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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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nice aquarium

We have been here before but we had our 21 month old granddaughter with us and wanted to take her... read more

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h0ckeygirl36
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Pennsylvania
BEST aquarium

My 2 year old spent 5 hours running around this place and never once got bored. His new favorite is... read more

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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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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

We have been here before but we had our 21 month old granddaughter with us and wanted to take her. She had a great time looking at all the fish and she loved going up in the tubes so she was in the middle of...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My 2 year old spent 5 hours running around this place and never once got bored. His new favorite is the stingrays! They even had a stuffed animal available to purchase which he hasn’t put down for 2 days. Beautiful place & must go for...More

Thank Sadie S
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A great place for kids and experience for everyone. Love the variety of sea life they have and all the fun ways to learn about them. A must do while at the Smokies.

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Reviewed yesterday

There is absolutely nothing bad you can say about this place. From the word go, it's perfect, relaxing and everything an aquarium should be. Starting with the outside, it's always beautifully landscaped and clean, the music is so relaxing it sets the atmosphere for inside....More

Thank Laura M
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Enjoyable for the whole family. We loved the penguin exhibit! Plus we learned a lot about jelly fish.

Thank 738sowens
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a very nice aquarium, but the map is small and the writing so tiny you can’t really read it. It’s not easy to find your way around to the areas where shows and feedings are taking place. Hard to find an employee to...More

Thank Lisa H
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Lots of fish we've never seen. The moving walkway under the water dome was great. Great for young and old alike.

Thank brynkitty
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spent about 4 hrs. Watched 3 of the live shows/feedings. Definitely something to do once. You can bring your own food/drink inside. If you have a drink/snack at their restaurant it will cost at least $30 for a family of four.

Thank Stephanie K
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited the aquarium and took our time going through all the exhibits. It took about 4 hours. The moving walkway under the aquarium was awesome. Also did the glass-bottom boat tour. It was short but very cool if you haven't done it before. Recommend this...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great for kids of all ages with lots of activities and exhibits to suit a wide range of ages. The dive shows are fun to watch and all the staff members are friendly and knowledgeable and answer any questions you might have. Parking is very...More

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Jen W
9 June 2018|
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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it without children in tow.
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Jennifer O
29 May 2018|
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wed or thur is the best less people more time to visit
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fiddlestix36
29 May 2018|
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Response from Dakneec | Reviewed this property |
this aquarium is awesome. Although it is not on the scale of sea world you can still spend 3 to 4 hours in here easily. It really is a great aquarium. Have fun
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