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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
Phone Number: +1 888-240-1358
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09:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN, is literally teeming...

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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Underwater Delight

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies was an underwater delight. You could tell by the health and vitality of the animals that the staff loves them. The aquarium is handicap... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to the aquarium because it was rainy and we wanted something indoors.....this turned out to be one of the best days because this aquarium is so interesting and fun for all ages. The exhibits are very interesting, the lay-out is easy to follow, there are plenty of wheelchairs available for guests needing them and there's a clean and... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies was an underwater delight. You could tell by the health and vitality of the animals that the staff loves them. The aquarium is handicap accessible which makes it great for everyone. The whole area was very clean. Interaction with the stingrays and jellys made me feel like a kid again. Speaking of kids, there is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our kids had a great time. Lots of interesting things to see and explore. It takes about 2 hours or less to see everything at your pace

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Whenever we visit Gatlinburg we love to stop at the aquarium. Ripley's attractions gives a discount to military and are very nice to deal with. It seems that they are very attentive to their animals and keep the place clean and the attractions don't appear old and neglected.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Was so impressed with this aquarium!! My favorite was the penguins! I think the setting of the aquarium in regards to location and views in Gatlinburg are just gorgeous!!! Don't miss this attraction!!

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Thank Susan L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not much has changed over the years for the main exhibits, but like any good zoo or aquarium, you really don't care. It's still amazing seeing the fish and relaxing watching them swim set to soft music. What has been updated since the last time I visited was a large play area built in the middle of the aquarium for... More 

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Crab Orchard, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a great tip seeing all the animals at the Aquarium. Was a little crowded but I expected that. Two thumbs up.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I think this is the best one that Ripley's has it was a great place to spend the day, and loved the Penguins. That is the main reason we went there was to see them.

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Montpelier, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I always make sure we go see to the Aquarium. Fun, and interesting to see all the different types of creatures of the sea.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our favorite aquarium that we have been to. We live in Atlanta and I honestly like the Ripleys aquarium better than the Georgia Aquarium. Sharks are awesome

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