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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
Phone Number: +1 888-240-1358
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN, is literally teeming...

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!

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Came down for vacation and this was the first place we made sure to visit, the animals seemed well cared for and we had a great time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Came down for vacation and this was the first place we made sure to visit, the animals seemed well cared for and we had a great time

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Thank Spencer N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent over 2 hours in this beautiful Aquarium. My God, the shark exhibit, the All natural dead skin removal tis off of hands. Lol. I didn't have as much as some. the beautiful fish of all kinds. looking under them and taking pictures as they swim over you. And best off all, you are not rushed to get through.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was the first attraction that we went to after our 700 mile drive to get to Tennessee. We were not disappointed, it was amazing. all the different animals and levels to walk through were great! We would definitely go back again!

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Thank Jeff S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is one of the best aquariums we have ever found. Our kids are grown with their own children and are taking their children building new memories with their families

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Thank William S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Love this aquarium love the shark tunnel and the sting rays and being able to touch them so much nature in one building and very good learning experience if you have children just wish they had dolphins 😉 over all loved it !

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This place was nice and we prolly would have enjoyed it more if we had kids but it wasn't near as big as I thought it was. We are from new Orleans and the aquarium there is way bigger and has a lot more.

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I have teenagers and they thought it was just ok compared to the shedd aquarium in Chicago where we live. but smaller kids would love this place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a fun Aquarium, we were a little worried because people said it was not big but it seemed big to us. The tunnel was a lot of fun and my kids loved all of the Sharks that where swimming over us. The aquarium also has a fun play place for the little ones that are not quite mesmerized... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I bring my family here at least once a year for the last four years now, and we really enjoy it every time. I must say though we just visited August 2016 and Wow. My son had always liked the kids play area but now loves it with the new huge jungle gym play area. We enjoyed holding horseshoe crabs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visit here as often as possible. I have 7 Grandkids all below 9 years of age and this is the best place to take them when they come to visit but even my Mother inlaw loved it and she don't like anything, lol. Not only the sharks and the Rays, but you get to touch jelly fish, yeah real... More 

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