Plan Your Visit to Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

If you’re looking to escape the routine and dive into a world of aquatic wonder, Myrtle Beach is the perfect destination. With an array of attractions, including sandy shores and stunning Myrtle Beach rentals, it’s an ideal getaway. Ripley’s Aquarium stands out as a must-visit among the top things to do in Myrtle Beach. 

Whether you’re staying in one of our cozy Myrtle Beach condo rentals or a comfortable North Myrtle Beach condo rental, Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach is centrally located and offers an immersive experience that is fun for the whole family!

Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach

In the bustling Broadway at the Beach complex, Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach is a haven for those wanting a slice of the ocean without getting wet. Families visiting the sandy shores of Myrtle Beach often seek refuge in this marine sanctuary, especially when the weather doesn’t favor beach activities.

Ripley’s Aquarium tunnel
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Dangerous Reef

Perhaps the crown jewel of the aquarium, the Dangerous Reef offers an immersive 340-foot underwater tunnel experience. Imagine standing on a moving glide path encased in a 750,000-gallon tank bustling with sharks, majestic sea turtles, lurking green moray eels, and playful tarpons. This tunnel isn’t just an exhibit; it’s a surreal underwater adventure.

Rio Amazon & Living Gallery

Beyond the massive tank, the aquarium branches into specific themes. The Rio Amazon echoes tropical rainforests’ humid, dense atmosphere with its rich collection of species. Meanwhile, the Living Gallery is an artist’s paradise with vibrant corals, fascinating weedy sea dragons, and a sprawling giant octopus waiting to greet you.

Penguin Encounter

This delightful experience is tailored for those who fancy our tuxedo-wearing friends. The encounter comes in two versions:

VIP Penguin Experience: You get a comprehensive 30-minute learning session, a tactile experience with a penguin, and a unique Penguin Painting Experience where you assist in creating an 8×10 penguin artwork.

Regular Penguin Encounter includes a 30-minute encounter with a 15% discount for Annual Passholders. Participants still get to touch a penguin and learn from the knowledgeable staff. Remember, the encounter does not include general admission to the aquarium.

Both experiences cater to a maximum of ten people. Those aged four and above can partake, but children eight and under need an accompanying adult. Do remember to check in 20 minutes before your scheduled slot.

The New Penguin Habitat

Marking the most significant expansion in Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach’s two-decade legacy, this 5,500-square-foot marvel hosts the Ocean Wonders gallery with eight all-new tanks. The spotlight, however, is on the world-class penguin habitat, featuring an extensive viewing glass and an immersive 360-degree crawl tunnel. Don’t miss the penguin nursery!

Sloth Encounter

Dive into the tropical ambiance with a new Sloth Encounter. Here, you’ll meet Rico and Cleo, the two-toed sloths, and learn about the workings of the Aquarium. The encounter lasts roughly 45 minutes.

Stingray Experience

Dive into Friendship Flats and Ray Bay, accompanied by a seasoned Ripley’s Diver. Touch, feed, and snorkel with the magnificent stingrays. Suitable for those aged six and up, the experience is a 30-minute immersive dive into the world of rays.

Glass Bottom Boat Adventure

This unique North American experience offers an unparalleled view of the Dangerous Reef. Only a three-inch thick glass separates you from the sharks, sawfish, and over 8,500 aquatic creatures. The boats launch every half an hour, starting from 10:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m.

Plan Your Visit

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Live Shows

One of the many highlights of Ripley’s Aquarium is its dynamic lineup of live shows designed to entertain and educate visitors of all ages. If you plan on visiting, getting acquainted with the daily show schedule is imperative. However, it’s good to remember that showtimes can change based on the season and operating hours. Expect some later shows if you’re lucky enough to be around during extended hours!

For fans of mythical sea creatures, the Mermaid Shows are a must-see. Enjoy the personal touch of a Mermaid Meet and Greet on Fridays through Sundays. Or, you can catch the captivating Mermaid Dive Show in Ray Bay.

For our penguin enthusiasts, don’t miss out on the Penguin Feedings held daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. If you fancy watching these charming birds shuffle around, the Penguin Parades occur daily at 1:30 p.m.

The thrill-seekers might want to schedule their visit around the Shark Feedings on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. It’s a fascinating spectacle that offers insight into the world of these apex marine predators.

In a more laid-back setting, learn about the life of a sloth during the Sloth Feeding times, which are held daily at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

For those fond of vibrant marine life, the Rainbow Rock Dive Shows provide a daily visual treat at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Lastly, the Animal Ambassador sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. are not to be missed. These sessions provide a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the aquarium’s most intriguing inhabitants.

Location and Hours

Located at 1110 Celebrity Circle, Ripley’s Aquarium is an addition to any vacation itinerary. When planning your visit, be informed of the operational hours to make the most of your trip. Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach operates daily from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., with the last ticket sold an hour before closing.

Often a concern for many visitors, parking here is hassle-free. Free parking spaces are available right next to the Aquarium. And for those times when the adjacent lot might be occupied, numerous alternatives ensure you have a place to park. There’s also a thoughtful provision of a few wheelchair-accessible parking spaces, ensuring everyone has a convenient experience. 

Where To Stay in Myrtle Beach

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