MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Ripley’s Aquarium in the Myrtle Beach area is one of the top 12 best aquariums in the nation, according to the editors of Destinations Travel Magazine

The travel magazine notes that Ripley’s Aquarium, “offers guests plenty of opportunities to get closer to marine life.”

“Ripley’s Aquarium has been a staple of the Myrtle Beach area for years and continues to be a very popular attraction for both first-time visitors and our returning guests,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are thrilled for the national recognition they have received and know their success will continue for the foreseeable future.”

Below are the top 12 best aquariums in the nation, according to Destinations Travel Magazine:
• Georgia Aquarium – Atlanta Ga.
• Shedd Aquarium – Chicago, Ill.
• National Aquarium – Baltimore, Md.
• Aquarium of the Pacific – Long Beach, Calif.
• Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
• Steinhart Aquarium – San Francisco, Calif.
• Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey, Calif.
• Newport Aquarium – Cincinnati, Ohio
• Tennessee Aquarium – Chattanooga, Tenn.
• Moody Gardens – Galveston, Texas
• Adventure Aquarium – Camden, N.J.
• Oregon Coast Aquarium – Newport, Ore.