Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 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!
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Black and Silver Nomadic
Box Elder, SD160 contributions
Mar 2022
Having quite a few decent aquariums in our backyard at home, I was shocked that this one was as impressive as it was. Ripleys did an incredible job of building a jaw-dropping aquarium here in Gatlinburg and even better was the variety of fishes available to view. The walkthrough tunnel is breathtaking, and I must say I enjoyed taking a good amount of time, stepped off of the moving track that runs through it, to observe. Also if you love penguins, this is one of the better exhibits to see them, and the keepers, when they do their presentations, are hilarious even for adults. Also be sure to stick around for the penguin parade, just be careful where you walk after they go through!
Written December 7, 2022
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BubbaCountryCookin
Sevierville, TN12 contributions
Dec 2022
Although this aquarium is still pretty awesome, it's age is really starting to show.

Lots of various sea life to enjoy!
Written December 7, 2022
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Njeri W
Atlanta, GA136 contributions
Nov 2022
This isn't a very large aquarium but they've really done their best to maximize their space. You will see a large variety of water life. They also have a great play area for kids. It is centrally located in Gatlinburg so you can walk around to other attractions. Ripley's does offer bundle packages to see other attractions. We did the Aquarium + 2 bundle and that was plenty to do for a fun day in Gatlinburg. They also had pictures with Santa when we visited which was a nice addition.
Written December 4, 2022
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Sheri Fix
Springfield, IL17 contributions
Dec 2022
This was the first Aquarium I ever visited as an adult. All others don't compare to this one. You are literally inches away from huge man-eating sharks. They do follow you as you are moved on a conveyer that takes you around twists and turns. I can't wait for the rest of my extended family to witness this. And my adult daughter got to touch her first sting ray in the ray pool. But the price could be a bit lower for my liking.
Written December 1, 2022
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MrsA
25 contributions
Nov 2022
My husband and I visited the aquarium after an underwhelming visit to Anakeesta and was pleasantly surprised. Lots of unusual fish and huge stingrays.

The sharks were the best, you can walk through the tunnels and have them swimming above you. There was also a giant turtle, he was cute. I could've watched him swimming around all day.

Penguins were amusing also.
Written November 23, 2022
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ssjj123
Brazil, IN211 contributions
Nov 2022
Very cool views of aquatic life in various settings. The fish feeding show was awesome. I expected more from the penguin display, but everything else was so good that it didn't seem like a huge deal. I also enjoyed the interesting factoids about Ripley himself. On the down side, the admission fee is a bit pricey, and there were no coupons.
Written November 20, 2022
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Kenneth R
Pigeon Forge, TN4 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Great aquarium! Being a family that goes to a lot of aquariums this has to be one of the best ones. Very scenic views around aquarium and amazing looking building.
Written November 18, 2022
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Waterandsunshine
Pensacola, FL12 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Very nice aquarium. Our teenage boys enjoyed it as much as we did! The penguin march is done each day, around 1I think, so ask about that. It was cute!
Written November 18, 2022
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Ellen G
2 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Extremely DISAPPOINTED. Not sure how this location is rated #1 in the US. The aquariums in NC are much better and nowhere near as expensive. The glass bottom boat was fun and informative.
Written November 15, 2022
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Michael
Crawfordville, FL1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Family
Fantastic was definitely informative on sea life. I felt like Aquaman. Lol Definitely learned a good bit, still couldn't talk to the fish. Lol
Written November 10, 2022
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies (Gatlinburg) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is open:
  • Mon - Thu 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri - Sun 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM