Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg

4.5
#1 of 339 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. Make Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies a part of your Gatlinburg vacation plans using our Gatlinburg trip itinerary planner .
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  • This was the highlight of our trip, especially for my child that wants to be a marine biologist when they grow up. We took our time and visited all the exhibits and watched the dive show. Just wish th...  more »
  • We have visited the aquarium several times. It is an excellent visit, especially for children of all ages. There are many hands on educational exhibits. The aquarium also has a dedicated area for spec...  more »
  • Very cool aquarium with a nice atmosphere. Walking under the sharks was a highlight. Worth price of admission  more »
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  • We love this aquarium! Not too big, not too small, and great hours (open late), sometimes until 10 or 11 pm. It has a little bit of everything to see from massive open aquarium views to walking through the "tube" and feeling immersed in the aquarium. Very tidy and clean and always a good time. We got a season pass and have come back for multiple visits. There's an interactive part of the aquarium where you can even touch jellyfish. We also loved how close up you could get to the penguins. This place is well worth the visit.
  • Went on a Sunday afternoon, not very busy, which was great. Open until 11pm, which is also great. Very much like the Ripley's aquarium in Myrtle Beach, except with some penguins. They do have an awesome play area for the kids, touch the rays and horseshoe crabs. Definitely worth visiting. Did not get food here as it was obviously going to be expensive. 4 slices of pizza and 4 drinks for $25. All in all, a great place to visit.
  • Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies was a great visit! The exhibits were all nice and well kept and the animals looked healthy and well taken care of. It was very crowded the Saturday we went, but you never felt overwhelmed or that the crowd was too much. Everything flowed well and the entire place is set up very nicely. They offer a small first responder discount, which I appreciate, and a very good active duty military discount. I like to support businesses that support these population bases, even though they do not have a duty or obligation to do so. Well done Ripley's and thank you for the great service and maintenance of a great aquarium!
  • The main attraction of this aquarium is the shark tunnel which is incredible. However, I feel like the rest of exhibits are somewhat small and spread out. There is a lot for kids to do, including two multi level playgrounds, and educational activities which I think are great. But for me as an adult, I would have been disappointed if we had paid the full $35 admission price. (We got in on a promotion.) It feels very touristy inside because they sell food throughout the aquarium and it is very loud. If you don't have kids, save your money and go to the Tennessee Aquarium or Georgia Aquarium instead. If you have kids, 4/5 stars.
  • Everything was amazing, spent over 8 hours in here, and I must say that I don't think there was a second wasted. They had something for everyone, an Amazon exhibit, some historical exhibits, and you get to feed and pet Stingrays! Also, the staff was so pleasant with my 2 kids. Prices for food were pretty reasonable. I talked with a few of the locals and if youre a Tennessee resident, donate school supplies to the aquarium, the admission price is only $10 per person.
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