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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Phone Number: +1 888-240-1358
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Ranked #4 of 51 Attractions in Gatlinburg
Owner description: ALL NEW! LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! SLIME! See Animals & Creatures and how...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Anderson, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Saw sea creatures that I didn't see in the Ga Aquarium, very impressed and will return to take the kids. Hopefully will get the chance to spend the night at the Aquarium

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Madison, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Very appealing layout, it was a delight to walk through. We really enjoyed all the sharks and sea turtles, and my son is now obsessed with penguins because of the crawl through tunnel that let him "swim with the penguins" (he's 3)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I love Aquariums and museums and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies was great! I would recommend this attraction.

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Fredericktown, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We love aquariums in our family. I was a little concerned about the cost with our large family. Honestly, since it was a Ripley's, I doubted it would be a good value and worried it would be a waste of money. But I was pleasantly surprised. This is definitely a place you have to visit. We have been to several... More 

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

My family & I recently visited Gatlinburg and visited here on Sunday morning on they way out of town. My boys (ages 15 & 13-boys) really enjoyed this place. Beautiful tanks with some nice information by each, but not too much. It was really cool to see the sharks & sea turtles up top and then later ride thru the... More 

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

Kevin F, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are glad that you had stopped to visit us before you left town! We love to read about our guests experience and we love to read that you enjoyed the exhibits and the shark lagoon tunnel! We hope that you will come back to see us again soon! Thank... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Over all the aquarium was very nice. The glass tunnel and the penguins were probably our favorites. Great place to go if the elements are bad outside. However, I did find it a bit pricy. Be sure to look for discounts in the local coupon booklets.

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Cape Canaveral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I am going to school to be a marine biologist, so of course I have to go to almost any aquarium I can.This one does not disappoint! I loved it. Didn't really see to many employees that were interactive, but thats fine to me. I was a little hesitant on this site because of the Ripley's name attached to it.... More 

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

MyersAce20, Thank you for your review! that is awesome that you want to be a marine biologist and we wish you the best of luck here! We always love to see anyone taking an interest in aquatic life because we think that it is so unique and very interesting! We are elated that you enjoyed your visit here with us... More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This is one of the best aquariums that I have ever been. It is well designed with an excellent array of marine life. This is the 2nd time my husband and I went to the aquarium and we both felt it was worth every penny. It is an attraction that will please both adults and children. I will go back... More 

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

Peggy F, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are elated to read that you had a great experience and enjoyed all of our exhibits. It means a lot to us to know that you will come back each and overtime you visit Gatlinburg and that our aquarium is worth every penny! We can't wait to have you... More 

Brownstown, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

My daughter loves she is a special need child i do anything to see a smile on her pretty little face

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

David A, Thank you for your review! That really means a lot to us that your daughter had such a great experience and that you were able to see that smile on her face. We hope that you continue to see that smile everyday and we would love to have you all back! Thank you! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The cost to get in is a little pricey, but its full of friendly staff and wonderful adventures. Its sure to be a fun time! :) The only problem for me, being a local is that i like to go on weekdays or times when crowd is not so large :)

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

Ryanna W, Thank you for your review! We are elated to read that you had a wonderful adventure at our aquarium and hopefully enjoyed every exhibit! We see that you are local so we hope to have you back again soon! Thank you! More 

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