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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
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+1 888-240-1358
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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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Lovely experience at the aquarium.

They have lots to do, we fed the stingrays for under $4 if you're squeamish don't bother but if you have ever baited a hook it's not much different. The kids loved it. You can pet... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Seneca, South Carolina
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Seneca, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

They have lots to do, we fed the stingrays for under $4 if you're squeamish don't bother but if you have ever baited a hook it's not much different. The kids loved it. You can pet jellyfish and horseshoe crabs. The moving sidewalk was great since the kids could stop and look overhead without causing a pileup, they loved seeing... More 

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Westfield
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful time visiting the Aquarium. The staff was very friendly, the best part was the shark tunnel and the penguin. My husband and I went because we were on a couples getaway and we really enjoyed it, but is a great family place too.... has a play area for kids.

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Thank Lindsey E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Be amazed as you waddle your way through a collection of trapped sentient animals, harbored here in enclosures way to small, stripped of their natural environment, and surrounded by screaming children. Wanted a relaxing or romantic environment for your 50 dollars? Say good bye to that, thanks to the newly installed playground in the center of the building. The distant... More 

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Thank Hemlock G
Clinton, Tennessee
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies was indeed a great place to take my 3-year-old nephew. However, for the price it was not at all what I have seen advertised. It took 1 hour to park, there seemed to be very little interest when it came to the handicapped and people with strollers. I thought it was great to be at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Customer service was great, all the staff was very friendly and always ready to help. The shark tunnel is one of the most unique and fun experiences my family and I have ever had. Truly awe-inspiring. You feel like you're right there in the ocean with all the beautiful sea life. We arrived within a few minutes of opening, but... More 

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Thank Tina H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

my kids come at least once a year . we do a day trip. I think its on the expensive but we go when they are running a special which they some times

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Thank Kimberly B
Gallatin, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a blast visiting the aquarium today! Beautiful bright exhibits and hands on activities made for an enjoyable experience for everyone. The staff was really nice and once we were able to spread out from the crowd we were really able to relax and enjoy ourselves. HELPFUL HINTS: 1. Buy tickets online. You'll save money but more importantly you can... More 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first stop of many in Tennessee and we were not disappointed. This place was awsome lots of nice fish and marine life to see. we had lunch at the place inside and were not disappointed with that either. Overall this s a great place to visit for adults and children.

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Thank Patrick S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a little pricey but it's worth the visit. Everything from Penguins to sharks and everything in between.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I would give this attraction 3.5/5 stars. They setup is entertaining with cool displays. I was slightly concerned with how small some of the tanks were or. Y how crowded others were but on a while the displays were well lit and eye catching. The penguins were fun. The cost was $67 for 2 adults and we spent maybe 2.5... More 

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