Ripley’s Aquarium (Myrtle Beach)

Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach south carolina

Myrtle Beach and Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg have a lot in common with each other. They both have a Ripley’s Aquarium, and they’re very similar to one another. I would say about 90% similar, if not more.

Fish tank ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach south carolina

It’s one of the better aquariums you can visit anywhere on the East Coast.

Tourists ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach south carolina

We visited on a Saturday, which unfortunately means more people than my introverted self likes.

. Silver fish ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach south carolina

It was definitely the worst when we started the tour. We ended up taking a detour route around the aquarium because people would not move out of the way.

Jellyfish ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach south carolina

I would say their jellyfish collection is definitely its most impressive achievement.

Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach south carolina jellyfish

Many different types of jellyfish here.

Red jellyfish ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach south carolina

I thought these were the most beautiful.

Upside down jellyfish Ripleys aquarium Myrtle Beach South Carolina

And these upside down jellyfish to be the most interesting. Imagine being upside down as part of your DNA.

Stingrays ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach south carolina

I could never see stingrays without thinking of Steve Irwin.

Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach south carolina stingrays

They are definitely very beautiful creatures, as Steve Irwin would put it. I always admired how he would describe all the creatures of the world in the most elegant fashion despite how hideous the creature actually might be.

Ripley's Aquarium  Myrtle Beach South Carolina seahorses

I always enjoy seeing seahorses.

Sea dragons Ripleys aquarium Myrtle Beach South Carolina

And their cousins, the sea dragons.

Big lobsters Ripleys aquarium Myrtle Beach South Carolina

These giant lobsters are definitely lucky they didn’t end up at Red Lobster.

Ripleys aquarium penguin Playhouse Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Like the Gatlinburg Ripleys Aquarium, they pride themselves with an impressive collection of penguins.

Ripleys aquarium Myrtle Beach South Carolina penguins

You definitely can get a close look at all the penguins.

Penguins Ripleys aquarium Myrtle Beach South Carolina

I noticed one of them really liked women that would pass by the glass. I guess he’s the penguin player.

Aquarium tunnel Myrtle Beach South Carolina Ripleys aquarium

And of course, you have the tunnel you can walk under.

Large sharks Ripleys aquarium Myrtle Beach South Carolina

The conveyor belt floor was off, which made walking through it a bit of a struggle when people would stay in one place.

Giant female sea turtle Ripleys aquarium Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Sea turtles are always dear to my heart.

School of fish Ripleys aquarium Myrtle Beach South Carolina

It is interesting to see a cluster of fish so concentrated in one part of a fish tank.

Glass tunnel Ripleys aquarium Myrtle Beach South Carolina

I will say, the tunnel in Gatlinburg and the tunnel at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta are far better than the one here at Myrtle Beach.

Glass bottom boat Ripleys aquarium Myrtle Beach South Carolina

They also have a glass bottom boat, just like the one in Gatlinburg.

Replaceglass bottom boat adventure Ripleys aquarium Myrtle Beach South Carolina

We actually got almost a free ticket due to a coupon not working and the worker just put in some random discount and it gave us a huge savings advantage. So even doing the glass bottom boat for two people was cheaper than two standard price tickets.

Glass bottom boat Ripleys aquarium Myrtle Beach South Carolina

I actually didn’t realize until we got on the boat that the boat was steered by one of the aquarium workers just guiding it along with a rope installed around the aquarium tank.

Life jackets glass bottom boat Ripleys aquarium Myrtle Beach South Carolina

It’s definitely not a bumpy adventure. But you definitely do feel that you are on a boat. You would have to be really seasick prone to throw up here.

Face from glass bottomBoat Ripleys aquarium Myrtle Beach South Carolina

The ship’s captain will tell you various fun facts about the fish that pass by.

Ripleys aquarium glass bottom boat water Myrtle Beach South Carolina

It is definitely very neat to see the large aquarium at this angle. I definitely enjoyed myself there.

WonderWorks (Myrtle Beach)

Wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

I had been to WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and I really enjoyed it. I knew I would get some déjà vu by visiting the Myrtle Beach location. Yes, the place is supposed to look like an upside down mansion.

Fun tunnel wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

Like the Pigeon Forge version, you have to enter the tunnel that makes you dizzy very first thing.

Hurricane shack wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

The first thing after the tunnel was new to me. In Pigeon Forge, it’s a earthquake simulator but in Myrtle Beach it’s a hurricane simulator.

Hurricane simulation wonderworks Myrtle Beach south carolina

It’s slightly more intimidating than the earthquake one because you can actually feel the fans rather than the fake little rumble.

Titanic ship wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

Both museums have a tribute to the Titanic.

Shaq size wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

I don’t remember this Shaquille O’Neal comparison silhouette at the Pigeon Forge WonderWorks. I’m 5‘ 11 by the way.

Astronaut training wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

There’s a lot of cool stuff that I would never try here

Bubble lab wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

Their bubble lab was much smaller than the one in Pigeon Forge.

Spinning wheel optical illusion wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

I don’t remember the spinning wheel there though.

VR game wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

The best thing the Myrtle Beach one has that the Pigeon Forge one doesn’t to my knowledge is this VR game.

Wonder works VR game Myrtle Beach south carolina

While VR was a joke in the 90s, it’s quite the reality now.

Benjamin Franklin stairs wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

Going up and down the floors was rather confusing at this one.

Bed of nails wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

I did the bed of nails again, it doesn’t really hurt but I was a little worried I would damage my jacket.

Sports VR game wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

I actually did well at this baseball game. I used to play baseball for about 10 years when I was a kid.

Machine wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

Some things there are only there for novelty.

Giant piano wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

Even if I was good at regular piano, I don’t think I could play a song on this big one. My feet aren’t that big.

Ropes course wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

They also had the ropes course, but it looked much smaller than the one I did in Pigeon Forge. I didn’t partake in this one though, not a lot of time and energy that night.

Astronaut cranes wonder works myrtle Beach south carolina

I definitely had fun here, but not nearly as much as I did during Pigeon Forge.

Hard Rock Cafe (Myrtle Beach)

Hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach south carolina

I had never been to a Hard Rock Café until my vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach south carolina interior tables

I definitely did enjoy the interior of the restaurant.

Hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach south carolina lady gaga dress

They do have a lot of memorabilia from celebrities.

. Hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach south carolina Beyonce black dress

I’m not too impressed by things like that, but I’m sure a big fan of Beyoncé’s would enjoy seeing her dress.

Famous guitars hard rock Cafe Myrtle Beach south carolina

Many bands and musicians had guitars of theirs end up in their collection.

Jimi hendrix guitar hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach south carolina

I’m sure this Jimi Hendrix guitar is worth a fortune.

James brown guitar hard Rock Cafe Myrtle

Probably the same goes for the James Brown one too.

Hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach south carolina social distancing teddy bears

They took COVID-19 very seriously, and they space out the tables with these super cute big teddy bears.

Hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach south carolina salad and French fries

The food was very good.

Ice cream sundae hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach south carolina

And so was the dessert.

Gift shop hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach south carolina

We checked out the gift shop after eating.

Hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach south carolina gift shop

I personally didn’t buy anything, but they did have some neat things.