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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
+1 888-240-1358
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Type: Aquariums
Owner description: ALL NEW! LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! SLIME! See Animals & Creatures and how they use slime, Touch Jellyfish and more in this Innovative & Interactive Exhibit!... more » Owner description: ALL NEW! LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! SLIME! See Animals & Creatures and how they use slime, Touch Jellyfish and more 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! « less
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Rockaway Park, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Nice flowing walk through the aquarium. Loved going through the shark tunnel stepped off the walkway a few times to look overhead at the sharks. We were able to touch the horseshoe crabs. Thought it was a bit pricey. They make people leave through the gift shop which could be hard for families on a strict budget .

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Massillon, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This aquarium is amazing! Fish are all around you, even over your head in places. One section actually uses a conveyor belt walkway to keep people moving and allows you to enjoy without people standing infront of you. Only downside...you MUST exit through the gift shop...hard on parents.

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Normal, Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

It is a smaller aquarium. We live in Illinois with the wonderful Shedd Aquarium and it is a full-day experience. The Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is a half-day experience, but it has a lot of the neat fish and creatures that you go to aquariums to see. Our favorite part was the shark area with the moving walkway. We... More

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

Thank you for your review! I am glad to read that you had a great time in our Aquarium and enjoyed the shark tunnel! We hope that you will come back to see us again sometime soon! Thank you! More

Lafayette, Louisiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My husband and our two kids spent several hours at this aquarium and had a blast! It is so well laid out and so much for kids to see and do! They loved the Stingray feeding and the penguin show! My kids got to touch horseshoe crabs and lean about them from a very knowledgeable employee who really took her... More

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

Thank you for your review! We love to read that you and your family not only had a fun time but also were able to learn about some of the fish! It means a lot to us that you had mentioned we were the best Aquarium you have visited and we hope that we can stay number one for you!... More

Cary, North Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was our first trip to this Ripley's aquarium. We've also visited the one in Myrtle Beach. Overall I preferred this one, it was laid out a bit better and the addition of penguins was very nice. The tunnels and plastic dome in the penguin enclosure allowing kids to get close to the birds was really cool

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

Thank you for your review! I am glad to read that you had a great time here at our Aquarium and really enjoyed the penguins. They are hilarious to watch and it is really neat to get up close and see them! We hope that you will come back to visit us again! Thank you! More

Maylene, Alabama, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The Aquarium was so beautiful. It took us 4 hours to get through it all and we loved it. If you are planning a trip and you are gonna be near Pigeon Forge Tennessee, be sure to make The Ripley's Aquarium a part of your vacation. Both kids and adults have a blast theer. They do special shows and we... More

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

Thank you for your review! I am glad to read that you had a great time and were able to catch all of the shows that we have. It means a lot to hear that we have a beautiful Aquarium and we will keep it that way for you and everyone else! We can't wait to have you back! Thank... More

Cincinnati, Ohio
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96 reviews 96 reviews
38 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I was apprehensive about going to Ripley's Aquarium but I am glad we went. This was probably the best aquarium we've been to and we've been to 6 across the country. The tunnel was especially neat because of the conveyor on which you can stand that moves you through the tunnel. We purchased the U Pick 2 tickets online which... More

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

Thank you for the review! I’m happy that you had a great experience! The fact that you mentioned that we are the best aquarium that you have been to means a lot to us! We hope to have you back soon! Thank you! More

Maryland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Very informative and fun for the whole family. We loved the sharks! We got to touch and learn about horseshoe crabs and jellyfish. The penguin shoe was really cool and the kids area puts them right in the middle of the action and right there for a great photo op.

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

Thank you for the review! I am glad that your experience was everything you expected it to be! We hope you will come visit us again soon! We love to read that you enjoyed our sharks along with the penguin show. Thank you! More

Huntsville, Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This is great way to spend several hours on a rainy day in the Smokies. You take your time to see all you want. On a side note it is the better of the Ripley's attraction if you buy the pass for all of them you probably will not do it again.

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

Thank you for the review! I’m happy that you had a great experience and enjoyed seeing all of the different aquatic species that we have! We hope to have you back soon! Thank you! More

Manchester, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We have visited the Aquarium of the Smokies three times. It is a must see. There are many tourist traps in Gatlinburg, but the aquarium is not one. On our most recent visit we spent many hours looking at the amazing aquatic creatures. They often have special exhibits and displays. During this recent trip we were able to see feedings... More

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

Thank you for the review! I am glad that your experience was everything you expected it to be! We hope you will come visit us again soon! We love to read that you enjoyed the feedings with the divers and all of the different species we have. Thank you! More

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