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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 - 20:00
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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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Our whole family enjoyed this Aquarium. They have nice clean exhibits, great staff, and something for everyone. The kids loved being able to touch several different things.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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West Monroe, Louisiana
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our whole family enjoyed this Aquarium. They have nice clean exhibits, great staff, and something for everyone. The kids loved being able to touch several different things.

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Mansfield, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our preschooler didn't want to leave and talked about the aquarium all day. We got there a little after 9 am during the week. There were a lot more people by 10 am and I was very glad we went early! The exhibits are high quality and well maintained and staffed so worth the admission cost.

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Birmingham AL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great aquarium with lots of different types of fish and exhibits. To me it ranks right up there with Chattanooga and Atlanta.

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Thank kgatgens
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great aquarium, very impressive collection of sand tiger sharks. They had a good number of interactive and hands on exhibits which were great for kids- and adults too!

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Opp, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited for the day and had a great time. The lighting, the attractions and the atmosphere was perfect. It was very interactive for the children which kept them engaged and entertained. We will definitely be back.

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Blue Ridge, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The aquarium was the perfect birthday gift for my 4 years old daughter who loves animals. There was so much to see and so many neat exhibits. She was able to pet jellyfish and sharks, play in the kiddie area, and be close to the penguins. We most enjoyed the shark exhibit. The conveyer belt (or whatever it is) was... More 

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Hellertown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great way to spend time indoors in bad weather. We spent most of the day walking around and around. So much to see and enjoy.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We just visited with our teen boys for Spring Break. They got to touch the jellyfish and sting rays, walk under the sharks swimming above us, it was very enthralling!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We loved it! Amazing things to view. We wish the staff was a little more involved, they kinda just stood around, didn't approach customers at all. But we will definitely be back with our kiddos to see!!

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Michigan City, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had tons of fun. Little packed because if spring break but its a given.pivture package was decently priced. I know tje Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is much more expensive. Loved the tunnel and moving sidewalk. Cool sharks..no dolphins though. Still had a great time!!!

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