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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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Grand Prairie, Texas
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71 reviews 71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

First time to visit, so I'd say that it exceeded our expectations. I felt like it was a top notch aquarium...I think it topped the Dallas World Aquarium (near our hometown). Excellent exhibits and collection of specimens. Of course pricey, but a decent value in a tourist town. I highly recommend using your vacation time and dollars to visit this... More

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Somerset, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We took our almost one year old as a birthday trip and she absolutely loved it. It doesn't have to just be for the big kids! It was also cheap with their newest discount for visitors out of state and very accommodating!

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Millington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Love being able to walk under the shark tank. We actually got a great deal on tickets by checking the website before going - $10/person during 10 for TN. I also liked that everything was easy to get to by wheelchair.

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Marion, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The aquarium was very nice. Very easy to get up close and personal with some of the exhibits. Only flaw was that it was pretty pricey for me

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Greencstle Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Very nice aquarium,alot of different sea life and very spacious so easy to get to see everything,just a little bit pricey but you can find discount coupons that do save you some money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Plenty of species to see. Nicely laid out friendly staff. A great family attraction. Second time we visited in three years.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Had a great time with my son who is five. Lots of different fish and a nice kids area. It was a little more than I would like to have paid for how long we were there.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We went 8 years ago & loved it. This time you see the same stuff but things look worn & not clean. The penguins just stood still. We were impressed 8 yrs ago but not this time :(

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Chicago Ridge, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Although it was rather pricey - was very interesting inside and kept us entertained for 2 - 3 hours. Was very clean, no crowds (although I think our timing was good, went after kids had all gone back to school) and before the fall color crowds. I would recommend this.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We loved the shark tunnel, the highlight of this aquarium. We took lots of pictures in there. The kids loved the whole experience and the penguins were fun. I thought there wasn't near as much to see as the Chattanooga Aquarium but I was tired of walking anyway, so I was glad when it was over. We killed about 3... More

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