiana
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 12, 2019 NEW
Not a bad place for smaller children...the teenagers will probably think it is borning due to the lack that is based on children
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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.