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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 9,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • We have been to this aquarium several times, and we always thoroughly enjoy it. My wife and I are both teachers, and we were able to enjoy the teacher appreciation weekend at the site. It's great to f...  read more »
  • Great aquarium with a lot of interactive things for kids. Pearl Harbor was a neat exhibit. My daughter did the splash with stingrays. It was an additional $30 and well worth it. Make sure you check th...  read more »
  • I always love coming to the Aquarium! It's the one of the cleanest, and well organized places. It can be a little crowded but we did come during one of the most popular seasons- Leaf Lookers time.. my...  read more »
  • They really should take the name Ripleys off this wonderful aquarium. When I see the name it strikes fear of a ho hum establishment trading on unwary tourists. This place is anything but that. It really qualifies as one of the most well thought out aquariums I have ever visited and its layout and displays are world class. Don't try to visit this place on a Saturday as we found out. The managers were nice enough to allow us back and advised us of stopping in on a 6pm visit. What a difference it made as we had the place almost to ourselves. This is our number one place to visit now and as I said we will be making it an evening event. The place closes at ten!
  • Probably the most interactive aquarium I have been to. There is a touch tank for jellyfish, horseshoe crabs, and rays. The open top on the shark tank allows you to get within feet of sharks with nothing but a bit of land between you and the sharks. The shark tunnel has a moving sidewalk so you can stand while you slowly move through the inside of the shark tank. I liked the moving sidewalk because it eliminates trying to squeeze into a crowd to see something. There are smaller more traditional tanks too with a good variety of creatures. The WWII exhibit was also very facinating. A small penguin exhibit was last and was adorable as always. Great aquarium.
  • Hands down the best aquarium period. The viewing areas are set up perfect and have a theme to them. They offer plenty of discount packages for everyone so I encourage you to research the deals on Google ahead of time. There are many feeding shows that go on throughout the day here that are must see. They even offer packages where you can swim with the rays or spend time with penguins.
  • This place was absolutely amazing, I've been to the Miami se aquarium and Sea World on Orlando and I have to say this place stands on par if not above them in many respects. Being the fourth sea themed park I been to I honesty expected nothing going to a water park tucked away in Tennessee but it actually blew me away with the design and ability to feel invested in the atmosphere. I went with my 3 & 4 year old nephew and niece and they absolutely loved it and even I who am in my low 20s. They had a live mermaid show where they swam with fish, a large underwater tunnel where we could see sharks, sea turtles, many species of fish eels and more. A booth to touch jellyfish (they don't sting), horseshoe crabs, stingray and sharks even though it's not recommended. All in all I rlly enjoyed the experience obviously and have to recommend.
  • Excellent aquarium! A little more kid focused but certainly more entertaining than the Tennessee Aquarium. Only complaint is that the entrance is kind of small so there's a bit of foot traffic in the beginning, but it clears up. Plenty of things to see and interact with and overall a fantsatic place to visit!
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