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

662 Reviews
Kelly Nutter
enola, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Ripley's aquarium"
September 2019 NEW
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
Verified Traveler
"Ripley's Aquarium"
September 2019 NEW
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
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"exellent"
September 2019 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
Great place to view underwater wildlife
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LaVelvet Harrison
Ann Arbor, MI
1 Review
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"Sharktales"
September 2019 NEW
The kids LOVE this aquarium. We were here in 2018 and they were excited to return this year. The moving walkway is a hit and pictures with the mermaid is the icing on the cake
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Tiffany Chambers
Cumberland, MD
1 Review
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"Family fun"
September 2019 NEW
Our family of 5 enjoyed the aquarium with some other family member celebrating my 1 year olds birthday. I hadn't been there in a few years, they have made some kid friendly changes & are making more changes for next year (penguins?) we will be visiting again next year!!
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Tip: Snacks are pricey, eat before or after you go!

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Christine B.
Woodbine, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great aquarium for little kids!"
September 2019 NEW
We had a great experience using tripster to purchase tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. You just take your voucher to Customer Service, no waiting in line. They take your electronic voucher and turn them into tickets. The aquarium was great for our 3 year old. Probably even better for kids a little older. Kids can touch horseshoe crabs and jelly fish! Very cool Pearl Harbor exhibit as well!
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Tip: Go straight to Customer Service with your voucher. Don’t wait in the ticket line.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Kswett
"Not worth the $32"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
Really disappointed, a lot of the exhibits weren’t open, no direction, signs could’ve been more clear. The shark tunnel was however our favorite part of the whole thing. The moving aisle was cool too.
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Jedi1973
Martinsville, Virginia
"under the sea"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
the glass tunnel is beautiful. While there are plenty of other displays, this is the main event and the only part of the aquarium that you will remember. Lots of extras you can purchase once inside. I think the cost of admission is a bit high for what it is
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J5918YTdianeh
"Disappointed "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2019 NEW
We went to aquarium for my grandchildren during our vacation they didn’t have all exhibits open the day we went. Tickets were not discounted for not having everything open which I find is a ripoff. I remember bring my children to this aquarium when they were small I don’t believe they update it at all.
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Corkals
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
"Cute but small"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2019 NEW
Great little aquarium, and you can tell the animals are well taken care off. But for the price you pay, it’s a little to expensive for how small it is.
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Donna H
"It was great!!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2019 NEW
Enjoyed seeing all the fish, frogs, crabs, octopus, and mermaids. I like that you just move around on your own to see everything. It was fun for 2 older adults.
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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.