We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“must see!”

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ranked #2 of 119 things to do in Gatlinburg
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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 older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage
Reviewed September 16, 2013

If you don't stop here, you missed out. Great aquarium, full of sharks,penguins, eels, hammerheads and sawfish. Jellyfish and seahorses.

Thank Dennis H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (12,158)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"shark tank"
in 607 reviews
"penguin exhibit"
in 506 reviews
"sea life"
in 361 reviews
"horseshoe crabs"
in 344 reviews
"moving sidewalk"
in 291 reviews
"the pearl"
in 290 reviews
"underwater tunnel"
in 234 reviews
"glass bottom boat"
in 139 reviews
"conveyor belt"
in 139 reviews
"clams"
in 218 reviews
"all ages"
in 637 reviews
"rainy day"
in 297 reviews
"great for kids"
in 158 reviews
"gift shop"
in 361 reviews
"whole family"
in 279 reviews
"little pricey"
in 245 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 160 reviews
Filter

9,166 - 9,170 of 12,158 reviews

Reviewed September 16, 2013

I have two young boys, so it's not often I travel with out them. We visited the aquarium and we all had a great time.They have several shows through out the day. We enjoyed watching the dive show. This is definitely a place to go if you travel with kids. And its with out a doubt the best Ripley's Aquarium I've been to.

Thank Tiffany M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 16, 2013

For all of the attractions in Gatlinburg, this one is that everyone in the family can enjoy!
The people at the ticket booth were amazing and wonderful. I had not checked our tickets On our way in the person taking tickets saw that I had handed her my online reservation instead of tickets. I had given the woman at our hotel our online tickets instead of our online reservation papers!!...It could have turned out very bad..However the person at the ticket desk assisted and quickly we were on our way..

It was beautiful, edgy, mysterious, and a fun experience. Took our time.
Would like to go back sometime. Fantastic Penguins.

If there is any complaint is that the food and gift shops are a little pricey. 4.00 for a drink.
Given the locale, that's more of an expectation than a complaint.

Thank Tonya B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 16, 2013

The best aquarium I've ever been to! This aquarium is extremely well done. There are little tunnels you can walk through where you are surrounded by various fish. Also, it's a lot of fun watch divers feed the fish. Great entertainment. You can easily spend two to three hours here. The kids will love it!

Thank Cy V
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Overall, a pretty nice aquarium. They had a small variety of freshwater fish including a few very unique varieties. The saltwater species were awesome. The tank full of water dragons were spectacular. We probably spent 45 minutes on them alone. Hugh shark tank/tunnel was worth going through multiple times. Penguin exhibit was very well done and very informative. A good time was had by all. A little pricey and had to pay to park.

Thank jwlewis1975
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies also viewed

 

Been to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing