Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 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!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • vacatraveler12
    Greensboro, North Carolina161 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little pricy but worth it. Great memories!
    A great aquarium with lots to see and do. Was nice and cool on a hot day. A little pricy at nearly $40/person but it’s the beach and vacation so that’s expected. The kids had a great time. We don’t live near the ocean so they really learned a lot about sea life. The moving platform under the main aquarium to see all the fish was pretty cool.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 23, 2023
  • jimoakley
    43 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    OK
    Interesting place for grandkids to see sea life up close, had a lot of different species of marine life and some big sharks and turtles. We road the glass bottom boat which i thought was pricey for what it was, just a top down view of what you see from the tunnel underneath. The moving sidewalk was not working so the tunnel was crowded with people stopping to loo, thee penguin parade was a joke, but exibit was pretty good. I think the kids (4 and7) enjoyed it.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 25, 2023
  • truman111
    Charleston, West Virginia34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A MUST DO
    We went here on a Friday morning when they were just opening. Wasn’t much people in line. My party had 2 teen girls and 1 preteen girl. We all loved the aquarium so much that if we are ever back we will do it again. Feeding the sting rays was a hit with all three girls. This became their favorite part of the whole trip! The animals are awesome and what staff we encountered was amazing. Good for ALL ages!!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 2, 2023
  • Angelize1999
    Finger Lakes, New York466 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best ever
    I have been to many aquariums all over the Eastern coast. By far this is the most amazing aquarium I have ever been to. The moving sidewalk was fun as you could just watch all of the ocean animals around you. I have never seen a swordfish before! All of the different sharks were very cool to see. We felt like everything was clean and there was plenty to do. My son loves stingrays and this was the first time he was able to feed them so he really had a good time. I definitely felt like it was worth the money! I would visit this location again when in the area next time.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Robert W
    Naples, Florida154 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Toy Store with fish
    My husband and I are senior citizens and have visited aquariums all over the US. This aquarium, we felt, was a toy store with fish. I felt sorry for the young couples with children, they were overwhelmed with places to buy food, candy, stuffed anything. It was completely out of control and took away from the enjoyment of seeing the exhibits. We were in and out within an hour and we did stop to read each exhibit. And at $39.99 a person, wasn’t worth the trip.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Shades4Beer
    Canton, Georgia7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Cute Aquarium!
    Okay, so I love a good aquarium and this one did not disappoint. This is a modest aquarium with a very easy layout where you and the family can do everything in a morning or afternoon outside of paid activities such as the glass floor boat. To put it simply, you and your family will have a good time walking around, taking pictures, seeing different sea life and mammals like the sloths. Five stars, for me, would have included more engaging activities “in-between” the different sections of the aquarium. For instance, maybe Ripley’s could have a local educator giving talks about the animals in different sections or a sip-and-see for parents to have a beverage while walking. A sort of Disney approach to their attractions beyond what is inside the glass tanks. We could have shopped and wandered all day if there were more elements.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • PickyTraveler714
    87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    One of our better activities during our time in Myrtle Beach. Several aspects of the aquarium are absolutely terrific: the shark tunnel is especially spectacular, with the enormous sharks, sawfish and rays swimming all around and overhead. Although the glass-bottom boat doesn't travel very far, it gives a fine view of the sealife directly below, and the information provided during the tour is terrific. Being able to touch/stroke/pet/whatever the swimming rays was also especially enjoyable (they are SO soft). Several of the nearby exhibits are wonderfully informative, too; I especially liked the one on life as a pirate, arrrgh.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 4, 2023
  • leeharkins1
    Simpsonville, South Carolina6 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good but could be better
    After standing in the rain to buy tickets for 30 minutes. we had to get in line for another 45 minutes to enter the building. Upon entering it was obvious the sole reason for the delay was because they were trying to force everyone into the photo booth for 'souvenir' photos. Afterwards trying to locate different shows or times for performances was near impossible. Other than asking staff for show times etc, the only option was to download an app that didnt work. My grandson and I wondered around and made the best of it all, but I cant see us ever going back. I rated it a three only because he enjoyed parts of it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Carlan B
    Moline, Illinois13 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ripley's Aquarium a Fun place to visit with kids but overpriced.
