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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

#2 of 109 things to do in Gatlinburg Features Animals
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Pleasently Surprised!!!

I have been to several of the Ripley's Attractions, this was by far the best! It was very diverse... read more

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Society Hill SC

This place is designed for families with children. We went as a couple and still had fun but it... read more

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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!
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“shark tank” (547 reviews)
“penguin exhibit” (461 reviews)
“sea life” (332 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Reviewed yesterday

I have been to several of the Ripley's Attractions, this was by far the best! It was very diverse, lots of different areas to explore, great for people of all ages, easy to maneuver, and in general a great experience!

Thank skyvixen1
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is designed for families with children. We went as a couple and still had fun but it would be more fun for kids. The bottomless boat ride is not worth the $10 a person when you can see all of the same things...More

Thank Elisabeth P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the aquarium. Lots too see! We watched the dive show and touched jelly fish!

Thank southernpeach22
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The only other aquarium I have visited has been at Ripley's in Myrtle Beach, SC. This one in Gatlinburg blew it out of the water (no pun intended 😏) It was a little pricey even using a coupon ($31) took us a little over an...More

Thank hconley20
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place. I'd go every day if I could. Good job guys! The place is small, but I as a nature nerd was impressed. Love the place!

Thank Matthew S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Hello everyone! As part of our July 2016 vacation, we visited Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. The place was beautiful! I was able to purchase tickets online for a discounted price and also used a promo code found in a magazine by chance while at...More

Thank Mrsobriant
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was nice that they keep adding things. Happy to come back and see all the different marine life! They added things for kids to climb on and play in. Got to touch jelly fish and horse shoe crabs. The penguines are a great addition...More

Thank eagleman79
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The aquarium was one of the best we have seen! Must do, especially if you have kids! We enjoyed the walk through tunnel! Be sure to check it out!

Thank Megan M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice attraction for the south...but it can't beat the Shedd Aquarium in IL... The pinguen exhibit was the best for the outdoor part. The penguins that followed us were very interactive and happy.

Thank hjendo
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is by far the best aquarium I've visited. My kids aged 5 loved it. I highly recommend a visit to this facility. Very clean, lots of things to do for the kids. The shark exhibit is phenomenal. We all loved it. I think we...More

Thank Colleen J
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How much does a ticket cost for Seniors?
June 19, 2017|
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Response from Steve C | Reviewed this property |
$27.99 for just an aquarium only ticket. I don't believe they have a senior discount. I could be wrong though.
Brian H
Myrtle Beach Ripleys let's teachers in free. They said that applies at all Ripleys. Is that true here?
June 14, 2017|
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Response from Dan C | Property representative |
Teachers are $10.99 plus tax.
Miranda N
Is there free parking?
May 29, 2017|
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Response from Dan C | Property representative |
We do not have a parking lot here, however, there are lots and garages all around us that are owned by the City of Gatlinburg. They do charge for that.