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.

Reserve Myrtle Beach Customer Reviews

588 Reviews
Calvin M.
New Bern, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"They, also, had fish!"
January, 2019 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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
Verified Traveler
"Very nice"
January, 2019 NEW
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
Verified Traveler
"Ripley Aquarium"
January, 2019 NEW
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
Verified Traveler
"A “Must See” attraction"
January, 2019 NEW
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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Barbara A Sanders
Pelzer, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
December, 2018 NEW
I went to Ripley’s Aquarium 30 years ago and have wanted to go back—well, on Christmas Day I got my wish!!! It’s such a magical place! Close up viewing of sharks, sea turtles, saw fish, sea horses and the list goes on! Pictures through the glass turn out perfectly! The shark tunnel is my favorite! The personnel are friendly and helpful. There are places to pet jelly fish and the ray pool! All accesssable by ramps and a moving side walk! The gift shop has gifts for the budget seakers as well as high end gifts. Children and those that love the ocean (I’m a 70 year old child! Lol!) will love this place!!! I sure do! Don’t miss it-it’s fantastic!
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Tip: It’s a wonderful affordable entertainment as well as educational! Dress comfortably and don’t miss this place!

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Lynn W.
Newport, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
December, 2018 NEW
The aquarium was much better than anticipated and we had a great time. Especially loved the glass bottom boat!
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Tip: Staff was very friendly and prices are reasonable, especially when doing combo attractions

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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"Great Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
Ripley's Aquarium is always a great visit. We have been going there as a family for years. We did the "Swim with the Rays" Experience recently and it was great. Our host Rick did an amazing job with the tour and taking care of our needs for the experience including great photos. Our diver Madison did an incredible job of giving us an awesome experience in the tank.
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"It was okay..."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
I thought that it was a little small for the price... It didn't take long to tour the entire facility. The Shark Tunnel was really cool as well as being ably to pet a Moon Jellyfish. Great way to get out of the rain or to stay cool from the heat.
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Charleston, South Carolina
"Stingray Encounter was Worth every penny!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2019 NEW
We have been to several “animal encounters” at various zoos & aquariums, but swimming with the rays at Ripleys Aquarium was definitely the most affordable. So going into it, I wasn’t expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised! Our guide Rick, was great with the kids answering every rapid-fire question they threw at him. He was extremely easy going and knowledgeable. He took us on a behind the scenes tour of the aquarium, which both the kids and adults found fascinating. Then we got into dive skins to meet the rays, and headed to “Ray Bay”. We had our own diver to assist us with everything. (I didn’t catch her name, because everything was so eventful once we got in the water). The diver fed the rays, while we knelt in the water so we could pet them. IThen we got to snorkeling! We saw rays and sharks, all while our guide photographed us. The kids had a blast, we ended up with great photos and souvenir T-shirt for each person in our group. An amazing experience!
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
"Fun for all ages"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2019 NEW
From the minute you enter the aquarium your senses are elevated. From frogs, to seahorses to sharks and turtles, you'll love this place.
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Melfort, Canada
"Loved it!! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 10, 2019 NEW
We went first thing in the morning. January is very quiet and no lineups though they were doing some maintenance throughout. Looks like penguins are coming!!! It was very enjoyable!! We all loved touching the sting rays, the jelly fish exhibit and the sharks!! Highly recommend...the more Ripley’s attractions you go to, the better the price/savings. I would recommend the aquarium & odditorium!
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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.