When you’re looking for something to do following a day of wildfire discussion at October’s Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C., take a stroll up the street to Ripley’s Aquarium. Just a little over a mile north of the Convention Center, the Aquarium could be the perfect destination for a rainy day (or a sunny one!).
The most popular exhibit is Dangerous Reef. Home to large sharks, giant sting rays, tarpons, a sea turtle, and more, this area features a 340-foot long glidepath through the tank. Patrons pass through an acrylic tunnel that offers spectacular views of sea life swimming overhead, giving the feeling that you’re really in the depths of the ocean. The glidepath is the world’s largest underwater tunnel with gliding sidewalks.
Other exhibits to check out include Ray Bay (yes, you can touch the rays!), the Indo-Pacific Reef, Rio Amazon and more, each featuring creatures from their respective parts of the world. Sign up for a tour or peruse at you own leisure.
The Ripley’s Aquarium website recommends setting aside two hours or more to fully tour the 1.4 million gallon facility. The building is open until 9 p.m. on weeknights and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Cameras are allowed and the building is wheelchair friendly.
An individual pass (good for the whole day) is $22.99 for adults. The Aquarium offers group rates, as well as discounts for AAA and AARP members and active and retired military. Customers can also buy combo packs for discount admission to Ripley’s other Myrtle Beach attractions, including Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Ripley’s 5-D Moving Theater, and Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze.
For more information on the Aquarium or facts about the species there, visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back next Wednesday, September 23 to learn about another Myrtle Beach attraction.