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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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Schaumburg, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We felt as if we had to rush through the attraction due to the crowds. Would have liked to spend more time at the exhibits. Maybe in the off season this is possible, but in the summer...nope!

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Lima, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It's a little pricey but worth it. One of the better aquariums I've been to. There are three areas where you can touch animals, horseshoe crabs, jelly fish and manta rays. The shark tunnel is pretty cool with a lot of sharks and a large sea turtle. We went around 7 pm and there were very few people there.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We only do one "expensive" family attraction on our vacation and we chose the aquarium because we loved it so much ten years ago. It used to be sparkling clean and the fish were amazingly beautiful because of the tanks cleanliness. The tanks weren't filthy or anything but they have lost their sparkle and are just normal tanks now which... More

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Frederick, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Ripley's aquarium is one of the best aquariums we have ever visited. The displays are well organized, the staff is very friendly, and the fish appear to be in very good health. The shark and ray display is better than the one at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. Overall this was one... More

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Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We had a great time at the aquarium. I forgot how much fun it is. I love watching my kids as they look at the sea creatures. I love going through the tunnel with all the creatures swimming around. I will say the highlight was seeing the big turtle swimming. We had my daughter's picture taking with mermaid but sadly... More

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Calhoun ga
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We walked up to the ticket booth and were looking at all the attractions and was then told if we wasnt buying a combo deal to get in a different line. All these people are out to get commission on these deals and dont care if you and your family like the attractions.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I must say that I have visited aquariums all over the states, and this is one of the best. My children have always enjoyed this aquarium and beg to go back any time we are in the area. The love the ocean area where you view the sharks, turtles, etc. Petting the rays are one of their favorite things. I... More

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Jackson, Mississippi
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We arrived just in time for the mermaid show. My 4 year old daughter was in love! The performers were really good. After the show, my daughter walked up to the glass to get a closer look at the mermaids. One of the girls swam down and blew a kiss to my daughter. For a little girl that loves Little... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

There is something for all ages and so many things to do. You need 2 days at least to enjoy all of it. If you are in Gatlinburg, you must visit here.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Family and I visited and loved it! The kids (3, 6, 12 and 13) were excited to see all the fish, sharks, sea turtles and more! The tunnel was amazing. Loved seeing all the sea life. Kids loved the sea turtle (which of course they called "Crush" lol). This is amust see!

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