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“Excellent” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
+1 888-240-1358
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Ranked #5 of 98 things to do in Gatlinburg
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Owner description: 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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Illinois
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We had a great time! Very easy to see why this is rated the #1 aquarium in the US according to their sign & print materials. My wife and I went to Shedd Aquarium in Chicago a year ago and enjoyed Ripley's much more. Very neat to see the tunnels they have for kids to explore the exhibits, too.

Definitely would recommend to all who are in/visit the Gatlinburg area.

Visited November 2012
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Palm Coast, Florida
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“Aquarium”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Absolute must see attraction! As you wander around, think to yourself...how did they get all of these beautiful sea creatures up here to Gatlinburg. Really amazing place to visit!

Visited October 2012
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Florence, AL
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“Amazing- A must see in the Smokies! Best Aquarium.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

There are many cheesy tourist traps in the Smokies, but Ripley's Aquarium is not one of them! This was one of the best aquarium we've been to yet! Wonderful exhibits and opportunities to learn about the marine life. While you can waste money in a hurry at other spots, this place is worth every cent. You can spend hours there and it's perfect for all ages.

Visited May 2012
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“always amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

we had such an amazing time. I had not been to the aquarium in quite some time, my best friend had never gone. She thought it was awesome!

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Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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“Amazing.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

My husband and I went on our anniversary. We have been to the one at Myrtle Beach, and was scared this would be the same and boring except for the penguins. We were wrong. They had many different exhibits, was set up completely different and was TONS of fun. We are huge penguin fans and loved the penguin playhouse. We spent extra and did the Penguin Experience, and interacted one on one with a Penguin and had our pictures taken with her. A must go!!

Visited November 2012
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