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RIPLEY’S LARGEST EXPANSION

Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse

The 5,500-square-foot expansion is the largest in Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach’s 20-year history. This new addition includes a brand-new Ocean Wonders gallery with eight new tanks, housing awesome new species of fish from all over the world. Two new state-of-the-art classrooms for programs and school groups allow guests to get up close and personal with these extraordinary birds. These unique experiences lead up to our world-class penguin habitat, with floor-to-ceiling viewing glass more than 50 feet long and a 360-degree crawl tunnel for guests to waddle through and immerse themselves. Stop in to view the penguin nursery, which will house and care for baby penguins. Don’t miss this exciting new exhibit!

penguins swimming in tank over people

Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse

The 5,500-square-foot expansion is the largest in Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach’s 20-year history. This new addition includes a brand-new Ocean Wonders gallery with eight new tanks, housing awesome new species of fish from all over the world. Two new state-of-the-art classrooms for programs and school groups allow guests to get up close and personal with these extraordinary birds. These unique experiences lead up to our world-class penguin habitat, with floor-to-ceiling viewing glass more than 50 feet long and a 360-degree crawl tunnel for guests to waddle through and immerse themselves. Stop in to view the penguin nursery, which will house and care for baby penguins. Don’t miss this exciting new exhibit!

African Penguin (Spheniscus Demersus)

Dressed for a night on the town sporting their black-and-white plumage, the African penguin is the only species of penguin found on the African continent. Preferring warmer water temperatures unlike their Antarctic counterparts, their unique black stripes and spots serve as their identification, similar to a human fingerprint. Also known as the black-footed penguin, this species is one of the most endangered penguins in the world—numbers have declined by 60 percent in the last 28 years. Welcoming Ripley’s new colony in 2020 is just the beginning of conservation efforts and a growing flock, helping people learn about these vulnerable creatures.

african penguin

African Penguin (Spheniscus Demersus)

Dressed for a night on the town sporting their black-and-white plumage, the African penguin is the only species of penguin found on the African continent. Preferring warmer water temperatures unlike their Antarctic counterparts, their unique black stripes and spots serve as their identification, similar to a human fingerprint. Also known as the black-footed penguin, this species is one of the most endangered penguins in the world—numbers have declined by 60 percent in the last 28 years. Welcoming Ripley’s new colony in 2020 is just the beginning of conservation efforts and a growing flock, helping people learn about these vulnerable creatures.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Ripley’s Aquarium opened in Myrtle Beach in 1997 and boasts more than 14,000 fish on display as well as many interactive experiences. You can pet a jelly, stingray, or bamboo shark, hold a horseshoe crab, and enjoy hourly dive shows. One featured exhibit is the 750,000-gallon Dangerous Reef where you can ride a 330-foot glidepath through the tunnel and come face-to-face with huge, deadly sharks, 11-foot sawfish, and Gabby the Green Sea Turtle.

night aerial outdoor view of ripley's aquarium of myrtle beach

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Ripley’s Aquarium opened in Myrtle Beach in 1997 and boasts more than 14,000 fish on display as well as many interactive experiences. You can pet a jelly, stingray, or bamboo shark, hold a horseshoe crab, and enjoy hourly dive shows. One featured exhibit is the 750,000-gallon Dangerous Reef where you can ride a 330-foot glidepath through the tunnel and come face-to-face with huge, deadly sharks, 11-foot sawfish, and Gabby the Green Sea Turtle.

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