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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
Today
09:00 - 20:00
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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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Awesome Place

Awesome place to go. Enjoyed everything there. Great place to see and lots to look at. Definitely a must see when in Gatlinburg.

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

Awesome place to go. Enjoyed everything there. Great place to see and lots to look at. Definitely a must see when in Gatlinburg.

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Toccoa, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been twice and both times have been an excellent experience. Without a doubt, better than we had imagined. Several unique fish that I don't think you would see at other aquariums. The tunnel under the sharks is great! The penguins are so cute!!! I could have stared at the jellyfish for a long time! The Pearl Harbor exhibit... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We loved the shark tunnel!!! By the far the best thing at the aquarium. We spent quite a bit of time admiring the sharks swim. The overall views of them are amazing, especially of their teeth. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Parking was behind the building with plenty of space. $6 for the day was a bargain.

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Gainesville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

OK, the penguins are the stars, but this place is amazing. It's by far the best aquarium I've been to and the most interactive. I prefer it to Chattanooga and Atlanta. Take your time. It takes 2.5 hours to really do it all. The stingray encounter is absolutely work the price.

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Port Arthur, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A large, incredible aquarium! So much to see. Rooms and rooms of sea life. Walk under the dolphins swimming over your head. We spent several hours there with a small child and we were all entertained. Lots of hands on for the kids. Can't wait to visit again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was a wonderful experience! The exhibitions and animals looked well taken care of and clean. The staff was attentive. The best part for me was walking in the tunnel and seeing the sharks and other fish swim above me, it was amazing. ❤

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's ok. Like every other decent aquarium you've been to. Kinda strange to find one in the mountains of Tennessee but I suppose you must entertain the tourists. Decently well kept and somewhat educational.

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Columbia, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

They have several new attractions since we were there two years ago. Touch jellyfish tank and a Pearl Harbour exhibit. Very nice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have been here several times over the past several years and I love coming here with my wife and 2 1/2 year old son. He loves it and we love watching the expressions on his face when we go to each exhibit. There is always something new each time we come here which is usually once a year. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is absolutely amazing. I would recommend it for any and all ages. Will definitely be back!

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