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“A wonderful experience!!!”

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ranked #2 of 119 things to do in Gatlinburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We have been many times and my 17 year old daughter stated this was the best since she really appreciated it more. We had a great time exploring and reading about the different types of fish and sea creatures. The shark area with the moving walkway is amazing and so much fun seeing the sharks, sea turtles, and other fish up close and personal. Currently the changeable exhibit is about Dinosaurs and we really enjoyed it! It is a small area but it is very interactive and informative. One of the highlights this time was the Penguin Playhouse which has been added since our last visit. The penguins are really cool and they have a tunnel for kids plus a bay penguin had just been born!! It is pricey but worth it...however we get a wonderful deal with a retired military discount so if you served you can get in for a steal!

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Our kids (3 1/2 and almost 2) LOVED the aquarium! There is a lot to do and the staff is very friendly. The sharks were definitely the best part!

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

thought it was a bit overpriced it would cost a family of 4 over 100 bucks and I just dont think it was worth it.

Thank vicki9661
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

It's a bit pricey..about 25.00 per adult. There are different sections dedicated to different parts of the ecosystem. Very nice and my 8 yr. old granddaughter loved it!

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Great opportunity to see the wonders of the seas in an absolutely beautiful surrounding. Amazing exhibits, great fun for young and old. Could have spent a full day there if the younger kids would have allowed.
Be sure to buy tickets online. Ticket prices for adults is almost $31 at the door but $24.99 online. I just excused myself from the ticket counter and used the internet on my iPhone to purchase the tickets for my family.
They have a couple locations in which you can choose to have your picture taken within the Aquarium by their photographers and available for purchase. $15 for (1), $20 for (2) and a specialty package for $25.
Worth the money for the experience. Would get a season pass if we where going to in town a few more days throughout the year.

1  Thank InkedCelticCross
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