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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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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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It's fun for the kids!

We have taken our grandchildren (now 3, 4, 7, and 9) to this aquarium twice and they have loved it. It's a bit pricey I think for the facility. My daughter was disappointed not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
suziecurtisjones50
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Lexington, Kentucky
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We have taken our grandchildren (now 3, 4, 7, and 9) to this aquarium twice and they have loved it. It's a bit pricey I think for the facility. My daughter was disappointed not to see any dolphin exhibits as there are in many aquariums. The kids absolutely love the crawling spaces; especially the mirrored one and the penguin exhibit.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We were so very disappointed in the set up for this place. While we expected long lines we had no idea how poorly people would be run through them. Be aware of how many people are selling tickets in the line. One section had one and the other had 3. We got into the wrong line only to realize the... More 

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Mark I, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Kim L, Thank you for the review! I apologize for the experience you ad on your visit. We hope you will give us another opportunity. Your review will help us improve our attraction for future visitors. Thank you! More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Nice and was small.. Not amazing but definitely you can kill Time seeing the variety of fish.. Cozy place at the least you can do the entire aquarium in less then one hour with no shows.

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Mark I, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Travelstoplaces, Thank you for sharing your experience at our attraction! We are committed to constantly improving, and your review will help us to enhance our attraction's guest experience. Thank you! More 

Evansville, Indiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Great Aquarium! You go through a tunnel under the shark tank!!! The sea life is very active! I recommend buying tickets online to save a few bucks a ticket. You can pick your ticket up at guest services when you get there.

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Mark I, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

StoneyS10, Thank you for the review! I'm happy to see that you enjoyed Shark Lagoon! Buying online definitely helps to skip the line! We hope to have you back soon! More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The self paced path through the aquarium. Great descriptions and labeling of all species. We enjoyed the Penguins and stingrays.

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Mark I, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Takemeantiqueshopping, Thank you for your review! I'm happy to see you enjoyed our Aquarium! We hope to see you back next time your in town! More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

It was nice. .. to see the doesn't types of animals. It was awesome just an awesome time with family

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Mark I, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

rachael4535, Thank you for the great review! We are elated to see that you enjoyed our Aquarium! We can't wait to have you again, next time your in town! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Our whole family greatly enjoyed our visit to the aquarium. It is well organized and clean. The staff is very friendly & helpful. The displays & shows are wonderful.

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Mark I, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Tiffany S, Thank you for the kind review! We appreciate the feedback, so again thank you! We hope to have you back next time your in town! More 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

There are so many cool sights at this aquarium. We also got a Penguin Experience package where we got to pet a penguin and have our picture taken with them. The keepers knew so much about the penguins and make the experience very exciting.

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Mark I, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Kristin P, I'm happy to read that you choose to do the Penguin Experience! It really is an awesome program, and it makes great memories! Thank you for sharing your review! More 

Staunton, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

I don't know how long it had been since I'd been in an aquarium, but I'm so glad my boyfriend and I took the afternoon to visit this one during a recent weekend in Gatlinburg. The shark tunnel is amazing - imagine standing on a moving sidewalk, gliding through a glass tunnel while sharks and stingrays and all sorts of... More 

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Mark I, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Kathleen H, Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We appreciate you taking the time to write to us! I am happy to see that you enjoyed our Aquarium! We hope to have you back next time your in town! More 

Scottsburg, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Please allow plenty of time this place is huge. Lots to see and do. They have package deals with Ridleys also. They will save you few dollars.

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Mark I, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

LisaP1201, Thank you so much for the review! I'm happy to read that you took advantage of our U-Pick Combo! It will definitely save you money! We hope to see you back soon, and enjoy your other attractions! More 

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