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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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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81 reviews 81 reviews
42 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We have seen many aquariums from San Diego, Seward, Chicago, Baltimore, Chattanooga and to Boston to name a few. This one ranks as the best of the bunch so far. We have yet to venture to the aquarium in Atlanta and look forward to that visit.

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

really enjoyed the aquarium especially the tunnel under the sharks. Kids had fun seeing all the animals

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Barnsley
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This was our first time visiting the Smokies and first time in TN. I have been to a few Aquariums before. This one was great. It was a fun day out and we weren't disappointed. My husband got the chance to hold a turtle and I touched the top of a jelly fish. There was lots to look at and... More

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Jacksonville, Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the aquarium. We visited in August of 2014. However, the announcer's or speaker's of the attractions NEED MICROPHONES!!! WE attended one presentation of Sting Rays and due to the large crowds and people talking could not make out a single word of the speaker's presentation. So do yourselves a favor and invest in microphones so we can hear... More

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Coxs Creek, Kentucky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I've been to many aquariums across America and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ranks at the top! With a vast selection of species to see and an amazing tunnel through their shark tank, it's virtually impossible to not enjoy every second of your visit.

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Elkton, Maryland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Well worth the visit! Ticket price was resonable. However the food prices are outrageous. Nice variety of sea creatures. Would like to see them improve the area where you can touch sting rays. They should remove the small sharks because they make it very difficult to touch the rays. Also the way it's laid out makes it difficult.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The only negative things I can say would be that it was slightly expensive and I didn't like having to exit through the gift shop since that seemed like they were forcing it on you to buy something else. But the tanks and tunnel under the sharks were amazing!! My daughter is 11 and enjoyed every minute of it.

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NY
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We love the aquarium, but be prepared to dig very deeply into your wallet! It is expensive. We love the shark tunnel. We wish they would sell the music they play in the tunnel! It is so cool! We also enjoyed the Slime exhibit. We got to touch the top of a jellyfish! This is truly a beautiful aquarium....just a... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is just awesome! It is a bit pricey, but worth the money! The tunnel under the sharks is awesome and way longer than any other aquariums I have been to. Our son loved looking at all the unique fish around the aquarium. He also loved petting the horseshoe crabs and the interactive play area... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Ripley's is one of the best in the country and the you will love moving floor that winds through the displays. Their new penguin exhibit is extremely entertaining and fun for all ages.

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