Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg

4.5
#1 of 356 in Parks in Tennessee
Must see · Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
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Explore the wonders of the underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. The world-class aquarium offers an array of interactive exhibits, with over 10,000 sea creatures of over 350 diverse species. Stand on the moving pathway as it takes you through the aquarium's underwater tunnel to admire giant sea turtles and 3.7 m (12 ft) sharks. Enjoy a hands-on experience in the tide pool exhibit, where you can handle horseshoe crabs and stingrays, or stay for a diving and feeding show with the dolphins. Check the aquarium’s website before your visit, as discount tickets are often available. Make Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies a part of your Gatlinburg vacation plans using our Gatlinburg trip itinerary planner.
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies reviews

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  • It was really crowded but everyone was very courteous and the grandkids enjoyed seeing all the sea creatures. They really enjoyed the penguin parade and the rays 
    It was really crowded but everyone was very courteous and the grandkids enjoyed seeing all the sea creatures. They really enjoyed the penguin parade and the rays  more »
  • What an absolute pleasure to see this exhibit. I don't care what you are doing..DO NOT MISS THIS! You will see many exhibits from the fish perspective . We spent about 3-4 hours there and this was... 
    What an absolute pleasure to see this exhibit. I don't care what you are doing..DO NOT MISS THIS! You will see many exhibits from the fish perspective . We spent about 3-4 hours there and this was...  more »
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  • Me and my whole family adore this Aquarium! We've been here a couple times now and have had a blast each visit. The shows they put on are entertaining and educational. We were able to see the Penguin march this past visit and it was absolutely adorable! We also ate lunch inside the Aquarium and got to sit right near the stingrays and watch them while we ate. The food was delicious as well. We already can't wait to visit again.
  • This place is amazing. Made me feel like a kid again. The exhibits were awesome and the shark tank that you can walk under....all I can say is WOW!!!. Never in my life did I ever contemplate being able to see a shark this close nor watch it swim by while standing underneath and see its underside. Truly as amazing place to visit. Large diversity of marine life.

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