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“Great place to pass time” 4 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 #4 of 48 Attractions in Gatlinburg
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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!
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Chillicothe, Ohio
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“Great place to pass time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

We came here on a rainy day but we weren't the only ones. The place was packed an we didn't get to see everything. The shark aquarium was pretty awesome. Would recommend.

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Shell Lake, WI
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“Well worth the time and money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Visited out of curiosity and was very happy I did. There is a big variety of fish and sea creatures including rays, coral, sharks, eels and penguins. You walk through at your own pace and take as much time as you like to see and watch. The shark tank is amazing. My favorite was the rays. It is a great place to take the family. The price was $25, but it was worth it. There was so much to see. There is also a little snack area, with beverages, sandwiches, and ice cream, and a gift shop. It is not crowded and very well done.

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Houston, Texas
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“VERY WELL DONE!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

if you have been to gatlinburg before, you know there are lots of different ways to part with your money. when we took the grandkids to the aquarium, i was not expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised!!!!! you can spend 1.5 - 2 hours. we went mid-march, mid-week, right when it opened....the crowd size was comfortable. by the time we were leaving 90 minutes later, it was certainly picking up.
i'm not sure the kids realized it, but we adults were super impressed with the 'slow walk thru the shark tank' (people mover rides thru glass enclosed area).

Visited March 2013
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“Enjoyable, even for the price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Couldn't believe it was $25/adult, but was pleasantly surprised. The underwater shark/ray/turtle exhibit was spectacular. Take in the "reef dive" presentation. Very informative and fun.

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“Fun for the whole family!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Well worth the headache of the traffic and crowds in Gatlinburg. My son loves fish and could go there each and every day! We love to spend an afternoon at the aquarium!

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