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!
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