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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
+1 888-240-1358
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Ranked #7 of 66 attractions in Gatlinburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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East Tawas, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

One of the best attractions in the Smokies! My children were amazed by this. It's like being underwater and getting to see the life that exists there. It was incredible getting to see sharks up close and personnel. There was a mermaid show that my daughter loved. And the "Touch a Ray Bay" was fantastic. Where else can you pet... More

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Bluefield, West Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The mermaid show was pretty crowded and the day we visited it way just crowded in general however, great experience there. loved it.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Aquarium has a great shark room that you can either walk or stand on the moving floor, have a lot of learning activities for little kids. A little small doesn't take more than a few hours like 2.

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Chesterton, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The parking lot gets crowded quickly, especially during, high vacation season. But there is more parking ($8) a day, next to "Cooter's). There is lots to see, strollers not recommended, possibly causes, all the congestion, in the aquarium, during weekend. No Offense, Moms n Dads, but leaving, the very young home, can give extra special, time with Grandma and Grandpa,... More

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West Jefferson, NC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

This the best aquarium I have ever been to. We have been to this aquarium at least 2 or 3 a year. Love the way it laid out and you can go at your own pace. They add new stuff and just keep us wanting to go back.

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Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Be sure to do the penguin encounter or the stingray encounter. There are alot of hands on exhibits such as picking up a horse shoe crab and touching jellyfish. Loved the shark display with the moving floor so that everyone could view.

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Merritt Island, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I go with family to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge every year, and we always make time for a visit here. They have a great variety of salt and freshwater species, along with some neat amphibian/reptile/land crustacian displays, too. My favorite is their huge freshwater tank with the armored catfish. There is a place to eat inside (average food), and they've... More

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Salem, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

The aquarium is a great choice of things to do while in Gatlinburg. Allow at least two hours when visiting. There is parking nearby. The exhibits and shows were great. The kids loved the tunnel underneath the main aquarium, and being able to see the sharks and fish swim over them.

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Cary, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

After reading reviews, some saying it was a ripoff, I was hesitant to go. Had a good experience and saw some great fish! You make the attraction what it is. If you don't stop to read about the fish you will be out of there quickly. It is very educational if you take the time to read. I don't have... 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 very glad to read that you had a good time here and took the time to learn about everything. We want everyone to have an enjoyable and learning experience! We hope to have you back soon! Thank you! More

Grand Haven, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

My husband, myself and 2 kids had a good time at aquarium. It was pretty crowded, but still able to see pretty well. My kids really liked trying to pet the sting rays, which were in a large pool. I liked the huge shark reef area. It was nice being able to stand on moving escalator and read signs, see... 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 that you had a great time with the stingrays and the shark tank! I apologize that you did not enjoy our slime exhibit. I hope you will come to visit us again soon! Thank you! More

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