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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

#2 of 109 things to do in Gatlinburg Features Animals
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Nice Aquarium, doesn't take long to go through

This was a nice surprise in Gatlinburg. It has a trolley stop, so it is convenient to visit. The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Laura B
Huntsville, United States
One of the Best Aquariums!!

Our family loves aquariums, and we really enjoyed this one! We've been to the Ripley's Aquarium in... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Cheryl F
Akron, Ohio
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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!
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 22:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Reviewed yesterday

This was a nice surprise in Gatlinburg. It has a trolley stop, so it is convenient to visit. The aquarium is a nice family place to visit. It was smaller than I thought, so it doesn't take too long to visit the entire place. I...More

Thank Laura B
Reviewed yesterday

Our family loves aquariums, and we really enjoyed this one! We've been to the Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, but this was our first visit to the Smokies, and we knew we had to see the Aquarium. It was on the top of our list,...More

Thank Cheryl F
Reviewed yesterday

It had been more than 10 years since the last time I had visited this aquarium, and I was not disappointed! I am always in awe watching the sea creatures flying through the water, and this was no different. I thought going through the shark...More

Thank Suzanne E
Reviewed yesterday

Open views of everything so it didnt get too crowded. There were lots of different species to look at.

Thank scottkat02
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was the highlight of our trip to the aquarium. We had to pay reg. admission then an additional $30 per person to go into the stingray habitat. Be prepared you are going into the same habitat that is sitting in the middle of the...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

Don't go with huge expectations, as the entire place is "indoors" ... however, Ripley does an amazing job with their habitats for their different species of animals. If you have animal lovers in your family, this should be at the top of your list! It's...More

Thank jns621
Reviewed 2 days ago

Simply put A DO NOT MISS PLACE in Gatlinburg!!! Our whole family loves this place and will definitely head there again next time in town...if we don't my wife and children might revolt and hang me up on the Ober Gatlinburg Tram! ;0)

Thank ERRon16
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The aquarium is a lot of fun, but pricey. I wouldn't have gone if I didn't find a coupon but it definitely is cute! Well set up, and enjoyable for a family outing. Clean and friendly staff!

Thank Lindsey M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We really liked the aquarium a lot. Gatlinburg is one of our favorite places to vacation. We were so worried about the aquarium during the fire. I was so grateful that it survived that tragedy. I wanted to see all of the aquatic animals myself....More

Thank PWilly69
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Awesome aquarium. So much to see...and the sharks were sooo cool. Nice gift shop too. Definitely recommend.

Thank Laura T
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How much does a ticket cost for Seniors?
19 June 2017|
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Response from Steve C | Reviewed this property |
$27.99 for just an aquarium only ticket. I don't believe they have a senior discount. I could be wrong though.
Brian H
Myrtle Beach Ripleys let's teachers in free. They said that applies at all Ripleys. Is that true here?
14 June 2017|
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Response from Dan C | Property representative |
Teachers are $10.99 plus tax.
Miranda N
Is there free parking?
30 May 2017|
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Response from Dan C | Property representative |
We do not have a parking lot here, however, there are lots and garages all around us that are owned by the City of Gatlinburg. They do charge for that.