Coastal South Carolina USA

Ripley's Aquarium

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1110 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: +1-800-734-8888 (US TOLL FREE)

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Our mission is to provide a top quality, world-class, marine life facility that will foster environmental education, conservation, and research, while simultaneously providing entertainment for visitors of all ages.

Ripley's® Aquarium is a $40 million, state-of-the-art, 87,000 square-foot aquarium experience, located at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is South Carolina's most visited attraction, where guests are entertained by some of the world's most beautiful, fascinating and dangerous aquatic life.

Visitors are surrounded on all sides by menacing giant sharks as they travel through Dangerous Reef, a 750,000 gallon tank, on a 330-foot moving glidepath. Other spectacular features at Ripley's® Aquarium include Ray Bay, highlighting a variety of rays from multiple viewing levels and Friendship Flats, where guests touch Atlantic rays, Southern rays, Cow-Nose rays, Spotted Eagle rays and Bonnet-Head sharks. Rainbow Rock offers a stunning view of thousands of brilliantly colored Pacific fishes from Hawaii, Australia and the Indian Ocean through an acrylic window the size of two movie screens.


Frommer's Review

This is the most visited attraction in South Carolina, and deservedly so. Located in Broadway at the Beach, this aquarium -- one of the greatest in America -- was built at a cost of $40 million and is maintained in state-of-the-art condition. Visitors are surrounded on all sides by menacing 10-foot sharks as they travel through Dangerous Reef, a 750,000-gallon tank. The question always asked is why don't these monsters gobble up the other fish in the tank. The answer: They're so well fed they don't bother. Most of the habitats in the various holding tanks are saltwater. The only freshwater exhibit is of the Rio Amazon, displaying fearsome piranhas, Aruana and Pacu. You can spend at least 4 hours here, enjoying such pleasures as Rainbow Rock, with its view of thousands of brilliantly colored fish from the Pacific. Children are drawn to the Sea-for-Yourself Discovery Center, an interactive, multimedia playground. Dive shows and marine education sessions are presented hourly.