Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach gives families the unique opportunity to explore a giant aquatic habitat from the inside, thanks to the acrylic tunnel that winds through the Dangerous Reef aquarium. From within this tunnel, visitors can get up close to thousands of fish, including sea turtles, stingrays, and giant sharks. The courageous can opt to actually camp overnight inside the tunnel, and those who are extra-brave can try diving with the sharks.
The aquarium also has a variety of habitats that feature aquatic residents of the Indo-Pacific, like the intricately colored clown triggerfish, an Amazon River habitat, and a stingray lagoon. Visitors can learn more about marine life in the interactive Discovery Center and find out how the immense habitats are maintained by visiting the facility’s systems control room. Staff members also present regular shows, including shark, sea dragon, and jellyfish feedings; dive shows; and a mermaid show.
Address: 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Official site: www.ripleyaquariums.com/myrtlebeach/