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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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Great for the area, but can't beat the Shedd!

Nice attraction for the south...but it can't beat the Shedd Aquarium in IL... The pinguen exhibit... read more

Reviewed yesterday
hjendo
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Canton, Michigan
Awesome!

This is by far the best aquarium I've visited. My kids aged 5 loved it. I highly recommend a visit... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Colleen J
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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%
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“shark tank” (546 reviews)
“penguin exhibit” (456 reviews)
“sea life” (332 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 22:00
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

Nice attraction for the south...but it can't beat the Shedd Aquarium in IL... The pinguen exhibit was the best for the outdoor part. The penguins that followed us were very interactive and happy.

Thank hjendo
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is by far the best aquarium I've visited. My kids aged 5 loved it. I highly recommend a visit to this facility. Very clean, lots of things to do for the kids. The shark exhibit is phenomenal. We all loved it. I think we...More

Thank Colleen J
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Awesome Aquarium and the fish are amazing - great facility! Good for the hole family, children will have a blast

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I would not usually associate an aquarium with mountains, but this facility rivals those near the ocean. I visited with an 8-year-old, 13-year-old, husband and 70+ year-old grandparents. This experience had something for everyone. I loved the moving walkway under the sharks. My son enjoyed...More

Thank thevanngoes
Reviewed yesterday

We visited the Ripley's Aquarium yesterday with ourselves, grandparents and two children ages 3 and 6 months. Each one of us had an amazing time! The aquarium was handicap accessible for a walker as well as very accessible punching a double jogging stroller, with plenty...More

Thank Nita A
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We loved walking through seeing all of the animals. We plan on going back sometime in the near future!

Thank Tegan S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very educational and overall great experience. The mermaid show was cool. We will be back again soon!

Thank William H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Variety of animals faculty and restrooms clean. Things to keep the children entertained and adults too

Thank glp0809
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for the review, come back again soon.

Reviewed 2 days ago

This is one of the best aquariums I've ever been in. The place is small, but they have utilized the space they have well. The tunnel through the shark tank is treat to walk through. They have both a moving and non-moving sidewalk. In addition,...More

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

Thanks for the compliments, it sounds like you got to see everything. Come back and see us again soon.

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Again love this place we always make sure to visit the aquarium the new attraction is the glass bottom boat!!! This was so exciting to be so close with the shark's!!! And to see Sally the turtle, it was awesome!!!!

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

A Sally sighting, lucky you! Glad that you enjoyed yourself. Thanks for the review.

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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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