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“Wow!” 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 #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!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

This was the first aquarium I had ever been to and it was fantastic. The employess were very helpful in answering questions. They variety of fish was great.

Visited May 2013
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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“Beautiful Aquarium”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Great stop for the kids, especially on a hot day. The inside is beautiful with so much to see. The parking is a bit of a pain in the rump, but worth it.

Visited April 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Very nice experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Loved the shark tank tunnel and mermaids. Kids had a lot of fun in the interactive area and crawling inside some of the aquariums. Plenty of parking in the garage behind the aquarium (cash only I believe) and there is a trolley stop next to the front door.

Visited July 2013
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Lexington, Kentucky
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“Believe it or Not, this place is Great!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

This aquarium is very nice, even though it's very short. Pay attention to all the exhibits, they're very nice and interactive- mostly for children, but adults should enjoy the experience too. I recommend watching animals being fed or swimming with the rays. Swimming with the rays is a very unique and amazing, how many other aquariums offer this?
Yeah, not many. It is very small, but it's larger than the other Ripley's aquariums. Take your time and interact. The staff is friendly and helpful, so I highly recommend this aquarium.

Visited April 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“Great for 9yr old”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

great exhibits allow 3 hours to enjoy all of it. Nice options on prices for additional Ripley attractions

Visited July 2013
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