Road Trip Guide to Myrtle Beach, SC: Part I: Ripley’s Aquarium

Visiting South Carolina and looking for some family fun? Take a visit to Ripley’s Aquarium, located at Broadway on the Beach in Myrtle Beach. I took my two sons, ages 11 and 9, to the aquarium for a few hours of exploring.

Upon entering the aquarium we were whisked away into the new shark exhibit, which just opened in April. We spent some time discovering many things about the sharks that we did not know. There are about 30 interactive displays and over a dozen species of sharks. We then walked down into the Dangerous Reef. Here you travel on a 340 ft. glide path and leisurely look at the sea life. There are just about every shape, size and color to explore.

We then moved on to Rainbow Rock. Here you will find thousands of fish that are as colorful as the rainbow. Explore everything from butterfly fish to unicornfish. We even saw Nemo!!

Next it was onto the Ray Bay and Living Gallery. In the Ray Bay, there were lots of sting ray swimming in the water. You could walk up the stairs into the shallow parts and if you leaned in, just enough, you might even be able to touch one. Just remember to stay on your belly. My son was thrilled when he finally was able to feel how smooth they were. For an additional fee, you are even able to suit up in a wetsuit and go swimming with the sting rays. In the Living Gallery, there were horseshoe crabs. You were able to pick them up gently by their shells and turn them over to explore what they look like underneath.

Also new to the aquarium this summer is the mermaid show. We made our way down to the Ray Bay tank and watched as the mermaid entertained us. After the show had ended, there was a question and answer period as well as a chance to take pictures with the mermaid.

We recommend Ripley’s Aquarium for a fun family adventure. It is open all year round from 9am – 6pm.

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