- Address: 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Open holidays
- Phone: (843) 916-0888
- Website: ripleyaquariums.com
Ratings are a composite average all user-submitted reviews. Read the reviews or leave your own by clicking here.
Here’s a quick look at some of this place’s key features:
Is there free parking on site?
Can I buy tickets online?
Is this place kid-friendly?
Are they open in the offseason?
Is there a restaurant or snack bar?
About Ripley’s Aquarium
Explore the world under the sea at Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach at Broadway at the Beach.
The aquarium offers the perfect respite for a rainy day in Myrtle Beach, with an amazing 1.4 million gallon aquarium that features 12-foot sharks and over 10,000 exotic sea creatures.
Even if the weather is typical of a Myrtle Beach summer day with temperatures soaring under a bright sun, families can glide along the 33-foot moving path under the shark tank, soaking up educational fun in comfortable air conditioning for an underwater experience unlike any other.
Ripley’s Aquarium has a host of fun and eye-catching displays, from a walk through the tropics to learning how the tanks are built and run.
The aquarium has more than 190 miles of electrical wiring, and the acrylic windows in the Coral Reef exhibit is over 4 inches think to withstand the water pressure. A single pane of glass is over 7 tons.
The Rio Amazon display has colorful fish species sure to amaze children and adults alike, and families will ooh and ahh at the sight of Piranhas as the glide through the water with their sharp teeth exposed. You can also check out one of the largest fresh water fish in the world, the Arapaima or Pirarucu.
Size doesn’t matter when it comes to deadly, however, which families will learn when they take in the exhibits of the poison dart frog of South America.
From there venture to Rainbow Rock, where you will experience the full color spectrum with the beautiful tropical fish of the Pacific Ocean gliding through the water of the underwater reef. Live dive shows with feeding are also held throughout the day, and kids will exclaim as they see the Clownfish famous from “Finding Nemo” right before their noses.
Take the powered walkway or stroll at your leisure under the shark tank, which has sand tiger sharks, nurse sharks, sandbar sharks, eels, sea turtles, tarpons, the monstrous looking but docile sawfish and more.
Get a one-of-a-kind personal experience with nature by holding horseshoe crabs and petting sting rays, which is always popular with the children. Watch the wonder in their eyes as the jellyfish glow while seemingly flying through the water and puffer fish go from skinny to fat in the blink of an eye.
Ripley’s Aquarium also features sleepover nights where children can spend the night with the sharks, with loads of activities and fun to make the evening memorable for a lifetime.
The popular Myrtle Beach attraction also has a gift shop and cafe for those who want to grab lunch while taking in the wonders of the ocean.
Ripley’s Aquarium is a Best of the Beach winner for Best Rainy Day Amusement by readers of The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach area’s only daily newspaper. It also was awarded the 2013 certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor.
Families visiting Ripley’s Aquarium can make a whole day out of one short car drive from their oceanfront hotel, because the attraction is at Broadway at the Beach.
Broadway at the Beach is one of the top tourist attractions in South Carolina, offering shopping, entertainment, restaurants, amusements and more built around a lake for a fishing wharf feel.
Experience life under the sea on your Myrtle Beach family vacation, and tout your experience petting the sting rays when you go home.
Leave a Review
Tell us what you thought of the value (bang for your buck), service (friendliness/attention of staff), quality (the level of food or fun) and overall experience of this place:
A Verified Reviewer is a user who has connected a social network with our site, providing an added level of transparency and trust.
Allison Geis submitted the review on: