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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
Phone Number: +1 888-240-1358
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09:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN, is literally teeming...

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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This aquarium has to one of the top 2 or 3 I have ever been to. It's amazing journey in, and under, and around the tanks and water life is simply astounding. I realize that... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This aquarium has to one of the top 2 or 3 I have ever been to. It's amazing journey in, and under, and around the tanks and water life is simply astounding. I realize that Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park all have outstanding things to see and do, but this is a must visit while... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very pretty and large. Could spend a long time in here. Tons of thing to see and great deal with the Ripley's Pass.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We attended Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies on Thanksgiving day while visiting family. There were many opportunities for photo shots by holiday displays, Pearl Harbor poster cut outs, as well as aquarium exhibits. They also offer photo shots throughout the aquarium that you can purchase as you leave. I personally suggest the memory stick with all the shots they take.... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies was an underwater delight. You could tell by the health and vitality of the animals that the staff loves them. The aquarium is handicap accessible which makes it great for everyone. The whole area was very clean. Interaction with the stingrays and jellys made me feel like a kid again. Speaking of kids, there is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our kids had a great time. Lots of interesting things to see and explore. It takes about 2 hours or less to see everything at your pace

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Whenever we visit Gatlinburg we love to stop at the aquarium. Ripley's attractions gives a discount to military and are very nice to deal with. It seems that they are very attentive to their animals and keep the place clean and the attractions don't appear old and neglected.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Was so impressed with this aquarium!! My favorite was the penguins! I think the setting of the aquarium in regards to location and views in Gatlinburg are just gorgeous!!! Don't miss this attraction!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not much has changed over the years for the main exhibits, but like any good zoo or aquarium, you really don't care. It's still amazing seeing the fish and relaxing watching them swim set to soft music. What has been updated since the last time I visited was a large play area built in the middle of the aquarium for... More 

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Crab Orchard, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a great tip seeing all the animals at the Aquarium. Was a little crowded but I expected that. Two thumbs up.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I think this is the best one that Ripley's has it was a great place to spend the day, and loved the Penguins. That is the main reason we went there was to see them.

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