Ripley’s Aquarium borders the Atlantic Ocean and is known for its vaulted underwater walkways, large tanks filled with colorful sea creatures, and live shark-feeding shows. Set in the Broadway-at-the-Beach shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, the aquarium features exhibits for visitors of all ages.
Explore the Dangerous Reef, home to sharks, tarpons, grunts, and other sharp-toothed predators, on a 340-foot (104-meter) moving walkway through an acrylic shark tunnel; see the piranha at the Rio Amazon exhibit; gaze at octopus, lionfish, and other poisonous predators in the Living Gallery; or watch as manta rays swim alongside other aquatic animals in the Ray Bay.
Purchase tickets ahead of time to save hard-earned vacation time. Upgrades, including an indoor glass-bottom boat tour and behind-the-scenes tour, are also available.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Ripley’s aquarium is a must-see for families with kids.
- Tickets are good all day, so you can come and go at your leisure.
- The aquarium is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, which are both available to rent at guest services.
How to Get There
Ripley’s Aquarium is located in South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach area, in the Broadway-at-the-Beach complex. To get there via public transportation, take bus C10 right to the aquarium or bus C21 to the Broadway at the Beach Visitor Center. Free parking is available at the aquarium.
When to Get There
The aquarium is open year-round, as is the wider Broadway at the Beach area. Myrtle Beach has mild winters and hot, humid summers, so plan your visit accordingly.
Once you’ve had your fill of marine life, explore the larger Broadway at the Beach complex. The walkable outdoor entertainment area features an array of entertainment options, amusement-park-style rides, shops, and restaurants.