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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
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+1 888-240-1358
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09:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 20:00
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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It is a little pricey but it's worth the visit. Everything from Penguins to sharks and everything in between.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is a little pricey but it's worth the visit. Everything from Penguins to sharks and everything in between.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I would give this attraction 3.5/5 stars. They setup is entertaining with cool displays. I was slightly concerned with how small some of the tanks were or. Y how crowded others were but on a while the displays were well lit and eye catching. The penguins were fun. The cost was $67 for 2 adults and we spent maybe 2.5... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited with another family. Great aquarium! We loved the tunnel and the hands on activities. The Pearl Harbor Exhibit was very well done! We would go back.

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Murphy, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good indoor activity I really liked the penguins and i also liked the fish. I had a great time with my family

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am a cheapskate, and the aquarium was well worth it. My kids (10, 6, and 1) were captivated the entire time. Exhibits are easy to view and navigate. You can find cheaper adult tickets online and can also save by bundling with another Ripley's attraction, but I'm not sure I would recommend another Ripley's attraction.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great indoor activity. I am a big Shark fan, so that was my favorite part of our visit. Large variety of Aquatic life and very educational as well.

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Mark I, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

joanna_walters2002, Thank you for the fantastic review! We're glad you all had a great time! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a really wonderful aquarium, and the new Peal Harbor exhibit was very informative and moving. A must see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a wonderful time with my family . My son loved every minute of it. Also was my moms first time and she loved it

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's not that big but it's fun. The exhibits are well done. Our favorite was the under water viewing of the sharks, followed by the penguins. My preschooler loved the play area and climbing "through" exhibits.

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Mark I, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Stephanie R, Thank you for sharing your review with us! We're glad to see you had a great time! We hope to have you back! More 

Selmer, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

my husband, myself and my sister visited the aquarium last week and it was a wonderful experience. We can not wait to go back again!

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