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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ranked #2 of 109 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 older children, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

Definitely grab a coupon from a local store or restaurant. U can get a free shark tooth necklace. Excellent military discounts! Some hotels give a free adult admission too! Definitely try and see the divers shows.

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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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“Always a fun time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

The aquarium is a stop every year while on vacation. The shark tunnel is our favorite. We park in the parking garage right behind the aquarium and walk over, parking is 6.00 maximum if you are there three hours or more, cheaper if you are there less. It takes us around 2 hours to go through the aquarium and that is with a 9 year old.

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Benton, Kentucky
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“Fun but Expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

This was our second trip to the aquarium and this time we had a 2 year old in tow. She had a great time looking at all of the "fishies" but the prices were a little ridiculous. We spend about 2 hours in there and she had reached her limit. We had 5 adults and a 2 year old and it was $165...for 2 hours. If we had spent more time in there or they had additional experiences to hold her attention, I wouldn't mind paying that amount. Overall, the experience was nice and we really enjoyed seeing all of the ocean life.

Visited April 2014
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Mount Airy, North Carolina
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“Was interesting and fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

The kids enjoyed all the fish and the penguins. It was an educational place. The scuba driver going in the tank with the sting rays and sharks was interesting. We would visit again.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Military members- ask about the 8 pack deal!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2014

We were just going to do the aquarium but the guy at the desk started offering a 3-attraction deal. I asked about a military discount and for 2 cents (yes, 2 cents) more, military members get an 8 attraction pass! For two of us it was $89 and change (tax included). This includes the aquarium, old mcdonald's and davy crockett mini golf, mirror maze, moving 5d theater, guiness world records, haunted adventure, and odditorium (all Ripley's). Now on to the aquarium, it was really nicely done. I have been to many aquariums and this one did not disappoint. We are in out mid-late twenties and we had a great time. The shark pool was awesome, all of the different species of fish were really cool, the shark tunnel was really cool as well. There was a slime exhibit (more for the kiddos) and a 'penguin playhouse'. We were in there for at least an hour. They had some cute areas for kids but we obviously skipped those. It was really nicely put together and very clean, I would absolutely recommend this place no matter what kind of group you are in, they have something for everyone!

Visited April 2014
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