We're a fan of aquariums and this one didn't disappoint. We really enjoyed our trip to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. There is a lot to see in the spacious building. The highlight for us was the clear tunnel with the sharks and larger fish. There was a conveyor belt that slowly moves you through the area. It was easy to step on and off if you wanted to take pictures, but mainly it allowed you to enjoy what you were seeing without bumping others near you.
Younger children seemed to love the penguin exhibit. They could crawl through clear tubing into an area in the exhibit, so it appeared they were standing with the penguins. It was a neat idea and made the exhibit very popular with young children. I saw another display that was made like this, too.
The only downfall was the lighting. It was hard to read some of the descriptions on the signs due to the low light. I realize they need the lights lowered in order to highlight the fish in the displays, but it seemed especially dark at some points and we struggled to read the print on the signs. This was a minor inconvenience and doesn't necessarily detract from your visit, unless you really do want to read all the signs (like I do).
All in all, we appreciated spending a couple hours enjoying the aquarium and getting away from the crowded strip in Gatlinburg. I believe we paid $25 for adults (but there is a tiered pricing scale and if you intend to visit more Ripley's attractions, the price is lowered). There are also discount coupons available in Gatlinburg or online, I'm told.
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