Myrtle Beach, S.C.

28. Zoos & Wildlife Attractions

Zoos & Wildlife Attractions

Ligers and tigers and alligators (and elephants), oh my! You might spend your entire Myrtle Beach vacation on the beach, and be perfectly content. You might see a few seagulls, or the occasional fish pop out of the water. You might even see a few crabs scurry by, but not much else. Those in the know, however, will take full advantage of the many zoos, sanctuaries, aquariums, and wildlife attractions along the Grand Strand. It’s at these treasured attractions that you’ll get a real picture of the native wildlife, and a few exotic animals that now call the Grand Strand their home. Featured on National Geographic, The Travel Channel, and other national and international media outlets, these very special places should make it to every visitor’s (and local’s) bucket list. From the rare and exotic, to the cute and cuddly, they’re all here and waiting for your visit.

Alligator Adventure

from 59 reviews

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-lb, 18-ft, 50-year-old Croc originally from Thailand. And he’s just one of the hundreds of reptiles. You’ll also meet gray wolves, kangaroos, primates, and the tallest flying birds in the world, cousins of the dinosaur, the Sarus Crane.

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Lowcountry Zoo at Brookgreen Gardens

from 32 reviews

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

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A New Life Ranch LLC

Get up close and personal with cute farm animals at A New Life Ranch in Fair Bluff, NC. Located just a short drive from Myrtle Beach, A New Life Ranch is home to 9 different kinds of unique farm animals, and guests here can participate in experiences such as bottle-feeding lambs and goats, milking cows, and more. Meet adorable animals like Mabel the bunny, chickens, ducks, mini potbelly pigs, and many other awe-inspiring creatures. 

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Ripley’s Aquarium

from 121 reviews

Ripley’s Aquarium is an 85,000 square foot, multilevel collection of wonders of the sea. From the large tanks to small tanks, their exhibits are interactive, educational, and fun for the whole family. In addition to their year-round sea life exhibits, they have seasonal and traveling exhibits

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T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station

from 2 reviews

Part wildlife attraction, part conservation effort, TIGERS, located within Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, is one of the most talked-about exhibits of its kind. Here, endangered animals live in luxury and help provide educational opportunities for the millions of visitors stopping by. Having your picture taken with a tiger cub ($79) is a highlight for those who visit, and all proceeds go to the Rare Species Fund.

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