Ripley's Aquarium to get penguin exhibit, new ticket area

File image of Myrtle Beach's Ripley's Aquarium

Myrtle Beach's Ripley's Aquarium is expanding.

Aquarium officials say the aquarium will be adding a new penguin exhibit and an upgraded ticket area, including an entrance plaza that will shield visitors from the sun.

This is the first major expansion at Ripley's since the aquarium opened 17 years ago.

The work is set to begin in September and be completed by June in time for the 2015 summer season.