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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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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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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We took our two little ones to the aquarium and they loved it. Lots of hands on activities and lots for them to do and explore!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
Jessica F
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Marion, North Carolina
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Marion, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We took our two little ones to the aquarium and they loved it. Lots of hands on activities and lots for them to do and explore!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We went to the aquarium on a Sunday morning. It wasn't overly crowded with people but it sure packed in a lot to see from the rays to the jellyfish and several different kinds of sharks There were quite a few interactive exhibits including touching horseshoe crabs and having your hands "cleaned" by doctor fish. The staff was all very... More 

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

Vittoria M, Thanks for the great review! We can't wait to have you back! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The shark tank that you walk through and under was AMAZING!! My wife and I were like little kids and went through twice. You can pet sting rays! Very bright, colorful and informative. Get there first thing when they open other wise by 11 it is starts getting super busy.

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Paul B, Thanks for the great review! We can't wait to have you back! More 

Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Perhaps the best aquarium I've ever been to. Sally, the turtle, being my main attraction, but the penguins, the giant octopus, and the crazy amount of sharks is just beyond awesome. Minus one star for ripping off us tourists, as "locals" get in for 1/2 price. It makes you feel stupid when you find out, and they don't care to... More 

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RainySummers, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We hope to have you back soon! Thank you! More 

Panama City, Florida, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Been to the Atlanta Aquarium and so far this is the best Ive seen, friendly staff and a diver helped a guy propose to his girlfriend while feeding fish!

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

Evan O, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We can't wait to have you back! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband and I have visited the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies on many occasions in the company of our kids and grandkids. What an exciting experience to learn and have fun! The food at their cafeteria is good and affordable.

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Canton, Nc Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

We have been here several times, but none in the recent past. My 13 yo son and 10 daughter liked it, but did not LOVE it. It has some intriguing and interesting exhibits. It was crowded, but if you are a bit patient you can get to see everything and experience what you want. Exiting through the gift shop can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I love this place, been a couple of times. Got to see all kinds of animals, wish my camera had taken better pictures. Got to touch a manta ray, best time ever! A great spot to take kids. I don't like that they make you exit thru the gift shop though.

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Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

GREAT place with beautiful exhibits. Because we're facebook fans we got in at a great cost - especially with 5 of us! The GrandGirls LOVED it. They especially enjoyed the touch tanks. Their favorite was the "doc fish". They could've stayed there for hours. A couple of their other favorites were the jellyfish that changed colors (BEAUTIFUL!), the penguins, and... More 

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

DivaDThatsMe, Thank you for the wonderful review, as well as writing one for us on Yelp also! We can't wait to have you back! More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

well worth the money. Interactive and so much to see. Clean atmosphere. Friendly staff and secure surroundings. Did not feel as if we had to hover over the kids. Educational and fun.

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lovelife22222, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We can't wait to have you back! More 

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