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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Spring break for our middle schoolers

Had a great time at the aquarium with our kids and in-laws here from the philippines, so much too... read more

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charles p
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Beautiful, Well-Maintained Aquarium

The Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies was amazing! Our group included three adults and a six year... read more

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Katie S
Saint Louis, Missouri
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“penguin exhibit”(542 reviews)
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN, is literally teeming with life - over 10,000 exotic sea creatures in 350 individual species. There are more fish in this aquarium than there are people living in the entire town of Gatlinburg!
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88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a great time at the aquarium with our kids and in-laws here from the philippines, so much too see.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank charles p
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies was amazing! Our group included three adults and a six year old boy. There was something for everyone. The Shark Lagoon had a 340 foot underwater tunnel with various fish, sharks, and sawfish. There was an area to touch...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Katie S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The best part about this aquarium is how well everything is spaced out. I never felt once over crowded in the exhibits, I loved the hands on activities they had for adults and children. And of course there’s no beating the under water tunnel looking...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Hannahskye22
Reviewed yesterday

Wow!! This place was amazing. We recently visited with our young kids (9 & 3). They both loved it and wanted to go back again. If you're going to the Gatlinburg area, definitely make it a point to go to the aquarium.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank AWW38
Reviewed yesterday

First of all, we had a blast here. Shark Lagoon is world class. Stingray Bay is amazing along with the penguins. We got to watch the divers at Coral Reef and Stingray Bay, let your kids interact with the diver afterwards! Unfortunately we witnessed a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank honeymooners25
Reviewed yesterday

What an amazing place! Beautiful aquariums with so many interesting creatures. A huge indoor play area, glass bottom boat rides and an underwater tunnel that will surround you with sharks, stingrays and more! There are penguins, starfish, octopuses, and more. Don’t forget to check out...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Vanessa I
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was actually when the "swarm" exhibit was on display that we visited. The kids enjoyed walking around learning about the different types of animals and "swarm".

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank MSMomx3
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We really liked the aquarium and spent over 2 hours there looking at all the exhibits and interactive displays.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ron B
Reviewed yesterday

it was nice...not as big as I thought it would be but my family liked it and loved the penguins. The sharks were cool my grandson liked the bif viewing glass. I liked the conveyor belt in the tunnel.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Eric N Carla A
Reviewed 2 days ago

This Aquarium has is all. The sharks, sting rays. All of it. affordable and being so remote away from the ocean had a very nice saltwater collection

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jeffery M
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12 February 2019|
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Response from Wiseguy90 | Reviewed this property |
Check different tourist areas. The will usally have brochures with coupons. Also the welcome center in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg should as well! Have fun!
20 January 2019|
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Response from Firemedic26 | Reviewed this property |
We haven't done it here, we did it in grand Cayman and really enjoyed it
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5 January 2019|
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Response from mkturner52 | Reviewed this property |
Look on line, I felt it was well worth the money. The penguin paintings are different prices depending on the size of the canvas. No extra charge for the touch tanks.