Does your child love animals?
Myrtle Beach SC is a great place to see animals up close.
I’ve selected a few great attractions along the Grand Strand that any animal lover will not want to miss.
See alligators and more! Alligator Adventure is one of the largest reptile zoos in the world.
This wildlife facility at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach features more than 700 alligators.
In addition to alligators, visitors will see Chilean flamingos, wolves, kangaroos, owls, marmosets and more.
They also offer live shows and interactive exhibits.
Tickets are $21.99 for adults, $19.99 for seniors, $18.99 for military, $16.99 for children 4-12 and free for children 3 and under.
When you purchase a ticket, you can come back for a 2nd day free within 7 days.
Alligator Adventure is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
T.I.G.E.R.S PRESERVATION STATION AND WILD ENCOUNTERS TOUR
Get up close to tigers. Visit the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach.
You can view the tigers for free everyday after 5 p.m.
If you want to hold a tiger cub and get a picture you can do so for a fee.
For those who really want to experience animals, you can go on a Wild Encounters tour at the Myrtle Beach Safari.
During this tour of the 50-acre preserve, you will see over 60 tigers, apes, wolves an an elephant.
Tours are $299.00 per person and guests must be at least 6-years-old to take the tour.
For more information click here.
Ripley’s Aquarium at Broadway at the Beach features a 1.4 million gallon aquarium that is home to 12-foot sharks and over 10,000 exotic sea creatures.
You can experience this aquarium by traveling on the moving path that guides you through the tank. This gives you the opportunity to look around at the creatures swimming overhead and right next to you.
The aquarium also features many other exhibits. The newest is Planet Jellies, a 5,000 square foot exhibit of jellyfish.
If you want to get up close to an animal, Ray Bay offers guest the opportunity to actually touch a sting ray.
For an additional fee, you can part in unique experiences. They include:
- Fancy Fins Boutique
- Sleep with the Sharks
- Stingray Experience
- Behind the Scenes
Ripley’s is open Sundays 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 9 a.m.-10 p.m., and Tuesdays and Fridays 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Tickets are $54.99 for adults and $34.99 for children. They do offer coupons on their website and discounts for purchasing combo tickets to other Ripley’s attractions in Myrtle Beach.https://www.youtube.com/embed/RDGOQnKtj88
LOWCOUNTRY ZOO AND BUTTERFLY HOUSE AT BROOKGREEN GARDENS
Brookgreen Gardens is more than just plants and sculptures. They also have the Lowcountry Zoo and Butterfly Garden.
Visitors will get to see native and domestic animals along with several birds in the zoo. Some of the inhabitants include alligators, bald eagles, horses and herons.
While visiting Brookgreen Gardens, keep an eye out for wild species that live on the grounds such as snakes and alligators.
Brookgreen also has a nature center, where kids can learn more about the wildlife. Plus it is air-conditioned if you need to cool off.
You can also get up close to butterflies in the Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience.
The butterfly house is full of tropical flowers and hundreds of butterflies. Stand still and one might just land on you.
There is an additional cost for the butterfly exhibit, it is $3 for adults and $2 for children.
The exhibit is open April-October.
Regular admission tickets are good for seven consecutive days. Teens and adult are $15, Seniors are 13, children 4-12 are $7 and kids under 3 are free.
Brookgreen is open daily from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK
This park in Murrells Inlet offers visitors the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat. Visitors will often see eagles, pelicans, alligators, nesting loggerhead sea turtles and more.
There is also a nature education center that has animals on exhibit and hands on displays.
The center often hosts educational programs. Click here for details.
From the nature center, you can also stroll down the marsh walk to get a great view of the inhabitants of the marsh.
Admission to the park is $5 for 16 and older, $3.25 for seniors, $3 for kids 6-15 and free for children 5 and under.
The park is open 6 a.m.-1o p.m. March-November and 6 a.m.-8 p.m. December-February.
Click here for more information.About Jennifer Donovan
Jennifer joined the Go To Myrtle Beach staff in March of 2015.
Jennifer knows a lot about kids activities in Myrtle Beach SC, because when she is not working, she is exploring the area with her young daughter.
You can contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org