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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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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

590 Reviews
Priscilla Fulmore
Winston Salem, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Experience"
April 2019 NEW
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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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
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"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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MAHMOUD AlNABULSI
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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Jan Janiszewski
La Crosse, WI
1 Review
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"A “Must See” attraction"
January 2019
We took my son, his wife, their 2 and 4 year old kids and our daughter to the Aquarium on Christmas Day and it was one of our highlights on our visit to South Carolina from the Midwest. We spent about 4 hours there and we all marveled at how fascinating this place was. Even the grandkids were enthralled. This place is awesome, especially at Christmas time.
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Tip: Allow enough time to see everything.

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437crystalr
Avalon, Texas
"Nice"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2019 NEW
It was very nice and knowledgeable. Lots of animals. Very clean. We did the glass bottom boat ride and it was amazing! Lots of fun!
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Georgia_Peach30650
Athens, Georgia
"A great time, but pricey"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2019 NEW
When we arrived, it was a rainy day, so the aquarium was crowded. We heard parents telling their children more than once that they were just waiting for the rain to stop, then they would get out of there. It got a lot less crowded after a little while, though. We got in with a deep military discount, so it was well worth it, but it would be priced too high for a smallish aquarium if you have to pay full price. Other than that, the place is so adorable and we had a great time! It has an open atrium in the middle, with different halls off of it that you can explore. Of course, the shark tunnel was a huge hit. It is beautiful, and the place is a nice setup.
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chanceb2014
Gastonia, North Carolina
"Family fun! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 13, 2019 NEW
Our 16 month old had a ball! One of the best aquariums I've ever been too! Especially liked the pearl harbor exhibit. The sharks were very impressive. They had so many of them! We will be back on our next vacation.
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segurjm16
"Loved it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 12, 2019 NEW
We got there as soon as they opened at 9 am, we were told to beat the rush! We did the glass bottom boat tour for an additional $5 per person, and our kids ages 4 and 9 loved it. Our 9 month old was tired and slept! We asked questions, the tour guides were very knowledgeable! We also enjoyed touring the whole aquarium and fed the sting rays for $3 and got to pet them! We got to touch horse shoe crabs and jellyfish too! Thursday's are feeding days and we got to watch the animals get fed! We loved it!
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clellis2
Gilmanton, New Hampshire
"Vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 12, 2019 NEW
So many fish to see. It was cool to see the fish and turtles swimming above you. The are several other parts to this Aquarium that don't involve just fish
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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.