Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg

4.5
#1 of 209 in Parks in Tennessee
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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  • August 14, 2017
    All I can say about the Ripley's Aquarium is wow they sure know how to draw a lot of people at all hours of the day and night. Our visit to the aquarium was interesting. We purchased are tickets onlin...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Some people say u will spend a whole day there that's a lie it was a really nice museum cost for it I don't think is worth it but it is a good size we all enjoyed it and I believe we spent less then a...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We took our 10 year old & almost 1 year old. Both boys loved it & we did too. So many incredible animals to see! My oldest said his fave parts were getting to pet the moon jellyfish & getting to feed ...  more »
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  • September 19, 2017
    Went with our 5 yr old grandson for his 5th birthdayπŸ˜† He had so much fun! We decided to keep it simple since we had not been there before, so we just bought regular admission tickets , no extras. We may do extras next time but it was perfect for a 5 yr old.. Staff was friendly and helpful. I was concerned about visiting an aquarium with my leg in a cast but I had no problems. Highly recommend buying tickets online. Walked right in.
  • August 7, 2017
    Our family (me, wife and 2 college age kids) absolutely loved the aquarium here. It was one of the high lights of our trip in the area. We visited on a Tuesday, and after seeing the crowds on the weekend I would strongly encourage visiting on a Monday- Thursday (true of most attractions). Longest shark tunnel I've ever seen, with incredible views in it. A great variety of different animals and exhibits, and several places to get "hands on" with animals like mantas and even jelly fish! They also had what looked like a great climbing/ play area for the kids, but we were a little old for that. Plan a few hours to walk through and see everything. Absolutely a don't miss attraction in the area.
  • September 25, 2017
    Amazing aquarium experience! So happy that I got to visit whilst down in Tennesee! There are so many animals and fish to see here. My favorite part was the penguin exhibit. You can crawl under the penguins and view them up close through a glass dome. The gift shop was touristy, but that's to be expected. They had a lot of cool stuff there. And, of course, I got a stuffed penguin as a souvenir πŸ™„
  • August 30, 2017
    Best aquarium I've ever been to. My family and I all had a really nice time. This place is enormous but fairly easy to navigate. They have a huge McDonald land style play place right in the middle for kids. I could spend hours in there I took my seven month old baby girl. I loved watching her eyes light up as she watched swarms of fish swim over head πŸ˜ŠπŸŸπŸ πŸ‘πŸ¦‘πŸ¦€πŸ¦πŸ™πŸ˜
  • September 8, 2017
    Great experience! Our boys, 1, 4, 6, loved it all. One was a bit scared walking in though as it begins by going through a "tunnel" of some sorts. We had to carry him through. After that, however, it was a great experience. The workers are very knowledgeable and loved teaching us about the horseshoe crabs. The moving walkway under the shark tank is AWESOME.

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