Penguin Encounters!

Meet the Aquarium’s most adorable creatures face-to-beak! Interact and pet one of the playful penguins and learn more about penguins from an Aquarium staff expert during this 30-minute encounter. Upgrade to a VIP Penguin Experience and take home an 8×10 penguin painting you helped create! Penguin Encounters are an add-on to your Aquarium ticket.


There’s more than meets the eye at the Aquarium! See scientific research in action on a tour of Ripley’s Marine Science Research Center, our state-of-the-art quarantine and research facility. You’ll go behind the scenes to get a firsthand look at how Ripley’s Aquariums rescue and care for animals. Splash into the science of the Aquarium with your guide as they educate you on the Aquarium’s scientific research, daily animal care, and conservation efforts. Marine Science Research Center Tours are an add-on to your Aquarium ticket.

Stingray Experiences!

Join us in Friendship Flats and make new friends with our rays. You will get up close and personal with some of the stars of Ripley’s Aquarium, including spotted eagle and cownose rays as they frolic around you. You may even get a kiss from a southern stingray! Guided by an experienced Ripley’s diver, you will be able to meet the rays in Friendship Flats during this hands-on 45-minute experience. Stingray Experiences are an add-on to your Aquarium ticket.

Set Sail on The Glass Bottom Boat Adventure!

Set sail over Dangerous Reef with only three inches of class separating you from predators of the deep! This experience will allow you to venture into the heart of the shark tank. You will be surrounded by colorful and dangerous marine life that inhabit Atlantic and Caribbean reefs. Led by our Adventure Crew, guests will learn all about the animals within the Aquarium and what it takes to maintain the facility during each boat ride. Ripley’s Glass Bottom Boat Adventure launches every 20 minutes and is an add-on to your Aquarium ticket.

Seaworthy Sleepovers for All Ages!

Do sharks sleep? What do penguins do at night? Find out for yourself when you spend the night at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach. During these overnight adventures, embark on a scavenger, have a late-night snack, and learn all about our toothy and feathered friends before setting up camp in our Dangerous Reef or next to our Penguin Playhouse. A light breakfast will be provided in the morning.