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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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All of us really enjoyed the aquarium from the adults to the 14, 11 and 9 year old. Great exhibits in a clean and fun environment. Lots of information for an educational... read more

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Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

All of us really enjoyed the aquarium from the adults to the 14, 11 and 9 year old. Great exhibits in a clean and fun environment. Lots of information for an educational experience as well as hands on experiences that were a favorite by all. For $3 you could get 3 small fish to feed the sting rays and the... More 

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Norwood, OH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
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We hadn't planned on visiting the aquarium on our recent trip to Gatlinburg. It was getting pretty warm that afternoon and it was nice to take a break and go inside. Our cabin company had given us a practically free ($1) ticket with the purchase of another adult ticket. Last time we had visited was in 2003 with our boys.... More 

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I really enjoy aquariums! This place was really nice and great for kids, but I'm not sure if I would go again. The shark exhibit was very nice, but one of the sharks was injured. There is a clear bottom boat ride over the sharks. It looks like the shark ran into it and it had a gash on the... More 

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A little crowded, but fun. We enjoyed ourselves. Pearl Harbor was good. The kids enjoyed the touch tanks.

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Thank scsmlac
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The best Aquarium I've ever seen in my life. Beautiful place a sight to see. Loved it. The lighting of the aquarium was just beautiful colorful.

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Thank Tamara S
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My boyfriend and I spent hours here! We loved every second of it! If you bundle your ticket with other attractions, it's actually cheaper. It was worth every penny.

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SAINT LOUIS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are so many in-your-face touristy attractions on the main strip, that it can be overwhelming. This aquarium was a very nice altetnative. So many good, we'll maintained exhibits! And it is AZA accredited! The main tank has an underwater tunnel that is stunning. Well worth the visit.

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Cedar Bluff, Alabama
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We always enjoy the aquarium and just have to take the boys!! It is fun for all ages and we love the interactive exhibits!

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been to a variety of aquariums all over and normally I have a good time, but this one was not worth the money, in my opinion. The tickets are very pricey per person, there's a lot of sales pressure to add on other attractions and features, and you get inside and there isn't as much there as there is... More 

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Madisonville, Kentucky
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Everything always seems more expensive in the mountains but overall I was pretty impressed with the aquarium. I love going to aquariums to see all the different types of fish. This is the biggest ones I've gone. I wasn't expecting to see as many fish as we were able to since I thought the building looked small for what it... More 

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