Ripley’s Aquariums Celebrate 25 Years of Memories on the Grand Strand

By May 31, 2022Company News

The Company’s first Aquarium Celebrates a Proud Milestone on June 13 – All are Welcome for a Party on the Plaza!

May 31, 2022 – “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” has been a household phrase since 1918—sparking curiosity and reminding families of memories made while experiencing the wonder of Ripley’s Odditoriums. But in 1997, Ripley’s took its greatest step towards diversifying the Company’s brand of attractions—diving into the aquarium world. Breaking ground in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the company now celebrates 25 years of memories at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach!

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach paved the way for two subsequent world-class facilities in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Toronto, Canada, each committed to promoting an awareness of conservation and providing guests of all ages with a fun, interactive experience that connects visitors to the world around them.

Setting the standard for the company’s Aquarium ventures, Myrtle Beach is also a hub for scientific research. In 2020, Ripley’s opened its Marine Science Research Center to help sustain a superior level of animal care and facilitate research. This state-of-the-art facility, along with its Husbandry team, has already made waves by producing the world’s first successful birth by artificial insemination of a sand tiger shark.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach’s largest expansion, the addition of the Penguin Playhouse, a 5,500 square foot habitat with floor to ceiling viewing glass, a penguin nursery, and classrooms, also welcomed fresh faces to the Aquarium. Two African penguin chicks, Egerton (2020) and Plyler (2021), have both been born at the Aquarium. These births push the Aquarium toward their goal of “three chicks in three years” as a part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan to help save endangered animals.

From births, to construction, and scientific milestones, a new era of unbelievable opened at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach 25 years ago. Ripley’s invites visitors to celebrate with them on June 13, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a party on the Plaza and special engagements inside the Aquarium. Visitors are also encouraged to share their memories old and new on social media!

To learn more about Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, visit


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About Ripley Entertainment
Built on the foundation of a daily newspaper cartoon in 1918 — still in print today — Ripley Entertainment has grown to be a world leader in family entertainment, expanding to include more than 100 attractions in 10 countries around the world. Along with Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, Guinness World Records Attractions, Aquariums, WaxWorks, traveling shows, and miniature golf, the world of Ripley’s continues to grow through exciting new experiences, content, and books for all ages. Learn more about Ripley’s Believe It or Not! by visiting and following on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.