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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Phone Number: +1 888-240-1358
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Description: ALL NEW! LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! SWARM! More Fish, New Creatures, New...
ALL NEW! LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! SWARM! More Fish, New Creatures, New Critters, More Bugs! Watch them swarm in this Innovative & Interactive Exhibit! Marvel at 12-foot sharks, the giant sea turtle, thousands of exotic sea creatures and playful penguins swimming as you enjoy the State-of-the-Art Clear Underwater Tunnels throughout the Aquarium! An Ultimate Underwater Experience without being wet! Explore many unique underwater worlds and the Best Shark Exhibit in the Most Spectacular Underwater Tunnel. Enjoy entertaining dive and feeding shows. Pet horseshoe crabs and stingrays. Enjoy playful penguins swimming, pop up on the penguins' private beach and get nose-to-beak. Fun-Filled family experience and MUCH MORE!
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Beautiful exhibits

So many cool things to see, loved the way we got to go under some aquariums to see them in more ways than one. Being able to touch the horseshoe crabs and stingrays was neat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Boaz, Alabama
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Boaz, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

So many cool things to see, loved the way we got to go under some aquariums to see them in more ways than one. Being able to touch the horseshoe crabs and stingrays was neat, especially loved the little fish we got to touch, they tickled. The only complaint was is was a bit expensive, but most vacation attractions are.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The aquarium was so much fun and interactive. I think I could have stayed all day and continued to per the sting rays. Very pleasant and yet fun atmosphere.

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dakotae575, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Rebecca R, Thank you for your review! We are glad to read that you had a lot of fun and were able to have a blast with all of our interactives! We hope that you will come back to see us again soon! Thank you! More 

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11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

It was a wonderful time spent with our family. Even my 15 year old enjoyed himself. We hope to visit again. My younger girls really enjoyed the Penguins and all of my kids enjoyed the shark tanks. They also enjoyed being able to touch the stingrays. Surprisingly my 15 year old enjoyed that too.

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dakotae575, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Erin I, Thank you for your review! We are elated to read that you had a great experience at our aquarium and that you were able to spend time and have fun with your children! The penguins and the shark tank are the most popular exhibits, they are really neat, especially being able to go underwater, it is like a... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

this place if fun. if you want a day trip with kids its great. also very accomodating when i take my friends from school there .i work with special needs. also recommend the food there is very good. its a little pricey but good non the less. the shark tank is awesome, petting stingrays is fun and the kid area... More 

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dakotae575, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Shawn M, Thank you for your review! We love to read about everyones experience and we are elated that you had so much fun! We hope that you will come back to see us again soon! Thank you! More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We visit several aquariums in the southeast and this is one of our favorites. The exhibits are well maintained and the aquarium is clean. The penguins are fun to watch and our kids loved the place. It is slightly overpriced in my opinion but it was cheaper than the Georgia aquarium.

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dakotae575, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

JFTN, Thank you for your review! It means a lot to us to read that we are one of your favorite aquariums! We do try to make sure that we keep everything nice and clean so that it does not take away from your experience. We love reading about your favorite parts and the penguins really are hilarious to watch!... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

The aquarium was really nice and all the exhibits were very interesting. I had never been to a aquarium before so I was quite excited to go. However, it was extremely expensive just to walk through the place for only around 10-20 minutes. It's a really neat experience if you've never been to an aquarium but other than that I... More 

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dakotae575, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Allison O, Thank you for your review. I am very surprised that you made it through our aquarium in 20 minutes! Usually it takes everyone about 2 hours to walk through and see every animal but we do apologize for your experience and this means that we will have to look for ways of improvement which we do strive to... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

My husband and I have been to many aquariums and this is one of the best. On the day we went there were not too many people, so that helped. We could see all of the animals without too much fuss. I even saw a couple of animals I had not seen at other aquariums. After one of the fish... More 

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dakotae575, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

SpacePastry, Thank you for your review! We are elated to read that you and your husband had a great experience at our aquarium! We are glad that you were able to take time and look at all of the animals and even talk to one of our divers! We hope that you all will come back to see us again... More 

Lexington, Kentucky
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We've been here several times and each time has been great. The special exhibits are always neat. My son loves the play area and the whole facility is always clean.

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dakotae575, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are elated to read that you had a great experience and that you and your family had so much fun seeing the exhibits! We hope that you will come back to see us again soon! Thank you! More 

Pittsburgh, PA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Great Aquarium! We had a blast there. They have a penguin exhibit, huge tank with sharks, turtles and tons of other sea life. Petting the stingrays was so cool and I definately recommend going there!

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dakotae575, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

DanaOC21, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are elated to read that you enjoyed our penguin exhibit and our shark lagoon tunnel! It means a lot to us that you recommend people to come to us and we hope that you will come back to see us again soon! Thank you! More 

Indiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth visiting each year we come to Gatlinburg and it never gets old. It is honestly fun for all ages! There's so much to see. Highly recommend this place!!

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dakotae575, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Jenn S, Thank you for your review! We are elated to read that you had a lot of fun and it means a lot to us to be recommended! We hope that you will come back to see us agin soon! Thank you! More 

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