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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg

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Explore the wonders of the underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. The world-class aquarium offers an array of interactive exhibits, with over 10,000 sea creatures of over 350 diverse species. Stand on the moving pathway as it takes you through the aquarium's underwater tunnel to admire giant sea turtles and 3.7 m (12 ft) sharks. Enjoy a hands-on experience in the tide pool exhibit, where you can handle horseshoe crabs and stingrays, or stay for a diving and feeding show with the dolphins. Check the aquarium’s website before your visit, as discount tickets are often available. Put Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies at the forefront of your travel plans using our Gatlinburg itinerary maker.
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  • Nice aquarium. a liitle pricey. with 7th graders they were able to keep interest for approximately 1hr  more »
  • It is a very nice aquarium. Plenty to see and do. Not cheap. The kids loved it and the playscape inside. Glad we got to visit.  more »
  • Expensive, some good exhibits, but overpriced. The stingray exhibit is nice, and the have a glass bottom boat. They have a large section of sharks.  more »
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  • We brought my 7 year old here based solely on the fact that every time we go to a pet store or big box store with fish, he loves to sit in the floor and watch them swim. We were not disappointed. He was amazed by the coral reef tank and the tunnel under the shark tank. But by far his favorite were the large rays. He sat and watched the entire feeding of the rays and was plastered to the glass when they swam near. He also enjoyed touching the jellyfish, but couldn't understand that you couldn't pick them up, so we didn't get to do that for very long. He got to stand up inside the clown fish tank and watch them swim all around. Finally, the large (HUGE!) jungle gym they have inside gave him plenty of run around and physical exercise to completely tucker him out before we left. Overall it was an amazing experience and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. *For parents of special needs children, be sure to ask about facilities for quiet time as needed. The staff is super friendly, seemed happy to help, and appeared to be enjoying their jobs. And as we all know, their attitude makes a big difference!*
  • Good facilities and variety. All the staff are friendly, competent, and knowledgeable. The prices are a little higher than I expected considering the size of the aquarium, but I know that maintaining such a facility is expensive and they do a wonderful job. The parking behind the aquarium is very convenient.
  • Amazing exhibits and fish / animals. I really like the aquarium and come here fairly often. You can go at your own pace and relax in the air conditioning during the summer. It is always very clean and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. a must see when you're in town. Every Trolley stops at the Aquarium.
  • Nice aquarium. Good assortment of saltwater fish. Lacking in the freshwater varieties. The tunnel was awesome. I hear they do sleep overs in the tunnels which is a great idea. Food was concession stand style. Parking is behind the building in the parking garage.
  • Had a great time. Took lots of pictures. Loved the gift shop and the tunnel. So many varieties of sea life. Pearl Harbor exhibit was very interesting. Had interactive activities which were fun. Penguins were a must to see.