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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Beautiful scenery!

This aquarium had a large selection of fish. It was very clean and such a great place for family... read more

Reviewed today
Haley G
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Bunkie, Louisiana, United States
Awesome!

I’m no connoisseur of aquariums but I think this one is top notch. Tons of things to see, do, and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
traveler2983
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Nashville, Tennessee
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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” (598 reviews)
“penguin exhibit” (507 reviews)
“sea life” (359 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
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+1 888-240-1358
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Reviewed today

This aquarium had a large selection of fish. It was very clean and such a great place for family time to learn new things and have fun as a family all at the same time.

Thank Haley G
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I’m no connoisseur of aquariums but I think this one is top notch. Tons of things to see, do, and play with.

Thank traveler2983
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was one of our best days on vacation! Beautiful aquarium with lots of attractions! Our 8 year old loved the mermaid show, the sharks, and the penguins in particular. Every exhibit was great!!!

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We love the Aquarium. It’s our second visit because we love it so much! My 4 yr old loved the penguins especially! My fave is the shark tunnel!! So cool!

Thank Lisa H
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Reviewed yesterday

I've been to numerous aquariums and this one is awesome. They have a large variety of fish and everything is so clean. I enjoyed the new shipwreck display.

Thank MisterShrimp
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This aquarium is probably one of the best in the USA. There is so much to do here for all ages. The shark tank was my favorite. There is a glass bottom boat ride inside the building which I thought was fun. There is also...More

Thank Clnjssc
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It needs an elevator entrance to ticket level from the street. The glass bottom boat feature is not necessary.

Thank Connie S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I loved this aquarium. This displays were great. Each tank had a video monitor that presented information about the fish in the tank - as apposed to just a picture of the fish. Everything was clean and well maintained. It is the best aquarium that...More

Thank Mark M
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We loved this aquarium. It was very expensive to get in. Especially when you have a large family. We really enjoyed all the moving walk ways in the shark tunnel. Amazing views. The kids loved the penguin area.

Thank Kristy B
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Awesome set up. Loved the tube with the sharks are swimming above and around us. Could use more bathrooms throught the area but overall a great place.

Thank ramonabrian
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August 3, 2018|
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Response from Kris S | Reviewed this property |
HOURS January – February Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 8 pm, Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 10 pm March – Memorial Day Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm, Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 10 pm Memorial Day – Labor Day Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 10 pm... More
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August 1, 2018|
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Honestly not positive, guessing $30-$40. Our tickets were given to us by our timeshare company
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July 27, 2018|
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Response from thisisaebleskiver | Reviewed this property |
I paid for the encounter. I knew my son would love it and he did. He got to pet a penguin and got into the water with stingrays... while it wasn’t exactly swimming they provided a wetsuit and they go to a shallow part where... More
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