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“Ripley's Aquarium”

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: Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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9 reviews
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“Ripley's Aquarium”
Reviewed 27 February 2012

Excellent attraction! This aquarium was very nice and informative while still being fun and interesting.

Visited February 2012
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Smiths Grove
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“Great for kids”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

Our 4 year old loves the aquarium, loves the long tunnels of sharks and his fav the huge sea turtle

Visited February 2012
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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“Of all the Ripleys only one worth doing”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

It is a cute aquarium and has some interactive exhibits. The sharks are amazing. It was a couple hours of good family fun. The other Ripley's attractions were not worth the time or money. The aquarium was worth both. The penguin playhouse was small but each penguin has a name band on its wing and the kids could climb into a plexiglass tunnel and see the exhibit from the inside which they loved. The staff was friendly and there is a parking structure next store.

Visited February 2012
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Atlanta, GA
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63 reviews
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“Highlight of our trip”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

The aquarium is among the best we've visited. The penguin area is the highlight. You get really close to them, and there are clear tunnels through which the kids can crawl to get even closer. Feeding time is great to watch. We watched the guys in scuba gear feed the stingrays and other fish. The presentations outside the tank was just as interesting. The fish themselves were big and you usually swam very close to the glass. This adds to the "WOW" factor. Other highlights include the play area, which has a tank with a hole to let kids take their picture with the fish. After we left, the kids kept talking about the animals we saw inside, and to me, that's an indication of how good an attraction is.

Visited February 2012
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Kalona IA
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“Great place”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

Good place to take family and friends to see some different tropical fish, bigger river fish, etc. must do with family in Gatlinburg. Use coupons given by resort or vendors.

Visited November 2011
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