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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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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

When you think of Gatlinburg, a top notch aquarium does not automatically come to mind.....IT SHOULD! This place is awesome. I was so amazed at the caliber of aquatic life in the exhibits. The shark tunnel and penguins were amazing. It should definitely be on your "Things To Do" list, especially if you have kids.

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Lancaster, Kentucky
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

It's voted the #1 aquarium and I suspect for serious aquarium lovers it may be, but in my opinion if you've been to one aquarium, you've seen them all. Would probably be better if it wasn't so crowded.

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Elizabethton, Tennessee
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We went on the busiest weekend possible (Labor Day weekend) but we were still able to enjoy the Aquarium. We found parking on the second level of the parking garage as someone was leaving. The ticket line was long but moved quickly enough. We went in to an air conditioned building which was nice since it was 90 degrees out.... More

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London, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We were also pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed our visit to the Aquarium. It was a beautiful location, and very well maintained. Definitely a must see with younger children. So many amazing animals, and the walk through the tunnels was amazing (and very long - perfect for lots of photo opportunities). My daughter loved the SLIME exhibition -... More

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Grand Prairie, Texas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Dakota E, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! I am glad to read that you enjoyed all of our exhibits and it means a lot to us that we exceeded your expectation. We hope that you will come back to visit us again soon! Thank you! More

Somerset, Kentucky, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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Dakota E, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! I am glad that your experience was everything you expected it to be! We hope you will come visit us again soon! We love to read that your baby had a great time as well. Thank you! More

Millington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Dakota E, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! I’m happy that you had a great experience and hopefully enjoyed all of our sea life! We hope to have you back soon! Thank you! More

Marion, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Dakota E, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! I’m glad to read that you had a great experience and were able to get up close to check out all of the fish! We hope to have you back soon! Thank you! More

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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Dakota E, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! I am glad that your experience was everything you expected it to be! We hope you will come visit us again soon! We love to read that you enjoyed all of our sea life. Thank you! More

Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Dakota E, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! I am glad that your experience was everything you expected it to be! We hope you will come visit us again before another three years! We love to read that you enjoyed all of the exhibits as well. Thank you! More

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