Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

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Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Glide on 330ft moving path beneath the Dangerous Reef! TOUCH sharks, stingrays, hermit crabs & jellies! Experience a world of eels, colorful fish, mermaids & poisonous predators! NOW OPEN - PEARL HARBOR EXHIBIT! Ripley's Myrtle Beach offers 5 unique attractions open 365 days a year. Don't miss all the fun!
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GregK1239
Contoocook, NH129 contributions
Apr 2022
We went here on a recent trip to Myrtle Beach and myself and my kids were all overwhelmed. I will admit that it is neat to see, especially the tunnel under the water, but for the price of admission, there should be more to see and do. For 2/3 the price, this place would be worth the 4 or 5 stars, but for what you pay, it isn't worth it. My kids were bored fairly quickly.

The one big negative was the big digital signs advertising "Live Mermaid Shows" out front. When we went it, there was another digital sign advertising "Live Mermaid Shows" with three different show times, the first show being at 12. Around noon, about 50 people were gathered where the Mermaid Show said it would take place. Everyone was waiting, and finally at 12:15 I went and asked the front desk and the lady said shows only happen Friday-Sunday, not on the day of the week we were there. I told her their advertising was misleading and apparently a lot of people were confused by it by the number of people waiting to see the show, but she didn't apologize or seem to care.
Written April 30, 2022
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Kathy
Chapin, SC87 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
The aquarium was really delightful! I wasn’t anticipating anything special in a touristy area. The size of the building doesn’t seem like it would house as much as it has for exhibits.

I’d say it’s the perfect amount of things to see. I didn’t feel underfed after we left or like we walked a marathon!

The shark tunnel was very cool and not one but several decent size sharks to see. The backlit jellyfish exhibit was entrancing (see my pics). The piranha tank and other absolutely scary toxic or dangerous fish are neat to see so close (even for teenagers). Stingrays touch tank was also something they enjoys as well.

I tell you as an adult there is a new appreciation for any public bathroom that smells like oranges and lemons not urine!

We were there quite late in the day. I looked on my pictures to be specific 6:50 to 8:00 pm

I enjoyed the lack of crowds this time of day. We missed out on a bit from it in trade.

Manta tank was out of food for the day
Concession carts closed because we went late (oops)
The glass bottom wasn’t running or we were late?
The jelly fish pet tank (lol yes there was a touch tank for that! Ha ha!) was closed.

I still give this place maximum stars or votes. I’d go again in a few years, or with someone who hasn’t been sooner.

Keep it up! See you again
Written April 18, 2022
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Andrew K
27 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
We've visited the aquarium approximately 3 times over about 15 years. This was the first time visiting with our 3 year old son and the rest of my family. I understand things get more expensive over the years but 35.00 per adult is just ridiculous for the size of the aquarium. Honestly not Much has changed with the aquarium, we noticed that that Jellyfish exhibits were expanded but I believe the place could use a fresh coat of paint and some updating to some of the other exhibits. The draw is obviously the shark tunnel which is always great to see and the penguin exhibit was a hit with our family. We visited mid April 2021 and I'll just say if you're the least bit afraid of Covid, don't bother going. My family already had covid and we weren't bothered by the crowds...during out visit there were crowds of people throughout the aquarium. For some reason they had Luke Skywalker's original lightsaber on display and as a star wars fan that was cool to see but a little strange for an aquarium. Unfortunately the one hands on experienced was still closed which was a bummer, but feeding the sting rays is still optional and I highly recommend it. In my opinion don't waste your money on any of the "bundles" with other experiences. If you want to go to the aquarium, find one of the coupon books save a few bucks and have a good time. In addition, the gift shop had very reasonably priced items if you're looking for souvenirs.
Written April 25, 2021
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JungleTip
Myrtle Beach, SC247 contributions
Dec 2021
First, Ripley's Aquarium is simply better than most other aquariums anywhere. The tunnel, the longest. Tremendous. The store is great as well. Yet, the Festival of the Trees is where Ripley's puts up 50 trees for each state plus a few others. The give you a sheet to figure out which tree goes with what saying. Problem is our entire group got tired of searching for the trees and gave up. Nice but the trees were hidden everywhere: tucked in corners, in the dark, in the snack areas, just lost interest. There needs to be more interactivity with maybe a bit of a technology connection. Right now, Ripley's is just a Christmas sideshow. These few things, along with making some incentive ($5 off) could make the festival a "not to be missed" event.
Written January 2, 2022
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Karen D
Pittsburgh, PA14 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Overpriced. For the money I assumed there would be a lot more to see. Our zoo costs less and has an aquarium that is nicer included in the price. Stood in line for a long time to see the sharks. There were a ton of people inside so there was barely any place to move and if you got close enough to see something you were quickly moved forward. I would not spend the money on this again!
Written July 3, 2021
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kldj13
Boone, NC389 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
A great variety of exhibits and animals; just be prepared to dig deep into your pockets just to get in the door. And deeper still if you want to experience additional attractions. Our kids loved the shark tunnel the best. And it was neat that it was still decorated for Christmas with trees representative of states. They also loved touching the stingrays.
Written December 29, 2020
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jldebruhl
Greenwood, IN30 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
A great experience, especially on a rainy day! Lots to see- we actually went through twice. The shark tunnel is absolutely amazing and the animals are much closer to you than a regular zoo or aquarium. We bought the pass with 4 additional Ripley attractions and it was well worth it.
Written April 5, 2022
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Jen T
Louisa, VA7 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
If I could give this a 0 I would. It's not worth the money at this location, a lot smaller than the one in Gatlinburg and seems all they care about is packing the people in. Was a long line to get to the shark tunnel. Had to walk down to temporary exhibit and back to large area with one tank and wait for people in front to move. The moving walkway was not working so people just kept standing not moving on to give others a chance to enter tunnel. Never saw the turtle. Penguins were very disappointing, just all standing in one area not doing anything. At the Gatlinburg location there is an area you can walk outside to view the Penguins swimming. Seemed like there were hardly any fish to see. Very small viewing area of sting rays. Definitely not worth the money to go. Save your money go on a dolphin watching trip or something, probably see a lot more sea life with less crowd.
Written June 23, 2021
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William W
St. Petersburg, FL1,065 contributions
Apr 2022
We have visited many aquariums across the USA. While this one is not as large as a lot of the other ones, we found many interesting tanks displaying ocean life species that we had never seen before.

Each exhibit allowed you close up viewing and all the tanks were immaculate.

They do have a lot of extra charge items such as Breakfast with a Mermaid, Picture with a Mermaid, Bottom Glass Boat ride, etc. Don't waste your money.

The Glass Bottom Boat ride is a joke as the boat floats over the same tanks that you can view for free by going through the Shark Tunnel. We highly recommend the tunnel and was surprised at how long it is giving you plenty of opportunities to view the different sharks along with other sea life. We enjoyed it more than the one at Sea World in Orlando.

Overall, a great way to spend a few hours. Look for a $2 off coupon in the small sized Myrtle Beach guide which most hotels should have.
Written April 25, 2022
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Debra B
11 contributions
Jun 2022
My husband and I visited Ripley's Aquarium a few days ago. We were last there approximately five years ago, and it is pretty much the same. The lines moved along quickly, and for the most part, it was a good experience. I do, however, feel that the admission price is a bit steep for this experience. We paid $68.78 for the two of us and were inside for approximately one hour. I believe families with young children will enjoy this aquarium - just be prepared to pay.
Written June 18, 2022
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