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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

#3 of 111 things to do in Gatlinburg Features Animals
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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great place to stop

The aquarium was a nice place to spend a day at. The 170' people mover through the shark tank was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
staceykarnes
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Frederick, Maryland
Educational, fun and 10,000 fish!

It amazes me how an aquarium of this nature is nestled on the edge of the Great Smoky National... read more

Reviewed yesterday
George G
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Boca Raton, Florida
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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%
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“shark tank” (568 reviews)
“penguin exhibit” (479 reviews)
“sea life” (342 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
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+1 888-240-1358
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Reviewed yesterday

The aquarium was a nice place to spend a day at. The 170' people mover through the shark tank was far and away the best part of the aquarium.

Thank staceykarnes
Reviewed yesterday

It amazes me how an aquarium of this nature is nestled on the edge of the Great Smoky National Park! We visited the New England Aquarium and the Monterrey Aquarium, world class aquariums. For the location and space available, Ripley's Aquarium is a breath of...More

Thank George G
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great place for families, but I wouldn't plan your whole day around it. It is only going to take 2-3 hours max to experience everything. Saying that, I believe that it's also little expensive. $30 per person for 2 hours is a...More

Thank J K
Reviewed 2 days ago

We have been to this aquarium several times with my children over the years. My 20 yr old daughter wanted to go again when we were vacationing this July and this is still by far one of the best facilities we have visited. One of...More

Thank 6jimmm
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Best aquarium! Organized very well so you get to see everything. Interactive! Get to touch some of the fish. Very cool! Amazing how many fish and everything they have. All the tanks look so colorful and awesome! Glass bottom kay your so cool!!!

Thank Victoria L
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our kids are 10 and 12 and enjoyed their time at the Aquarium. Lots of different things to see. Wish the glass bottom boat was part of the tickets. Main reason for average was due to my issue below. One complaint is that when we...More

Thank Lori N
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Always plan to visit the Ripleys atrractions. Wish they had separate lines for the residents paying a discounted price over the tourists. Went on Sat and the line was over 2hrs long. Returned on Sunday very early before the lines got long again. Place was...More

Thank Maria Y
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Well we are glad that you enjoyed your time with us, do come again.

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Absolutely beautiful aquarium! Very interactive and staff is extremely knowledgeable. Very kid and family friendly. Buy tickets a head of time though. This is a must see attraction and the line for tickets can be very long!!! Pay ahead and skip the line.

Thank billkubovcik
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

You have it all figured out! Glad that you enjoy it here and hope to see you again.

Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed the Ripley's Aquarium with our kids. They enjoyed the shark tunnel most of all. It was impressive. It is expensive but not any more than anything else in the area. We did the glass bottom boat tour which was not worth the extra...More

Thank cathyd552
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are thrilled that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us, thanks for the review.

Reviewed 3 days ago

The whole family had a great time here. My three year old was just amazed at everything. I enjoyed just watching her reaction to it all. The tanks and displays at this aquarium are amazing. Very well done and highly interesting. We were able to...More

Thank PinchersOfPower
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Glad we could amaze your child, come back and see us again.

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donnacottingham1
June 19, 2017|
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Response from JLecates123 | Reviewed this property |
I believe it's just a regular adult ticket, which is $27.99. They have kid prices.
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Brian H
June 14, 2017|
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Response from Dan C | Property representative |
Teachers are $10.99 plus tax.
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Miranda N
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.
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