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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

#2 of 110 things to do in Gatlinburg Features Animals
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Fun for a rainy afternoon

We headed to the aquarium on a rainy day, and it was a fun few hours. The aquarium definitely... read more

Reviewed yesterday
bprahl88
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Lexington, South Carolina
via mobile
Good Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is one of 2 aquariums in Tennessee. There are plenty of exhibits... read more

Reviewed yesterday
benjamin693
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“shark tank” (540 reviews)
“penguin exhibit” (449 reviews)
“sea life” (328 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
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+1 888-240-1358
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We headed to the aquarium on a rainy day, and it was a fun few hours. The aquarium definitely highlighted some great and unique fish, and did it in a creative way. Not as elaborate or extensive as other aquariums we've been too, but definitely...More

Thank bprahl88
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is one of 2 aquariums in Tennessee. There are plenty of exhibits, with a special exhibit dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Thank benjamin693
Reviewed yesterday

The shark tank in this aquarium was my favorite feature. There is a lot for kids to do and learn at this facility.

Thank Mike D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I absolutely love aquariums and this one did not disappoint! Lots of aquatic animals and activities for the kids! The staff was friendly and helpful and the facility was very clean. The penguins were the best part! They all had cute name bands on!

Thank Heather S
Reviewed yesterday

A variety of animals. Three different touch tanks, which is very interactive. Couple different crawl through tunnels which gets you in the middle of the animals cage - kids loved this. The movable walkway around the shark tank was neat. Pearl Harbor rooms were very...More

Thank tkauffman
Reviewed yesterday

Wife and I really enjoyed this Aquarium. The Shark Experience was well worth the price of admission. The walk was is a moving walkway and nice to be able to just stand there and observe. Saw fish resting above your head and multiple sharks swimming...More

Thank dennyl589
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We purchased tickets on- line, and saved considerable time waiting in line, especially since it was drizzling. This is a pretty large facility, and we spent about 4 hours there. We would have spent more time, but the scientific talks were held for a private...More

Thank Keith P
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

This was obviously very well thought out and written and we can not thank you enough. Please come back again soon.

Reviewed 2 days ago

I like animals, but I think I'm just not an "aquarium" person. A few years ago, I went to the Chattanooga Aquarium and was bored by it. Walking around looking at animals in glass cases is just not my idea of fun. My fiancé said...More

Thank Joanna H
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Glad you both enjoyed it, thanks for the review.

Reviewed 2 days ago

If you've ever gone to Gatlinburg, TN and not go there, you are missing out on a nice experience. A great place to visit for all ages. Highly recommend it!

Thank lov2walk
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Thanks for recommending us.

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I love the aquarium. I have gone solo, taken 7th graders on a field trip, and visited with friends. This was my first time taking my 2-year-old. She liked seeing the fish, sharks, sting rays, and penguins. Overall, however, this place is a bit too...More

Thank Amanda E
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Teachers have the hardest jobs, thank you.

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Kinzie M
i see a lot of reviews about kids loving the attraction, my fiancé and i don't have children, just wondering if adults find it fun to? We Love aquariums.
8 May 2017|
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Response from RASMPhillips | Property representative |
Yes, the aquarium is enjoyable for all ages.
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MirandiW
What day of the week seems to be your "less busy" day. We are coming the last week of March.
6 March 2017|
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Response from RASMPhillips | Property representative |
During Spring Break, the best time to visit is right after we open at 9 am or in the evenings.
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tmmc03
How much do the glass bottom boats cost? 3 people are going. (Two 12 year olds and an adult)
6 March 2017|
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Response from RASMPhillips | Property representative |
$9.99 plus tax per person
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