Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was such a blast! My boys, ages 8 and 5 were so excited as they walked through the front doors and were able to see everything that they could explore inside.
We visited the aquarium in November during their festival of trees so everything was beautifully decorated for Christmas. Each state was represented by a Christmas tree that contained interesting facts about the state and decorated to represent that state. I loved it and the boys had fun searching for our state Christmas tree.
My youngest really enjoyed the area located just before the Rio Amazon that is geared for the littler ones. It had a climbing wall called the Crab Crawl, The Glow Fish wall where kids can make a huge Light Bright creation, a slide and a lot of neat learning centers. We could have spent hours in just that room but my oldest saw the huge fish in The Rio Amazon exhibit and he had to visit and then read all about it.
Next, we visited the lower level of the Aquarium. A few of the exhibits on this level were the Discovery Center/touch tank, the Dangerous Reef, Systems Control and the Living Gallery. The touch tank was amazing. There were lots of creatures to touch and the touch tank guide was very patient with each guest and kindly answered all questions that were asked of them. My oldest really liked this exhibit because he was able to pick up the horseshoe crab in the touch tank to see how it moved its legs under its shell. Then, once everything had been touched, we explored the Dangerous Reef. Here we were able to see all kinds of fish, sharks, eels, and all sorts of interesting marine life. I must say that this was one of the better underwater shark exhibits that I have visited. I was very impressed. As we walked out of the Dangerous Reef exhibit, the Systems Control area caught my husband’s eye. This exhibit showed guests how the Aquarium keeps everything running and how they keep the fish safe. My husband read all of the behind the scenes factoids while my kids played on the pirate ship and inside of the mouth of the huge fish located on the lower level.
As we started to make our way out of the lower level/Discovery Center we walked through the Living Gallery with its octopus exhibit that really caught our attention. Then we encountered Ray Bay with it’s huge stingrays. This was such a relaxing and beautiful exhibit. I could have enjoyed the beauty and serenity of this exhibit for quite some time but my boys really wanted to see the frogs and the lizards so we made our way to the Frogs and Lizards Ramp. My oldest was excited about all of the frogs as he had been reading a book regarding them so to see them in real life was such a treat. He told me about what he had already learned concerning each one and then learned some more as he read about them at each stop along the ramp. Finally, we reached friendship flats where we were able to touch the giant sting rays. It was a lot of fun. Oh, but before we left we were able to watch a feeding at Rainbow Rock. My boys loved watching the diver go down into the tank, feed the fish and blow bubbles while they listened to the narrator talk about what the diver was doing. At the end of the feeding the narrator answered questions from the audience and was very patient and kind in her responses.
We had such a great time at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was so much fun and very educational. Everyone in my family was entertained and learned something from the experience. You’ve got to experience it.
Prices start at $4.99 for children 2-5 and go up to $20.99 for adults. On their website they state that you can save $2.00 online with timed tickets so you may want to inquire about that before purchasing your tickets.
This review is based on a complimentary passes to Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Aquarium did not require that I express a particular point of view.
We had a great time because we love aquariums and wanted something to do besides the beach. However it was expensive and we thought there was more to it than it was. Nice location and very clean and well kept attraction. We would probably visit again if we are in the area.
This was a nice, modern, clean aquarium that my entire family enjoyed. There were many up-close encounters with a large variety of sea creatures. There was also a scuba show and many educational areas. However, it was expensive considering it only took a few hours to go through. There was not enough to occupy very much of our time for the price.
This is by far one of the best attractions in Myrtle Beach and South Carolina. The kids will LOVE the aquarium and so will the adults. They have the place set up so you can be very interactive with the animals such as playing with the horse shoe crabs and possibly even getting the touch one of the rays. The moving conveyor belt that runs through the main aquarium is probably one of the coolest things I've seen before. Trust me you have to go here. It is well worth the money for the kids to learn and have a very memorable time.
We all loved the tunnel experience in this aquarium. We've been to many aquariums, but this one had a large section of tunnels that transport you under sharks, sea turtles, and other sea life. It was so cool to see them swimming all around you. There is also a fun Nemo-inspired fish slide for the littles. Their 2 touch tanks are fun too. They have a significant military discount, which helped us out with the cost of the visit.
We love the beach. Mostly we just like hanging out in the sand and waves, but on the occasion when we need something "more" out of a beach trip, Ripley's Aquarium is just the place to spend the afternoon. The only drawback is the cost, but still, it's an enjoyable afternoon for all ages. We personally all loved the Lethal exhibit of ocean animals and their protection methods that was there this summer. My daughter loves petting the sea life and riding through the underwater tanks ... again and again. A great place to get away from the waves once in a while, but hang on to your pocketbook... we love Ripley's but not so much the price.
