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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
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+1 888-240-1358
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09:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN, is literally teeming...

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!

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MARSHA

This was a nice place to visit, I enjoyed the glass bottom boat and seen the sharks swimming under boat while the guide told us what kind they was and information about them.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a nice place to visit, I enjoyed the glass bottom boat and seen the sharks swimming under boat while the guide told us what kind they was and information about them.

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Thank Marsha K
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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52 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved the aquarium in the Smokies. Especially the glass walkway where the fish are swimming around you. A gem in the mountains....definitely visit.

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5 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you have kids with you, a great way to spend a couple of hours. Been once, that's enough. Kind of pricey, even with discount passes or coupons.

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Nesbit, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Solid experience! The aquarium had like linear trail experience to visit everything in the aquarium. Great for families with kids.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Definitely your typical aquarium. It was very busy this time we went but still fun. The penguin playhouse was a cute addition to a normal aquarium experience. The view of the river outside is very pretty. We really enjoyed seeing some of the Pearl Harbor exhibit and watching a scuba diver clean the seahorses tank.

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Ridge Manor, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went with a few friends and we were able to pet a few diferent animals! i would def say this is a to do for sure

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

Glad you and your friends enjoyed it. More 

Santa Rosa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots to see. Very extensive. We paid an extra $10.00 to go on the glass-bottom boat, but you really don't need to because all of the views are good.

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

It IS huge! Glad you enjoyed your day, come back again. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The entrance is so crowded and unorganized that you can barely get in. We were shoulder-to-shoulder trying to get past the first exhibit. There weren't employees guiding people to help with congestion. So, it was crowded. Also, the exhibits were not great. Not what I would expect from an aquarium. Definitely not spending the money to go back to another... More 

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

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I took my wife and eight-year-old son and they had a really good time. They have a room dedicated to the Pearl Harbor attack and I enjoyed the history lesson with replicas of advertising from the World War II era. It's really cool to see the shark swimming overhead through the glass ceiling.

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

Thanks for the review, come back soon. More 

Athens, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have to admit that I thought this would be like any other aquarium and my husband was the one that encouraged me to go. He made the right call on this one. It did not disappoint. They have quite a variety of marine life but the way they are displayed is what makes this so enjoyable. The best was... More 

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

Glad that your husband dragged you in! Come back and see us again soon. More 

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