Trip Planner:   USA  /  Tennessee  /  Sevier County  /  Gatlinburg  /  Zoos & Aquariums  /  Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg

4.5
#1 of 209 in Parks in Tennessee
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
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.
Create an itinerary including Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
11,209 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
Google
  • This place! If you come to tr he Smokies on vacation there are 2 tourist attractions you MUST visit while you're here. Go to Ripley's Aquarium and Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede. Lucky for you, they offer package deals for tickets to both. Plan to spend several hours at this attraction. Plenty to do for the young and old. Huge play area, sharks, iguanas, sting rays, penguins and you'll get to see Sandy the sea turtle if you're lucky! Awesome place. I've been there several times!
  • It was huge with diverse marine wildlife on display in informative and fun habitats. There are shows such a the mermaid dive and interactive displays such as the Ray Bay. There is an additional interactive penguin experience available for a fee. I had a blast! On my way out the largest manta ray splashed the hell out of me for taking too long to pet it after I fed it. Cool experience!
  • This exhibit is wonderful for the kids , no matter the age group they will all have fun. From the beginning to the end , there are tons of options to look and feel your way through the self guided tour. The underwater tunnel always amazes everyone and is a modern marvel. New additions such as a 3 story play area for kids and the pearl harbor side museum and a nice touch as well. Overall a great experience.
  • We came here for our honeymoon and went to the penguin experience and it was incredible! The staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The walk through the aquarium was great too! There is plenty of information to take in and the animals were all very active. I can't wait to come back!
  • This is the absolute Best!!! aquarium we've ever been to. And we've been to some aquariums. Very seriously ginormous. Great multi point views of the same HUGE displays(literally they take a glass bottom boat out on this display). Not that there's only one... this place has everything. You will not be disappointed if you go here.w

Plan your trip to Gatlinburg

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Gatlinburg

As gateway to one of the country's major national parks, Gatlinburg offers plenty of economical rooms to satisfy the needs and budgets of most travelers. Good-value motels remain the best option for those looking for adventure in the great outdoors. If you need more than just a decent bed, consider the area's cabin rentals, which provide loads of space and unparalleled privacy. Alternatively, reserve a site at one of many local campgrounds to experience the Great Smoky Mountains at night.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Gatlinburg by other users

5 days in Sevier County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Tennessee BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Tennessee BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, teens, kids, culture, relaxing, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, teens, kids, culture, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in United States BY A USER FROM BELGIUM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Sevier County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Gatlinburg BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Tennessee BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Tennessee BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in United States BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA June, teens, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Tennessee BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans