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Family Fun: Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach

A few months ago, when I began making plans for our family vacation to Myrtle Beach, I spent a lot of time researching fun things for our family to do.  I quickly found Ripley’s Aquarium and immediately decided it needed to be on the list.

After spending two beautiful days on the beach, we started breaking up the week with our fun activities.  First up, was Ripley’s Aquarium!

Our first stop was Ripley’s Stingray Experience!  This tank houses various sting rays and sharks and visitors are invited to lay down on the rocks and pet the rays as they swim by.  Because there happened to a family in the tank feeding the rays (Something visitors can actually sign up to do!), my kidos weren’t successful in petting these guys but we did witness others who were able and they definitely enjoyed trying.

Our next stop was Ray Bay where you can get a good look at all the rays and sharks that we had seen from above.  This area also is the location for the Mermaid Show, yes I said mermaid show.  It is the Ripley’s Aquarium after all!  This is quite possibly the most popular show in the aquarium and the area fills up fast!  Be sure to check the time guide upon arrival, they offer this show many times throughout the day so catching one shouldn’t be a problem.  We were able to watch this and my girls thought it was wonderful.

Our next stop was the Discovery Center/Touch Tank. The touch tank was a favorite spot for us for sure.  This area allows the visitors to get up close and personal with small sharks and horseshoe crabs.  My kids LOVED this area and my daughter even held one of the crabs after the awesome attendant picked it up for her.

From here we moved on to Dangerous Reef!  Just like it sounds, this area is home to the BIG sharks and you get to ride a moving walkway though a glass tunnel to experience the ‘ocean’ all around you!  It was pretty impressive to see these giants swim right over you.

A final favorite exhibit was the newly opened, Planet Jellies! This entire area is all jellyfish all the time.  There are multiple tanks housing several species of jellyfish and the colorful lights give it a fun, if not eerie, touch. The kids can design a jellyfish while they wait for their turn to TOUCH a jelly.  Yep, you read that right too.  There is a small tank in the back of the exhibit where visitors can actually touch a jellyfish.  There is another very helpful attendant giving specific instructions on how to do so without being stung.  My family was all about it!

Overall, we had a wonderful time visiting Ripley’s Aquarium and will probably be back when we head to Myrtle Beach next year.  The kids truly enjoyed themselves and I can see them exploring each of the exhibits in new and different ways as they get older.

Have you been to Ripley’s Aquarium? Have you touched one of the jellyfish? I’d love to hear about it!


*This post was sponsored by Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, SC.  I was given a press pass and my family was given discounted admission to the aquarium in return for my time in creating this post. 


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