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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
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+1 888-240-1358
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09:00 - 21:00
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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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We have visited this aquarium several times and have always enjoyed it! It was busy on the day we went, but we still had a wonderful time.

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed today NEW

We have visited this aquarium several times and have always enjoyed it! It was busy on the day we went, but we still had a wonderful time.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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3 reviews
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We headed to the aquarium on a rainy day, and it was a fun few hours. The aquarium definitely highlighted some great and unique fish, and did it in a creative way. Not as elaborate or extensive as other aquariums we've been too, but definitely done well and enjoyable. Can be crowded!

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is one of 2 aquariums in Tennessee. There are plenty of exhibits, with a special exhibit dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

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Thank benjamin693
Westfield, Indiana
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The shark tank in this aquarium was my favorite feature. There is a lot for kids to do and learn at this facility.

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Thank Mike D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I absolutely love aquariums and this one did not disappoint! Lots of aquatic animals and activities for the kids! The staff was friendly and helpful and the facility was very clean. The penguins were the best part! They all had cute name bands on!

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Thank Heather S
Seymour, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

A variety of animals. Three different touch tanks, which is very interactive. Couple different crawl through tunnels which gets you in the middle of the animals cage - kids loved this. The movable walkway around the shark tank was neat. Pearl Harbor rooms were very informative!

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Thank tkauffman
Chattanooga
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4 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wife and I really enjoyed this Aquarium. The Shark Experience was well worth the price of admission. The walk was is a moving walkway and nice to be able to just stand there and observe. Saw fish resting above your head and multiple sharks swimming around. The ability to touch Horseshoe Crabs, Stingrays and Jelly fish was very exciting. The... More 

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Piquot lakes
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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We purchased tickets on- line, and saved considerable time waiting in line, especially since it was drizzling. This is a pretty large facility, and we spent about 4 hours there. We would have spent more time, but the scientific talks were held for a private group. This attraction is very well done, maintained well, and presented in a very appealing... More 

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Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

This was obviously very well thought out and written and we can not thank you enough. Please come back again soon. More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I like animals, but I think I'm just not an "aquarium" person. A few years ago, I went to the Chattanooga Aquarium and was bored by it. Walking around looking at animals in glass cases is just not my idea of fun. My fiancé said this one was better because of the shark ceiling you get to walk under. Granted,... More 

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Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Glad you both enjoyed it, thanks for the review. More 

Kokomo, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you've ever gone to Gatlinburg, TN and not go there, you are missing out on a nice experience. A great place to visit for all ages. Highly recommend it!

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