Review: Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

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If you are looking for things to do in the Myrtle Beach area, you should certainly consider a trip to Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach at Broadway on the Beach. This two-story attraction includes multiple touch tanks, a shark tunnel, and lots of fish, jellies, frogs, and more to watch and learn about. Here’s what you need to know for your visit:

Thank you to Visit Myrtle Beach and Ripley’s Aquarium for hosting us for this review. To read all about our adventures at Myrtle Beach, see our Spring Break Itinerary for Myrtle Beach.

I’ve actually been to at least 5 other aquariums, two of which were outside the US. I was pleased to find that the Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach was very clean and brightly decorated, had several significant exhibits such as the shark tunnel and tank and that the hands-on exhibits were all in working order.

Boy looking at fish in a tank.

The exhibits at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach include:

Ray Bay: This sting-ray exhibit has a full tank where you can watch divers in the tank at showtimes but the tank also has a shallow area that allows you to touch the stingrays. These stingrays are really large and it’s fascinating to watch them up close.

Rays in a touch tank

Dangerous Reef: A large shark tunnel and tank with a number of interesting fish.

A large shark tunnel and tank with a number of interesting fish

Rio Amazon: A rainforest themed exhibit with piranhas, poisonous dart-frogs, and more.

Rainbow Rock: Colorful exhibit of fish and animals from the Indo-Pacific including Clownfish, Clown Trigger-fish, and Emperor Angelfish.

Living Gallery: This exhibit includes some of the ocean’s most beautiful creatures such as seahorses, jellies, and octopuses. You could even touch moon jellies in a touch tank.

Interior of the aquarium looking towards Planet Jellies exhibit

Other features at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach:

There was a small playground and food court available. The playground was more suited for small children and provided a nice break.

One of the exhibits Systems Control allows you to see the pipes, pumps, and filters behind the scenes that keep all the tanks running smoothly.

You can pay an additional fee to ride the Glass Bottom Boat across a coral reef for a close look at the shark tank.

The aquarium also offers shark diving and swimming with stingray adventures for a fee.

Be sure to check online before your visit to find out what shows are going on that day. You can even see a Mermaid show on the weekends.

About Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

1110 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Phone Number:  800.734.8888


Prices are $6.99 for kids 2-5; $16.99 for kids 6-11; and $25.99 for adults if you purchase online. Purchasing online also allows you to skip the long ticket booth lines. (Note: prices may change, please check the website for current deals).

You can also purchase a Ripley’s bundle and save money if you want to also visit additional Ripley’s Attractions during your trip to Myrtle Beach.

Have you ever been to Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach? What did you think?

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