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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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  • It was a good experience. It is odd having an aquarium full of ocean animals in the mountains, but that doesn't take away from the experience. The penguins are my favorite part. One penguin, Suzie, st...  more »
  • So many different animals. Can tell that they are taken care of extremely well. Will definitely visit again.  more »
  • Me and my wife went here and we had fun looking at all the different fish, i even touched a jellyfish. that was neat. i would recomend this to anybody kids will have a blast  more »
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  • 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.
  • We loved this place! Tons to see and lots to explore. You can touch several of the creatures including the jellyfishes and stingrays. We also loved watching the penguins turn on the handlers 😂
  • loved going here with my boyfriend! We spent a good 2 hours in here. Getting to touch the jellyfish was pretty amazing and he loves all sorts of fish so he was like a kid in a candy shop watching all the different species and reading about them.
  • Awesome aquarium! Worth it to pay the extra ten dollars to add 2 extra attractions! They had so many sharks and stingrays. They had a good variety of creatures as well. Would definitely go here again!
  • I don't normally care for aquariums, but we got discounted tickets from the company we rented our cabin from so we went. I was amazed! The sharks in the underground tunnel were so close it was like we could touch them. AND I got to do the penguin experience! I got to pet and have my photo taken with a beautiful penguin named Miss. Molly! It was an amazing half hour! I highly recommend checking it out. It was only $40 and totally worth it!