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“Surprisingingly wonderful experience”

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ranked #2 of 119 things to do in Gatlinburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 8 March 2012

We stoped in Gatl;inbug for one night and decided to give the aquarium a try. We were humbled at first the generous military discount they offered( hubby is NG active duty). Then we were astounded at the shark display, sting ray hands on exhibit and huge tanks you could walk under to view all kinds of different fish life. What an amazing place! We walked from our hotel in the downtown area so the location fit right in for us and our hotel. We would highly recommend a visit. Our girls were 8 and 11 and got so much out of it in just a few hours. Best of all was the penguin exhibit where our girls got to climb in clear acrylic tubes and join the penguins in their exhibit up close and personal.

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Reviewed 7 March 2012

It's nice but it usually extremely crowded, which is a big turn off for me. The penguins playhouse wasn't what I thought it would be.

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Reviewed 7 March 2012

Visited the aquarium in Myrtle Beach, SC some years back, was not impressed. So, when we seen this one, we thought "if you have seen one, you have seen them all." We almost didn't visit. We decided to give it a try and so glad we did. Very nice, clean and almost brand new.

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Reviewed 6 March 2012

The best $100 I ever spent. It was fascinating for every member of our family from toddlers to senior citizens. The build entrance is technically handicapped accessible, but it's a very very very long distance from the parking garage, and the pitch of the ramps are way too steep (not standard ADA). Inside the entire aquarium has ramped walkways throughout. Most of the tanks are easily visible for children & adults in walkers, wheelchairs, or strollers. The kid's tunnels under the tanks were too short for our toddler wheelchair, put she was able to crawl through. The access bubbles are out of reach for kids who cannot stand. All the exhibits were filled with live attractions. The walkway through the main tank was spectacular. We spent 6 hours at the aquarium and it was pure pleasure.

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Reviewed 6 March 2012

It was very fun even with us who had a 2 year old.

Thank Robin C
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