Myrtle Beach, S.C.

28. Myrtle Beach Zoos & Wildlife Attractions

Myrtle Beach Zoos & Wildlife Attractions

Visit zoos in Myrtle Beach to enjoy entertaining and educational experiences featuring all kinds of animals, plus sign up for once-in-a-lifetime encounters. Why settle for watching a bird in flight miles away or a crab scurrying across the sand when there are so many enriching wildlife experiences? Myrtle Beach boasts five zoos and attractions: a reptile zoo, a safari park sanctuary for endangered species, an aquarium, a petting zoo, and an AZA-accredited wildlife zoo, each one with much to offer to nature lovers, kids, or anyone.

Located in Myrtle Beach proper, Ripley’s Aquarium offers an air-conditioned escape for tourists looking for an indoor activity. This popular site showcases aquatic animals with exhibits, educational shows, and events. Other zoos near The Strip include Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet and Alligator Adventure in North Myrtle Beach. These zoos offer encounters worthy of anyone’s bucket list, from feeding safari animals to petting stingrays.

Myrtle Beach has one petting zoo that features many farm critters and miniature-sized animals for children to pet and play with. But if you prefer less cuddly creatures, the reptile zoo includes plenty of fierce and unusual species, and the aquarium has its own host of toothy predators. Whether you love exotic animals, baby farm critters, or creatures in between, there’s a zoo here for you.

Observe wildlife in their natural habitat on one of our dolphin cruises or bird tours. The experienced guides teach guests all about the Lowcountry’s vibrant population of sea- and sky-faring creatures. Enjoy an up-close look at bottlenose dolphins, turtles, and fish along an Intracoastal Waterway cruise. Or, break out the binoculars and turn to the sky for a peek at the Grand Strand’s feathered friends.

National Geographic, The Travel Channel, and other national and international media outlets have featured these treasured places, and everyone agrees: Grand Strand zoos make vacations unforgettable. View all kinds of habitats, from wetlands to farmlands and underwater worlds, to see who calls them home.

Alligator Adventure

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At one of the largest reptile zoos in the world, Alligator Adventure in North Myrtle Beach, you’ll meet the largest crocodile in captivity in the United States. This is the home of Utan, the 2,000-pound, 18-foot, more than 50-year-old croc originally from Thailand. And he’s just one of the hundreds of reptiles. This zoo near Myrtle Beach is also home to bobcats, flamingos, frogs, hyenas, lizards, ostrich, squirrel monkeys, and more!

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Lowcountry Zoo at Brookgreen Gardens

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Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Zoo at Brookgreen Gardens has delightfully and responsibly re-created habitats for otters, foxes, alligators, and deer. The Aviary is home to bald eagles, egrets, herons, owls, and many more species native to the Myrtle Beach region. Domestic animals, once a common part of Lowcountry farm life, are also featured.

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Ripley’s Aquarium

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Ripley’s Aquarium is the place to go to see all the creatures that live under the sea. Guests will see sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, and so much more! This Myrtle Beach zoo offers two levels packed with creatures you can come face-to-face with. Be sure to stop by the penguin playhouse to see the adorable penguin colony that calls Ripley’s home.

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Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch

Blue Wave Adventures offers a one-of-a-kind dolphin-watching experience as the only tour in Myrtle Beach with a hydrophone. Spectators can use the hydrophone to hear underwater vocalizations of bottlenose dolphins. Guests can also spot stingrays, sharks, fish, and turtles while on this cruise.

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Myrtle Beach Dolphin Cruises

Board the Sea Screamer or Sea Thunder for an exciting adventure out at sea. These two-hour cruises start by winding through the Intracoastal Waterway before reaching high speeds on the open ocean. Each cruise can carry up to 141 passengers and covered seating is available.

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Murrells Inlet Bird Watching Eco Tour

Murrells Inlet Bird Watching Eco Tour

Murrells Inlet Eco Tours are hosting bird-watching expeditions along the Murrells Inlet saltwater estuary. These cruises teach about the diverse population of birds that live in Myrtle Beach. Kids love the live crab portion of the show, where the captain showcases the local shellfish on board.