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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

#3 of 111 things to do in Gatlinburg Features Animals
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Sharks, Stingrays and Jellyfish

Absolutely beautiful aquarium! Very interactive and staff is extremely knowledgeable. Very kid and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
billkubovcik
via mobile
Fun place with lots to see

We enjoyed the Ripley's Aquarium with our kids. They enjoyed the shark tunnel most of all. It was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
cathyd552
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Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
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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!
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“shark tank” (568 reviews)
“penguin exhibit” (479 reviews)
“sea life” (342 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
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+1 888-240-1358
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely beautiful aquarium! Very interactive and staff is extremely knowledgeable. Very kid and family friendly. Buy tickets a head of time though. This is a must see attraction and the line for tickets can be very long!!! Pay ahead and skip the line.

Thank billkubovcik
Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed the Ripley's Aquarium with our kids. They enjoyed the shark tunnel most of all. It was impressive. It is expensive but not any more than anything else in the area. We did the glass bottom boat tour which was not worth the extra...More

Thank cathyd552
Reviewed yesterday

The whole family had a great time here. My three year old was just amazed at everything. I enjoyed just watching her reaction to it all. The tanks and displays at this aquarium are amazing. Very well done and highly interesting. We were able to...More

Thank PinchersOfPower
Reviewed 2 days ago

Take the trolley or park in the lot behind. Buy your tickets online to skip the long lines at the counter. If you buy online tickets, go right up to Customer Service. We also purchased optional tickets for 9.99 each to ride the glass bottom...More

Thank RauMom
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Sounds like you covered it all, thanks for the review.

Reviewed 2 days ago

Usually hit this place every few years and this year was a great value. TN residents got in for 10 dollars. Fun place

Thank mmiller6785
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We try to be fun, come back and see us again.

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Came here for the 3rd time, had a great visit with 3 teenagers. Facility was clean and exhibits were nice. The exhibit on Pearl Harbor was phenomenal. Did the glass bottom boat, which was just ok. Great visit.

Thank FamilyFourMichigan
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Glad you had a great visit, come back soon.

Reviewed 2 days ago

was very nicely set up and to walk threw. educational fun. staff was helpful if you have any questions.

Thank Anthony M
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

The sharks are amazing, come back and see them again.

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

When on vacation zoos and aquariums are my thing. I loved the set up of the aquarium and loved the tunnel ride. It was very interesting to learn more about Pearl harbor.

Thank Amanda S
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

When you come back, we will be here so you can do your thing again.

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visit was wonderful. We fed stingrays. Everything was clean and a lot geared for young children. I would return.

Thank aschuler61584
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We hope you do return and look forward to it.

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful Aquarium and very clean. Seeing these amazing creatures up close was great. The sharks were my favorite until I saw the sea turtle. The only thing I was disappointed with was the up charge for the glass bottom boat ride. No signs anywhere telling...More

Thank Kristina K
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

You had a Sally sighting! She really is amazing, glad that you got to see her.

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donnacottingham1
20 June 2017|
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Response from JLecates123 | Reviewed this property |
I believe it's just a regular adult ticket, which is $27.99. They have kid prices.
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Brian H
15 June 2017|
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Response from Dan C | Property representative |
Teachers are $10.99 plus tax.
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Miranda N
30 May 2017|
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Response from Dan C | Property representative |
We do not have a parking lot here, however, there are lots and garages all around us that are owned by the City of Gatlinburg. They do charge for that.
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