Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg: Hours, Address, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Reviews: 4.5/5

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
4.5
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN, is literally teeming with life - over 10,000 exotic sea creatures in 350 individual species. There are more fish in this aquarium than there are people living in the entire town of Gatlinburg!
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Paul R
Decatur, IL53 contributions
Ripley's Aquarium need a makeover?
Jun 2021 • Family
Well, where to begin. Possibly a good place for the young'uns, and the underwater viewing/moving walkway is great (if you don't get smacked in the head with a selfie stick), those are kind of positives, right? First impressions are everything and the fishy smell was very powerful upon entering (yeah, it's an aquarium but it smelled like it needed a good cleaning). It was somewhat dirty in regards to the floors and walls, also. You can barely get in the door when they want to take a picture, we had to slip past the family of 30 in front of us that took about 15 minutes to get them out of the way. To keep the kids content for a few hours, sure but otherwise, eh--it's an aquarium. Forgettable outweighs the memorable here.
Written June 20, 2021
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Lisa B
Cincinnati, OH22 contributions
Favorite Aquarium to visit in eastern USA
Nov 2020
Time and time again I enjoy coming here each time I visit the Smokies. Educational each time and new stuff to enjoy also, they do a good job of making sure every age is enjoying the Aquarium!
Written June 19, 2021
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Michael C
18 contributions
Loved the aquarium
Jun 2021 • Family
One of the highlights of our trip to Tennessee. We spent an easy 3 hours in the aquarium and could have stayed longer. We saw sharks and other aquatic animals. The size of the aquarium allowed for us to feel comfortable even though they were busy. Our favorite feature was the moving walkway through the underwater tunnel.
Written June 19, 2021
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Kay W
Grand Rapids, MI22 contributions
Could have been cleaner
Jun 2021 • Family
We liked the aquarium but it was VERY expensive. No apparent COVID precautions and the tanks that kids climb up in were packed and never cleaned between kids. Shark exhibit is well done.
Written June 18, 2021
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Mek0060
Fishers, IN32 contributions
Great experience with AIR CONDITIONING
Jun 2021
This is really a great attraction for all ages. We were in Gatlinburg on a very hot day, and this aquarium was so nice. Very crowded, but full of interesting aquatic life that everyone was really interested in. It was fun.
Written June 18, 2021
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Jordan
Hubert, NC23 contributions
Fantastic Aquarium
Jun 2021 • Family
The children (and parents) had a blast here! The tunnel going under the shark exhibit was amazing and dumbfounding all at the same time.

The employees all had great personalities and were willing to help or answer any questions you had, without it seeming like an inconvenience.

We also did a couple of the encounters, the Glssbottom Boat ride was great , going over the shark exhibit. Meeting the Penguins was also amazing. I’ve never had a chance to pet a penguin before our visit here!
Written June 17, 2021
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TheTravelingBoyMama
19 contributions
Aquarium
Jun 2021 • Family
For what we paid for the tickets, we were kind of disappointed that this aquarium didn’t offer more. We’ve been to much smaller aquariums that have offered A LOT more than this one. It would keep small children entertained since there isn’t a lot and you move through it pretty quickly. They had an employee taking your pictures once you entered the building, and that really backed up the line. I’d love to see them move that to another place. The employee taking pictures got really unhappy when people tried to skip her taking pictures. The shark exhibit was our favorite with the moving floor to see the animals swimming above you.
Written June 16, 2021
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svfmoms
delray beach6 contributions
Great experience
Jun 2021
Great Aquarium and I've been to many. Great set up, awesome exhibits & helpful staff. Food was good but not cheap so we just had a meal of snack like food and shared. It was very crowed especially in the afternoon so if you hate crowds go when they open or at night. We walked the whole aquarium then went back and caught all the shows. Just get to them about 15 minutes before they start and sit up at the glass for the best viewing!! View penguin parade from above or camp out near playground area to see them up close as they walk by.
Written June 16, 2021
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Brad
16 contributions
Great Aquarium
Jun 2021 • Family
Very cool Aquarium. It had the largest sharks we’ve seen in any Aquarium. Kind of pricey for how short it is, but of all the attractions on the strip this is the best one in Gatlinburg Tennessee
Written June 16, 2021
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Vacation15371
Mandeville, LA22 contributions
My daughter loved it
Jun 2021
My daughter loved this aquarium. It was very nice. I liked the fact that you could view sharks swimming overhead. It was a nice place to take children.
Written June 15, 2021
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