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“Very impressed!!!”

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ranked #2 of 109 things to do in Gatlinburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Very impressed!!!”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

We were not sure how good the Ripley's aquarium was going to be based on the other Ripley attractions in Gatlinburg. They are all really just tourist traps and I felt like we got ripped off at most. As others have stated avoid the package deal where you buy the aquarium ticket and save money on other attractions.

The aquarium was MUCH larger than I imagined, we spent over three hours and had a very good time. Lots of interactive exhibits for our children. Our favorite part is the tunnel that takes you 'underwater' to view all the marine life. It has a moving sidewalk so you don't have to worry about people standing in the same place and not allowing you to get good views.

The penguin exhibit is new and a nice addition. Our children really liked how you could go inside the glass tube and literally be inches from the penguins.

One tip is check with your hotel if they have discounted tickets to the aquarium. We got 1/2 price off all our tickets so it was an incredible value!

Visited February 2012
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“Worth a visit, but AVOID the "combo ticket" rip-off!”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

I'm a lover of aquariums. This one is one of my favorites. The aquarium is set up quite nicely, and it does have a nice variety of exhibits and animals to view. However, here are a few warnings. Do NOT go here if there are a lot of people around town. It will be so crowded that you will not enjoy yourself, period. Do NOT buy the combo ticket garbage or the "pamphlet" they persuade you to buy at the ticket booth. All of the other Ripley's attractions are tourist traps with little substance. If you've never been before, the Believe it or Not museum is a decent one, but the rest are just plain awful. Unfortunately, for the price you pay for Ripley's attractions, you really receive very little. All of them, including the aquarium, get a "1" in the value category from me.

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“Wonderful as always!!”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

This is always a most our trips. No matter how many times you've seen it, it still is amazing!

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Reviewed 21 February 2012

we thoroughly enjoyed the aquarium... it def has been updated...we loved the shark section.

Visited February 2012
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“A Have Too if you love Aquariums”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

I have been here multiple times and I always feel relaxed during and after visit. Great for a hot, cold or rainy day while on vacation.

Visited February 2012
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