Boasting attractions such as a 750,000-gallon shark tank, an Indo-Pacific coral reef brimming with brightly colored tropical fish, and a hands-on multimedia playground where guests can learn about (and even touch) fascinating creatures the likes of horseshoe crabs, Myrtle Beach’s Ripley’s Aquarium has already made a huge splash among families visiting the Grand Strand. And soon, the aquarium — located at Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot Broadway at the Beach — expects to roll out an all-new reason for guests to waddle on over.
The aquarium plans to open its long-anticipated Penguin Playhouse exhibit, which designs indicate will occupy a 5,500-square-foot addition to the sprawling facility’s upper level, in late 2019. While specific details for the Myrtle Beach location have yet to be made public, a similar attraction at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, features:
- Regular opportunities to see the penguin inhabitants swim, eat and play
- An indoor/outdoor penguin habitat that allows guests to see the flightless aquatic birds up close and personal, from above and below the water
- Clear, crawl-through underwater tunnels that allow visitors to view swimming penguins from beneath the water’s surface
- An enclosed pop-up area on the penguins’ in-exhibit private beach that allows visitors to get nose-to-beak with the creatures
Other cool offerings at the Tennessee attraction that could also be featured in Myrtle Beach include the chance to purchase an original, penguin-created artwork via the aquarium’s Penguin Painting program (with half the proceeds supporting a penguin-focused nonprofit) and the opportunity to (for an additional fee) get face to face with the exhibit’s playful African Penguins — plus pet a penguin and get a photo with one of the amazing birds — with the Penguin Encounter program.
To learn more about all of the unique aquatic offerings available at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, visit the aquarium’s website. And, after soaking in all the family-friendly experiences available at Broadway at the Beach, guests at Caribbean Resort & Villas can make the short drive back to their comfortable oceanfront accommodations and wide-ranging on-site amenities for some rest and relaxation — and to gear up for another day of exploring the Grand Strand. Book your getaway at Caribbean Resort & Villas today!