Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach

I am so happy we were able to squeeze in a stop at Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach while we were there last weekend. Even though I know a lot of people don’t like visiting zoos or aquariums, I love to support them. They do a lot of work for wildlife and sea life conservation which are extremely important causes. You can learn about Ripley’s conservation efforts on their website. 

The first exhibit we visited was the Stingrays touch tank. It caught my eye as soon as we walked in because when we lived in Florida we used to go to Rays baseball games every year and they have a touch tank in the stadium. It was always one of my favorite things to do. I made a beeline for the tank and started slipping my hand into the cool water to touch the rays. 

Visiting Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, SC #travel #aquarium

Visiting Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach, SC

Brandon has always had a really strong interest in sharks so of course, we hit up the shark exhibit next. The majority of our time was spent just standing there staring at the sharks and fish. It was incredibly peaceful and left us awestruck. No matter how many times I see sharks or sea life, I’m always amazed by them. 

Visiting Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, SC #travel #aquarium

Visiting Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, SC #travel #aquarium

Visiting Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach, SC

I wished we had allowed ourselves more time to spend at Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach. There were so many places we wanted to visit that our scheduled ended up a bit crowded. There was so much at the aquarium I wish we could have seen or experienced. We did have time to tour the jellies area and see the upside down jellyfish and other species. 

We also took a tour through the fish area. We missed out on seeing the amphibians and frogs but I have a major fear of frogs so I didn’t mind skipping that one. 😉  Frogs just freak me out for some reason, I’m not sure why.

Visiting Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach, SC

Visiting Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach, SC

Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach also offers glass bottom boat tours so you can see the sharks through the boat floor and they offer Mermaid photo ops so you can have your picture taken with “real” mermaids as a souvenir. 

If you’re in Myrtle Beach I highly recommend setting aside time to go to and enjoy, Ripley’s Aquarium. We visited the Georgia Aquarium when we lived in Atlanta and it’s the largest aquarium in the US. I wasn’t sure how Ripley’s would compare but it was better than expected. We had a great time and would absolutely tour the aquarium again, we’d just be sure to budget more time.

Thank you to Vacation Myrtle Beach for sponsoring our trip to Ripley’s Aquarium

Have you ever been to Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach? 

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  1. I’ve never been to that Ripley’s, but I’ve been to the Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg. It is really nice! However, I must say the Atlanta Aquarium is definitely the best I’ve been to hands down!

  2. I love aquariums! It’s been forever since I’ve been to Myrtle Beach and I don’t think I ever went to this one, but we have a big aquarium here in SLC and I think it’s so cool!

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