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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 65 attractions in Gatlinburg
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Bethlehem, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It was expensive in my opinion, nearly $30 for adults? Total was $110 for 2 adults and 4 kids. Not very big either and it's really dark, so keep an eye on your little ones or you'll be chasing them down... Kids had fun, but for the money we could have done something that lasted longer than 2 hours.

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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the aquarium. The price was a little steep, over $50 for two adults, but it is a tourist trap area. We did spend over an hour there and it was fun. For everything we saw, it has to be expensive to run the place. Walking under sharks is quite the experience. It was a good one time experience.

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Milwaukee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The trolley picks up and drops off in front of the aquarium, so that is the first good thing. Tickets are inexpensive (as far aquariums go anyways. Think: Shedd) and our whole family enjoyed the trip. It's not a very large aquarium, however, they have a large collection of fish. It was clean and the kids were able to touch... More

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Shiloh, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We have been to several aquariums and this one is the best one so far. We all loved the underwater tunnel part the best. It was really cool.

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A lot to see if you take your time. View it all. The beauty is there. Friendly staff and even the visitors are nice too. Interactions, you can touch certain crabs, stingrays. It is great. The penguins are fantastic. Loved it. They need a bigger environment though.

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Ann Arbor, MI
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190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We've been to several aquariums and we all agreed that none of them are as good as the Ripley's aquarium. It had a great collection of common and unique sea life, but what made it better were the different ways you could interact with them like touching jellyfish, having tubes that allow kids to crawl under the display and pop... More

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Monroe, Georgia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We went to the aquarium on our vacation the weekend of the 11th. My daughter is only 8 months old and she loved it!! We have gone to Charleston, Savannah and now Gatlinburg since she was 6 months old and this was my favorite trip because of the aquarium!! They had two different places where you could touch the stingrays... More

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Port Huron, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

First time here - Would definitely come back. Loved the giant shark tank and the ability to touch the stingrays.

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Pensacola, Florida
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is my second review of the aquarium in two years. I still think it is great. I'm a shark lover so the shark exhibit is something I really love. If you have seen the shark tank/tunnel at Sea World in Orlando, it doesn't even compare to the one at Aquarium of the Smokies. It is great for kids to... More

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Piney Flats, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I have been to the aquarium multiple times in my life but this was my first time in about 5 years. I used to remember it being huge and being amazing but now that I'm older I didn't enjoy it as much. My boyfriend and I went and we enjoyed seeing all the beautiful fish but it was hard with... More

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