Loved the aquarium, but hated the lines. Best parts were the moving sidewalk through the glass tunnel of sharks, touching the sting rays, and the air-conditioning against the South Carolina heat. Worst parts were rude people who cut in the line and trying to keep three kids entertained between exhibits.
Once again we had a military discount going in to this so I am not sure what the price is for most families. The kids were glued to all of the sites in the aquarium. We walked away with some fabulous pictures, all which were saved on my old computer that crashed :( There are plenty of hands on activities to keep the children occupied. There are glass walls that have cubbies you can climb into or sit in and literally have the sea life surrounding you. In places you could almost swear there is nothing between you and them. We all enjoyed it and can't wait to go back again.
They have so much to look at and touch and feel! If you have small kids my advice is to go right when they open during a weekday there usually isnt many people there. That's what we did and we didn't feel rushed by other people! The is a belt thing you get on and it takes you around all these fish and sharks and stuff and its so cool and all you do is stand there while it moves haha!
I took my toddlers to this aquarium and they loved it! It had a really long tunnel with a moving sidewalk. You can watch sharks and many kinds of fish as you go through the tunnel. My 2 and 3 year olds were very attentive to us telling them about all the fish (signs are posted with info.). There was a diver feeding sharks as well. It's not the largest aquarium ever, but it's enough to hold kids' attention and show them a good time.
Ripley's aquarium is one of my favorite places to go when we visit the beach. They take a family picture of you when you walk in that you can purchase while you're there. They have tons of fish tanks and an under water walkthrough that is so cool. You can pet a stingray and check out a live show where they feed the sharks and swim in the tank. They have and onsite gift shop and a couple places for you to get food. The bathrooms are always clean and the staff is very friendly. I love going here and hope to go back again soon. I would recommend to anyone to go visit the aquarium, you won't be disappointed. Save some money and buy your tickets online!!
The Ripleys Aquarium in myrtle beach is one of my favorite places to visit with my family when we are at the beach! What better than to take your kids to learn and see first hand the life that is in the ocean that you are visiting! The exhibits are amazing and very kid friendly. There are areas where the children can actually touch certain sea life as well as a play exploration area. My Daughter loves the "ride through" tunnel where the sharks and fish swim over your head. This is a very fun as well as educational place to take your family- highly recommended!
Ripley's Aquarium its kinda pricey when you got four kids but in my opinion it was worth it. the kids loved it . they got excited when they seen the fish they loved the Reef Tunnel . so if the kids are happy then im happy . will visit again just wish i had a discount or coupon for the place
This is a very nice aquarium! It does cost a bit to get in, but if you are a local, you get a discount. Lots of cool fish to look at, and an awesome glass tunnel to walk through to look at fish from all angles! Very stroller friendly, and parking is free too!
My family and I absolutely loved this place!!! We had such a blast here. The aquarium is out of this world and so beautiful. Lots and lots of activities fir the kids and stuff to keep Mom and Dad entertained too! You will be amazed! Don't miss out, you will be amazed!
it only took us about 2 hours at best to see the whole aquarium. Its very clean inside and they have really good exibits. Lots of fun things for little kids to do. The ray tank and the dangerous reef exibits were very nice. Got some great shark pics. Its surely fun, but dont plan a whole day for it , just a few hours at best.
we love aquariums but was not very impressed with this one. thought it was quite small for the price. Lots of fish but not as much to do as others we have visited. Ripleys however is a company that will refund your money if you find that it was not worth the cost. Not that I encourage it, but its always good to know when you are putting that much upfront and not sure what you might get. We weren't fans.
We recently visited Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. I was impressed with the variety of fish and sea life, however for the price ($18.99 for adults) I expected it to be a little bit bigger than what it was. The touch tank is awesome. You should definitley touch the stingrays!!
We had a great time at the aquarium, but the price was outrageous. There were really neat fish and other water animals, but it was not anything pronominal. We may go back since my daughter seemed to enjoy it so much. It is in a great location at Broadway at the Beach.
I was extremely disappointed in this aquarium. It was expensive, VERY crowded (like you couldnt move without running into someone), and it left my husband and I asking "did we miss something?" Our 8 month old son really enjoyed the walk through tunnel-tank. That was pretty cool...you are surrounded by the fish, sharks and other marine life on a conveyor belt...my son's face lit up at the site of the fish so that was fun to watch. But, since that only took about 10-15 min, we just looked at eachother and wondered what to do next. They have a nice tank with rays, but it was so crowded, we could not safely get the baby over to see it. The Live Babies exhibit was nothing special, a couple neat facts here and there, but overall, we felt it was kind of boring. For older kids, they do offer a touch and learn tank area where you can "pet" rays, and horseshoe crabs. It was just a lot smaller than we were expecting, and didn't take up as much time as we were hoping it would.... we were looking forward to an afternoon there...and we'd seen it all after about an hour (and 20 min of that hour we were standing in line to see the Live Babies Exhibit). Wasn't worth what we paid, in my opinion.