Experience Underwater Adventures at Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach

One place you cannot miss while on vacation on the Grand Strand is Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. Once you enter, you will start an unforgettable adventure into the world of sharks, eels, colorful fish and poisonous predators. Let your children be amazed at the rare opportunity to touch sharks and stingrays.

Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach

If you want to impress your family, offer them an utterly captivating experience by taking the moving 340-foot long glidepath through the huge acrylic tunnel. You will feel like Cousteau diving off Calypso into the clear waters of the world's oceans, meeting face to face with snappers, tarpons, grunts, squirrelfish, sawfish, and large sharks. I will never forget the expression on my son's face when he first traveled through the tunnel. Two huge sharks came across from both sides, meeting right above his head. He was fascinated, showing no signs of fear. Then, he turned and told me with excitement in his voice: "Did you see that? He winked at me!” I will never be sure as to whether that shark was winking at my son.  It was a life-time memory triggered by a spark of imagination, and I wasn't going to spoil that!

glidepath through the huge acrylic tunnel

If you want to take photos, make sure you disable your on-camera flash–it’s rarely flattering and will likely kill the ambiance, hit a surface, and, depending on which exhibit you’re in, create a reflection in your photo. It is hard to take decent pictures with a mobile device, but not impossible. Play with silhouettes, explore different angles, and compose your shot with people beside or under large sea creatures to provide a sense of scale.

Aquarium silhouette

There is more to the Ripley's Aquarium than just fish. With thousands of creatures of hundreds of species, the aquarium creates an environment that allows you to truly experience life “under the sea.” Every Wednesday in the summer, children can stay the night at the Aquarium. They will enjoy plenty of music, dancing, karaoke, scavenger hunts, pizza and more to keep the fun going. When time to retire for the evening, the children set up camp in the tunnel and “Sleep with the Sharks.” You don't have many chances in life to drift off to sleep counting sharks instead of sheep.

Colorful fish at Ripley's Aquarium

In 2011, Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach presented some of the most magical creatures in the world - the mermaids! Visitors were mesmerized by the five-foot-long, blue, green and aquamarine mermaids with flowing blond hair doing rhythmic flips, somersaults and underwater dances. Here is a short video of the dazzling show.


If you already feel excited and anxious after reading this blog post, and you can hardly wait to experience the marvels of the underwater world, take a virtual tour of the aquarium and explore the Rio Amazon, Rainbow Rock, Systems Controls, Dangerous Reef, Living Gallery, Ray Bay, and Friendship Flats. For a perfect beach vacation, choose one of our oceanfront vacation rentals from our large selection here and enjoy the Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach.

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