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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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I heard of this aquarium from a friend that visited last year. Real glad we did stoppedo in. The shark tanknow is great a little short. Just right for the kids.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I heard of this aquarium from a friend that visited last year. Real glad we did stoppedo in. The shark tanknow is great a little short. Just right for the kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I love anything and everything about the sea, and this aquarium didn't disappoint! The moving tunnel allows you to move under the sharks and sea life to hey am up close and personal look besides a small window like other places. There was a place to touch the stingrays but wait till the diver goes in to feed them because... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Lots of fun. The only real negative was the smell of the Penguins. Parking is a pain but there is a deck behind the aquarium.

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Woodstock, Georgia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I have never been there before, because I didn't think there would be much to it. I was wrong. We made a trip up to the Smokies with our grandson for a few days, and he wanted to go to the aquarium. First we got a veteran's discount for my husband, and then we bought a package for my grandson... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We spent a few hours walking through the aquarium and enjoying the interactive displays. We really enjoyed the sharks; there are quite a few in the tank and they're bigger than I expected. The rays were also fun to watch; it's almost as if they were hamming it up. A few of the biggest ones would go to the top... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

There's not enough positive things that my wife and I can say about this experience. It was absolutely amazing going through the tunnel and all the sharks and stingrays manta rays that just sailed over through the the water. We would do this again easily we actually got to touch a stingray and it was absolutely incredible. The Penguins were... More 

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Plymouth, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Very impressed with the aquarium. We only go about every other time we are there, as we have no children. But we still love it and enjoy all the different animals they have to offer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This was my 4th trip to this aquarium and while a lot has remained the same, the addition of their new "Swarm" exhibit was nice. There are a lot of interactive exhibits and we always have a great time.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I was disappointed after reading other reviews. We have been to aquariums around the United States and this is our least favorite.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

My wife and I had a great time, and spent about 3.5 hours. There is much to see and we returned to some of the exhibits two or three times (Shark Lagoon was very nice). There seemed to be many activities for children, although we didn't investigate these in depth. To really enjoy your visit, be sure to block out... More 

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