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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 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 20:00
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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This place is nothing short of amazing! It has so much in one place. We've been to a lot of aquariums and this place beats them all. We always get a Season Pass, and our young... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Virginia
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Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is nothing short of amazing! It has so much in one place. We've been to a lot of aquariums and this place beats them all. We always get a Season Pass, and our young children easily spend hours exploring the Aquarium, and new Play Land. We always enjoy looking for the large green sea turtle-"Sally." We just love... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was very impressed by this aquarium. Usually, I get kinda bored after a while of looking at fishes, but this aquarium kept my attention the entire time. We saw several different sea creatures and we even saw them feeding them, when we were in the glass tunnel. This aquarium is perfect for families. I recommend this to everyone!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We love the Ripley's Aquarium. It is like no other aquarium I have ever been to in the US. There are a vast variety of fish and sea creatures as well as interactive exhibits. One thing I will say though is that I have never been able to actually touch the rays at Touch A Ray Bay. They are very... More 

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Thank Katie A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome aquarium! This was the first time my husband had gone to the aquarium and he loved it. We was surprised.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ripely's Aquarium of the Smokies combines the beauty of the mountains with the exploration of the oceans. Thousands of fish, sharks and other sea life float effortlessly through the clear waters. There are so many places and angles to view the animals from. They have hands on exhibits for the kids to enjoy and dive shows! Snack bar and a... More 

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Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My fiancé had a great time here and it was a nice way to spend some time, all the Ripley attractions are great!

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Thank Nikki_Volpi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This aquarium was more than any of us expected! There was so much to see and do there. They offer a good selection of hands on activities!

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Thank Whitney S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Took my 2 year old here on a surprise trip for my wife. She loved looking at all of the fish and loved the shows. They have a play place for kids which was a hit with my daughter. We will come back.

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you love aquatic life, this is an adventure to experience! They have everything from penguins to sharks and you can even touch stingrays! Everyone becomes a kid in this setting! Very fun and educational! But don't tell the kids they may learn something!!! 😜

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went with a joint family trip with some cousins. There were 8 of us total, 4 adults and 4 kids. We had an amazing time. I love that the café is next to the sting ray exhibit. My 6 y.o. son was able to watch them feed and interact with the sting rays while we had lunch. We also... More 

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