    This is a fun place for kids, but very overpriced for what you see. Many exhibits were good and yet not worth the high price. They promoted the Slouth exhibit, but the only slouth to be seen was in a tree sleeping and others nowhere to be found: so why the big promotion for it? Kids liked the Mermaid show.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Phyllis S
    Surprise, Arizona133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Aquarium
    This is a very nice aquarium with a lot of various sea life. Unfortunately, the day we went was extremely crowded and the flow of the aquarium made it difficult to get through. Several rooms dead end and you have to go against the flow of the crowd to get out. Having said that the aquarium is very nice. To exit you have to wind through the gift shop which was also very difficult to do because of the crowds.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
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angelavacay
Elkton, VA68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This place was very interesting as well as educational. It had lots of cool photo opportunities inside and of course a large array of neat sea creatures. The area is quite spacious inside, but I thought they would limit the number of people that are allowed inside at one time considering MB has such a high rate of coronavirus cases. They spaced visitors 6 feet apart while waiting to enter, but once inside, people were absolutely running everywhere in every direction, and it was PACKED. We didn't feel safe and only stayed about 30 minutes before leaving. It's a steep price for such a short visit. Yes, it was my choice to go and I'd definitely visit again...but not during a pandemic unless I knew better precautions were taken to avoid excessive crowding.
Written October 4, 2020
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Jonathan H
Rock Hill, SC48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
My family and I enjoyed the aquarium. We visited early at 9:30 am. There was no line. The staff were constantly cleaning all surfaces. They offered a teacher discount (with id) the three of us got our tickets for less than the price of one typical adult ticket. You cannot get teacher discounts online. You must purchase the tickets on site from a person working. This was a lot of fun and would be a great experience for all ages!
Written July 2, 2020
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Karen D
Pittsburgh, PA14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Bob L
Hanover, PA377 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
My daughter really wanted to see the penguin exhibit so we decided to go right before a tropical storm hit. The line outside was confusing with painted sharks on sidewalk meaning different things. The mandatory mask wearing inside was a hassle and of course not everyone did wear them also. The penguin and the shark tunnel were the highlights, but the rest was pretty much the usual aquarium sights. For the price I would expect way more or better yet just lower the prices!
Written August 6, 2020
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Chris N Kristi W
Lebanon, OH37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We had a fun time at the Aquarium with our teenagers. Yes, you have to wear masks but it’s much better wearing them inside in the a.c. than outside in the humid heat. The shark tunnel was the highlight. Absolutely breathtaking. We even got to touch stingrays! They had hand sanitizer stations everywhere as well. Most patrons did their best to social distance but some of the young ones got excited and didn’t get the whole “6 feet distance” from each party. My boys are teenagers and I am a former teacher, so I totally understood. We just took our time and yielded as we needed to give families with little ones the right of way. It gives you more time to read the signs and learn even more while you wait.
Written July 27, 2020
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GregK1239
Contoocook, NH148 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Jen T
Louisa, VA7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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freebirdVT
Wells, VT318 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Compared to other aquariums, this one is small. It didn’t disappoint with hands on stingrays and horseshoe crabs. The highlight for my kids was the mermaid show and meeting the mermaids after the show. The walk through tubes gave a wonderful view of the sharks and the smaller displays had us mesmerized. The jellyfish photo bubbles had my 2 year old standing there to see his photo reappear.
It was fun. Food court was way overpriced, but the kids enjoyed the play structure in that area.
Written February 9, 2020
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Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to share this 4 bubble review. We are glad to hear that your family enjoyed the visit and we hope that you will come back to see us again!
Written February 11, 2020
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Dale H
Eldersburg, MD4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
COVID-19 conscience with signs everywhere reminding people about social distancing and sanitizer stations everywhere. Great layout and variety of aquatic life. We enjoyed this aquarium and we are from a city with one of the best aquariums in the US. It DID lack outside larger fish/aquatic animals however for the price, it's worth the visit.
Written August 21, 2020
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NinjaTwins2013
Sumter, SC88 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Family
We paid $150 for a family of 5 to spend an hour walking through the aquarium. Many of the exhibits were closed due to Covid-19 yet the admission price didn’t appear to be reduced. It’s a neat aquarium but completely overpriced for what it delivers!
Written May 27, 2020
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