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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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Kids will love hands on exhibits

Not an all day thing, so able to enjoy sights while in town. Many discount or packages help the cost since part of Ripley

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Jupiter, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Not an all day thing, so able to enjoy sights while in town. Many discount or packages help the cost since part of Ripley

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Forest, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We have been to the aquarium about 5 times in the last several years. It's a very nice clean aquarium. Our 3 year old loved it this year. Love the Penguins. I also have a 6 month old and I was excited to go in the bathroom and discover a nursing station (which I used). I wish more places had... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We had discount coupons from our hotel which prompted our visit. It took about 2 hours to make it through all the exhibits, so if I had paid full price I would have been a little disappointed. My favorite was the penguin exhibit! This would be a great activity if it rains or you are looking to escape the heat... More 

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Iowa Park, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

They have a great shark tank exhibit with moving walkway and tunnels with the sharks swimming beside and above you. Giant skeletons hang from the ceiling of an alligator, whale, and turtle. Lots of kids exhibits with some "hands on" opportunities as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

My family love this place. We love the part where you go under the water in the walk through tunnel. Very clean and family friendly place to visit with your family. We go at least once a year. It's a great learning experience for the whole family. I think it is definitely worth the trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Kids liked the shark tube and watching the divers clean the tank with the Sharks. Penguins were very active. Handlers were with them feeding and checking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Wife and I visited for our honeymoon. We enjoyed the aquarium. They offered shows for guests to learn more of the animals on exhibit. Some exhibits offered different views. Such as the penguin exhibit; It had a small tunnel for kids to crawl through and "pop" into the exhibit via a bubble in the middle of the exhibit. Unfortunately we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Hours of enjoyment watching the thousands of fish and penguins. Air conditioned throughout made it a relief from the humid heat outside.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Had some nice exhibits but not really what I expected from Ripley's. The moving floor was nice and we watched a sting Ray show which was pretty cool but in my opinion, not worth the price.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Pretty good display of sharks and other reef fish very descriptive entertaining for the most part. The issue I had was the booklet they sell this for coupons is only good for food inside they just said valuable coupons and the second part was when we visited the wheel at the island Pigeon Forge they let us know they're there... More 

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