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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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great aquarium!

a must do especially if you have kids! we always enjoy going and my daughter was so excited she got... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Katie E
Loved it

Me and the wife went here during our vacation and it was the best time we've had here and we took... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
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Reviewed 1 week ago

a must do especially if you have kids! we always enjoy going and my daughter was so excited she got to meet a mermaid last time!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Katie E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and the wife went here during our vacation and it was the best time we've had here and we took over a hundred pics.. also you get to feed sting Ray's and that was awesome and you can pet them

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ripley knows how to put on a show. However, in terms of the Aquarium, I found this one was really top level. Compared to the Atlanta Aquarium where one can get confused as which direction to go, this allows everyone to smoothly go through and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank oldmantimbo
Reviewed 1 week ago

After a short pleasant walk by Little Pigeon River (?) behind my hotel I reached the Aquarium. It was expensive but lots of exhibits. Many of the tanks seemed a bit on the small side and overcrowded and the penguins reminded me of those in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jacquelinep367
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I, along with my 3 year old son visited this aquarium. It has a good selection of fish, sharks, & has a large playground for kids. I do believe it’s overpriced though. You can see everything in one hour.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank karibetha
MarkfromMarketing, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

karibetha, Thank you for sharing your review with us! We appreciate the feedback as we're always trying to improve!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the best aquariums I’ve ever been too! We make a point to go every time we visit. It’s not the largest one I’ve been too, but it’s not small either and they use every square inch to your benefit. This is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank tshortnacy5707
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed the vast selection of ocean species at Ripley's while visiting the mountains. We took many pictures and video of live creatures that most people will rarely see, almost like diving at Oahu’s electric beach power plant but with more selection. A bit pricy...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Michael G
MarkfromMarketing, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Michael G, Thank you for sharing your review with us! We hope to have you back next time!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Ripleys aquarium is top notch! Plenty to see and do. The lay out is well thought out and easy to navigate. I took a group of teenagers and they had a great time. We would definitely return a d do it again. The gift...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DesiraeP73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It has a good organization. Good view to the shark tunnels like Sea World in Orlando but better that tunnel. We like it. It was good. Good vibe

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank corderojosem
MarkfromMarketing, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

corderojosem, Thank you for the great review! We're happy to hear you had a great visit!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I haven't been here since I was a child. Going back was wonderful. The gift shop was great. They let you touch the jellyfish horseshoe crabs and stingrays. It is a nice quaint yet large aquarium. The animals are mostly fish and rays but it's...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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truckinchick
February 12, 2019|
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Response from Wiseguy90 | Reviewed this property |
Check different tourist areas. The will usally have brochures with coupons. Also the welcome center in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg should as well! Have fun!
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January 20, 2019|
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Response from Lizard P | Reviewed this property |
We haven't done it here, we did it in grand Cayman and really enjoyed it
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Nancy M
January 5, 2019|
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Response from Kay S | Reviewed this property |
Too much! They have several combo options and it is way overpriced. I can't remember exact prices but they are easily accessible online. I can only suggest you spend your money elsewhere.
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