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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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Wonderful Aquarium!

The Ripley's Aquarium is very nice, especially the glass tunnel where you ride a moving walkway... read more

Reviewed yesterday
tambrew
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Brookhaven, Mississippi
Expensive but nice

We enjoyed our visit here though it was expensive it was very nice. LOVE the conveyer belt that... read more

Reviewed yesterday
kimpoole2016
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Bethpage, Tennessee
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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%
Travellers talk about
“shark tank” (547 reviews)
“penguin exhibit” (461 reviews)
“sea life” (332 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

The Ripley's Aquarium is very nice, especially the glass tunnel where you ride a moving walkway under the main aquarium. You get a very nice and upclose view of sharks and other water life. The penguin exhibit is very nice and offers shows and personal...More

Thank tambrew
Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed our visit here though it was expensive it was very nice. LOVE the conveyer belt that "walks" you around.

Thank kimpoole2016
Reviewed yesterday

We always visit Ripley's Aquarium during our visit to Gatlinburg. There is a great variety of animals for kids to learn about, as well as their special exhibits.

Thank Whitney B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The entire family love this aquarium. There was something for everyone. The animal swimming over top of you was an amazing view.

Thank mandajacobs
Reviewed yesterday

The Aquarium is a terrific experience. My family spent about three hours there, but could have stayed longer. It is definitely a must see in Gatlinburg! My teenagers enjoyed it as much this time as they did when they were younger. The Aquarium has great...More

Thank BeachLover1997
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wonderful experience and a great entertainment area for kids! Definitely a must do on your list of excursions, in fact, Gatlinburg is a super stunning, super child friend tourist destination!!

Thank judster7129
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for all the compliments, come back again soon.

Reviewed 2 days ago

Second best aquarium I've ever been to. The shark tunnel is the BEST I've ever seen. It is lengthy and moves real slow. You can even step off of it to get some good pictures. Most places let you pet stingrays. This place lets you...More

Thank TLHKNXG
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are so glad that you had a great time, thanks for the review.

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Hands down, best aquarium I've ever been to. Clean, excellent exhibit flow, and it never gets too crowded (I'm looking at you, Baltimore). There's a large play area in the center for tiny kids to blow off energy. The penguin area is really neat. Bonus...More

Thank Amelia M
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Well thank you for agreeing with us that we are the best! Come back and see us again.

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were able to enjoy our trip to the aquarium with a young child! The stroller had easy access as well as being able to take her our and enjoy the aquariums. We visit the aquarium each time with visit the Smokies!

Thank whaas91
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We look forward to the next time you visit. Thanks for the review.

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth the money! Enjoyed every exhibit and had no trouble getting my mother in law through in her wheelchair. We spent 2 1/2 hours in there and probably could have done a couple more with no problem.

Thank Becca P
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for the review, come back again soon.

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donnacottingham1
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.
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Brian H
Myrtle Beach Ripleys let's teachers in free. They said that applies at all Ripleys. Is that true here?
15 June 2017|
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Response from Dan C | Property representative |
Teachers are $10.99 plus tax.
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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.
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