Marine Camps

Ripley’s Aquarium Marine Science Camps are interactive, innovative and entertaining

There are a variety of day, week and overnight camps available, campers can enjoy the thrill of swimming with sharks and rays, learning to SCUBA dive, explore marine life in the open ocean, local parks wetland and much more!

Fun, excitement and memories that last a lifetime are what you will find when you enter into Ripley’s Aquarium Marine Science Camps. Perfect for all adventurous children ages 6 – 16 yrs.

INFORMATION FOR ALL CAMPS

Use the tabs below to find our information, prices, dates and details on all of our currently scheduled camps and programs.

 

    Summer Camps

    KIDS NIGHT OUT – Ages 6-14

    Enjoy a night at the Aquarium in this program designed for kids only.  The night will begin with a tour of the aquarium, music, dancing, karaoke, scavenger hunts, movies, crafts, pizza, snacks and more will follow.   When exhaustion finally sets in, we will set up camp in our 330-foot tunnel and “Sleep with the Sharks” and Gabby the turtle!.  Please bring a sleeping bag and any personal items.  Sleeping bags may be purchased onsite if necessary for $15.

    $49.99plus tax | Summer 2015 Dates TBD|  7:00 pm – 8:00 am

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    SURF CAMPS - ages 6-14 – Limit 10

    Wave riders around the world will recognize you as a true surfer in this camp!  Start your wave at Ripley’s Aquarium.  From there we will head to the beach where you’ll learn how to read waves, ride the waves and become a pro surfer.  Camp includes a Ripley’s surfing rash guard (logoed and long sleeve wet suit surf shirt) and certificate of surfing skills completed!

    $49.99 + tax (incl.Rash Guard) | Summer 2015 Dates TBD | 9:00 am – noon

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    MERMAID CAMP – Ages 6-14 – Limit 15

    Put your best fin foward in this mermaid adventure!  Begin at Ripley’s Aquarium, where you will enjoy fun activities like making a mermaid craft and creating a mermaid name.  Then travel to our special mermaid pool location where you will have the opportunity to swim in a real mermaid tail, learn mermaid tricks and play mermaid games!  When you return to dry land, you will get an official Ripley’s mermaid T-shirt and certificate recognizing you as a certified real mermaid!

    $49.99 + tax (incl. mermaid T-shirt) | Summer 2015 Dates TBD | 9:00 am – noon

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    KIDS CLUB WEEKLY – ages 6-12 – Limit 25

    Kids Camp is an ocean learning adventure that is sure to keep our camper buddies busy having fun all day.  Each week our young ocean explorers will embark in a different weekly ocean themed adventure that will take them on a journey of learning and hands on experiences.  From field trips to interacting with our own animals right here at Ripley’s Aquarium.  Snacks, drinks, and supplies are all included.  Campers are asked to brink a bag lunch each day.

    Daily drop off at Ripley’s Aquarium is between 8:00am-9:00am and pick up at Ripley’s Aquarium between 4:30pm-5:30pm

    $135.00 + tax weekly | Minimum registration of 2 full weeks |

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  • Two Day Adventures

    Days: Thursday-Friday Camps
    Schedule: Camp begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday and conclude at 5:00 p.m. on Friday.
    Overview: The campers will “Sleep with the Sharks” while camped out in the underwater tunnel at night. All of the two day camps are packed full of fun activities thatrevolve around Marine Science and conservation topics.
    Cost: $159.99 plus tax for the Stingray and Shark Adventure and also the Magical Mermaid Experience.  The Kayak Ecoadventure is $174.99 plus tax. All prices include all food and supplies.

    Stingray and Shark Adventure  Ages 7-14 – Limit 20

    Explore the beaches along the Grand Strand in search of elusive sharks teeth and mermaid purses (Shark Egg Cases) as sharks swim just outside the breakers.  After searching the beach we will go on a shark and stingray watch at Springmaid Pier.  While there, we will enjoy our lunch amon the sea gulls and fisherman.  Once back at the aquarium you will become a shark expert while learning about them through an interactive program including a shark dissection.  After dinner, you will get a personalized behind the scenes tour of the aquarium, make a shark necklace, enjoy a snack and a movie. As bedtime approaches, we will set up camp in our shark tunnel as sharks swim overhead.  Awake the next morning to breakfast in the Feeding Frenzy.  After breakfast, you will enter the water world of Friendship Flats in the aquarium as you experience a one on one encounter swimming with Stingrays and Bonnethead Sharks.  If time allows in the afternoon, we may return to the ocean for another beach exploration. All meals are included.

    Space is limited and sells out quickly.

    Dates: Summer 2015 Dates TBD

    Cost: $159.99 plus tax

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    Kayak Ecoadventure – Age 8-15 – Limit 12
    On day one you will navigate your kayak through the marsh grass as Fiddler Crabs scurry beside you.  Egrets, Herons and Gulls are plentiful and a watchful eye may catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagle overhead.  As you arrive at the island you will be greeted by ghost and blue crabs.  With a keen eye you may find sharks teeth and sand dollars along with other unique shells. Lunch will be served along the inlet leading to the ocean from Cherry Grove.  Once back at the aquarium, you will get a personal tour behind the scenes as well as other activities.  After a snack and a movie, we will set up camp in our shark tunnel where you will sleep with the sharks overhead.  Here you will record in your own nature journal the memories of the day.  On day two we will paddle our kayaks through the black waters of a Cyprus Swamp along the Waccamaw River.  Birds, Reptiles and the unknown await us.  Lunch will be served on the river bank.  Upon our return to the aquarium, you will again be able to capture your memories in your journal.

    Space is limited and sells out quickly.

    Dates: Summer 2015 Dates TBD

    Cost: $174.99 plus tax $159.99 plus tax

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    Magical Mermaid Experience – Age 6-12 – Limit 15

    Join us for two days in the life of a Mermaid with this Magical Mermaid Experience.  You will learn about Mermaids, create a mermaid name, have a mermaid makeover in our Mermaid Boutique and crafts.  You will travel to a local pool where you will have the opportunity to swim in a real mermaid tail, learn mermaid tricks and play mermaid games!  The evening will be filled with music, dancing and fun.  As bedtime approaches, we will set up camp in our shark tunnel as sharks swim overhead.  Awake the next morning to breakfast in the Feeding Frenzy.  After breakfast, you will enter the watery world of Friendship Flats in the aquarium as you experience a one on one encounter Swimming with Stingrays and Bonnethead Sharks.  When you return to dry land, you will receive a Ripley’s Mermaid T-shirt and have a photo with a Ripley Mermaid.  Finally you will receive a certificate recognizing you as a certified real mermaid!  Meals are included.

    Space is limited and sells out quickly; make your reservation early.

    Dates: Summer 2015 Dates TBD

    Cost: $159.99 plus tax

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    CAMP RESERVATIONS

    BY PHONE: Call Walter Lopez at 1-800-734-8888, ext. 3226