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.

Festival of Trees - November & December
Start a new family tradition with oceans of holiday fun! Over 100 uniquely decorated Christmas trees.

Planet Jellies Expansion
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.

Exhibits at Ripley's Aquarium Include:
  • Rio Amazon

  • Dangerous Reef

  • Living Gallery

  • Rainbow Rock

  • Systems Control

  • Discovery Center

  • Ray Bay

  • Friendship Flats

  • Planet Jellies

  • Glass Bottom Boats (Additional Cost)

Get in the shark tank and experience the indoor Glass Bottom Boat, the first 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 holds approximately 10 people per tour and launches about every 20 minutes. This exhibit requires a separate ticket available for purchase at Ripley's Aquarium.

Tripster Customer Reviews

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Daniel Doan
salisbury, NC
1 Review
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"A couple hours of fun for the whole family!"
October 2019
Kid and adult friendly. Snacks if you want them. Super fun attractions! Get to touch three different kinds of sea creatures! Also, I really appreciate the Pearl Harbor exhibit. The significance of that history cannot be overstated.
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Tip: Price is high, but discounts for adults and kids do exist.

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Johanne Savoie
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Intéressant même pour des adultes"
October 2019
Visite intéressante et enrichissante. Petits spectacles envoûtants meme pour un adulte. L’exposition sur Pearl Harbor nous informe bien sur cet événement de l’histoire. Il faut compter entre 1.5 et 2 heures pour faire le tour de tout l’Aquarium.
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Tip: Il est important de vérifier les heures des représentations au début de la visite afin de ne rien manquer.

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Timothy W.
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"A yearly thing"
September 2019
Trip was wonderful our daughter loved it and the staff was very nice great atmosphere food was a little pricey and could have more choices
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Tip: Eat before you go and wear winter clothes

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Kelly Nutter
enola, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Ripley's aquarium"
September 2019
Compared to other aquariums we have been too it wasn't anything spectacular. The thing we did love was the tunnel
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Tip: Not worth the full price prior to the coupon

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Joann Saunders
Springfield, VA
1 Review
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"Ripley's Aquarium"
September 2019
While vacationing at Myrtle Beach, during Hurricane Dorian, we were extremely excited to find Ripley's Aquarium open. We purchased tickets from Tripster and saved a little bit of money and found the entry experience with Tripster to be easy. The aquarium, and especially the shark tunnel, was fantastic. Never did we imagine to be able to see and experience up close a large number of shark species and other fish. The "tunnel" was the highlight of the visit. The staff, despite the hurricane, were available, friendly and professional. Highly recommend spending a couple of hours (or longer) at the Ripley's Aquarium.
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Marwan Alsous
Winston Salem , NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
September 2019
its nice to have a place like this
its a mazing clean and great for the whole family
I love it
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Tip: get the ticket online

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Kristen B.
Port Huron , MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Lots to see"
September 2019
My son is 4 and loved coming here! The hands on sections were a favorite (touching stingrays and jelly fish). The shark tunnel thing was also neat. We spent close to 3 hours there. I liked that there was a play area in the concession area.
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Tip: Besides touching the animals, the other extras related to the stingrays are an additional cost.

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James Clark
Conway, SC
1 Review
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"Excelent adventure"
September 2019
Great place to view underwater wildlife
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Reidville, South Carolina
"Very poor policies"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2019 NEW
We attempted to visit aquarium only to have sign put up, while we were in the ticket line at 1 pm, saying they were closing at 3 pm for a private event! What the hell? 2 hours for almost $40? I don’t think so. It’s overpriced to begin with. No discounts for 2 hours. Will never try again
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"Great Fun In Myrtle Beach"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2019 NEW
The grandkids loved this place.We also left for lunch and able to return same day with hand stamp.The kids liked the dive show and the tunnel with the sharks. They also loved the touch tanks and the jellyfish.
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Wilmington, North Carolina
"Worth the visit "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2019 NEW
We go a couple times a year and it’s always worth the visit the staff is always friendly and the kids love hanging out there for a couple hrs.
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Elaine G
East Syracuse
"Excellent aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2019 NEW
What a great place to go! There are several sections to the aquarium but the highlight is the main aquarium. With a moving walkway you are moved through the aquarium and are surrounded by water and multitudes of fish. You can step off the moving walkway if you want to take a closer look and then get back onto continue the adventure. They have a pool with rays that you can feed and pet. It is well worth a visit if you are in the Myrtle Beach area.
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Chicago, Illinois
"Kids will love this place!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 06, 2019 NEW
Spent a few hours here looking at all the fish. I liked that it had several places where the kids or adults could actually touch, feed or pick up the sting rays. They had an area where you could purchase food for $3.00 and feed the sting rays. The employee stays right with the children and helps them with the feeding. Another section had tiny shrimp that can crawl on your hands if you let them. Near the same section you could pick up some type of crab. That was really neat because I was expecting to be picking up anything in an aquarium. Usually it’s just viewing the fish. Very hands on here. The staff was very friendly and they were great with kids. Good experience for the family.
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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.