One of our favorite Myrtle Beach attractions, Ripley's Aquarium, has decided to think outside the ‘tank' this year for Valentine's Day, and we couldn't be more excited. On Wednesday, Feb. 13, and Thursday, Feb. 14, the popular aquarium will close its doors to the general public, remaining open only to those lovebirds who have made a reservation to dine in the aquarium's ‘Tunnel of Love.'

That's right; Ripley's has transformed their 340-foot long glide path beneath the acrylic (shark) tunnel, and colorful Rainbow Rock exhibit into the most unique place to dine this Valentine's Day. We can't imagine there is a more memorable (or unique) way to spend the holiday, and we're sure those who attend will be saying things like, "Honey, do you remember that time we shared that delicious beef tenderloin and that huge nurse shark swam by your head?" in the years to come. Seriously, where else can you enjoy five-star meal alongside snappers, tarpons, grunts, squirrelfish, a green sea turtle, huge stingrays, sawfish and sharks?

The cost is $84.99 per couple and includes all food, one drink, a rose, taxes and gratuity, and the menu is worth mentioning. The chefs seem to have pulled out all the stops with items like roasted vegetable quesadillas accompanied by tomatillo salsa, bacon wrapped scallops tossed in a Carolina Gold barbecue sauce, grilled beef tenderloin with a merlot mushroom demi-glace and an herb roasted chicken quarter drizzled with a balsamic reduction. And for dessert? Banana fosters cheesecake placed on a pool of caramel sauce garnished with dark chocolate truffles, finished with fruit and Chantilly cream. YUM!


For more information or to make a reservation, you can call 843-916-0888, ext. 3226. And be sure to check out all the Valentine's Day specials and deals in the Myrtle Beach area while you're making plans. Our love of discounts is always in the air.

Ripley's Aquarium 340-ft long glide path tunnel