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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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AMAZING!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Port Arthur, Texas
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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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Thank Anier R
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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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Thank Mrsktk
Columbia, TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Thank RobinColumbia_TN
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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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Unicoi, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ripley's has a great Aquarium. We have been to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. This place is even better. Atlanta's Georgia Aquarium is a little better but we are always impressed with Ripley's when we are in Gatlinburg. They even offer great deals of $10 for Tennessee Residents on different weekend. A great stop when in Gatlinburg.

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Thank Drcalain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very fun aquarium to visit. Many different varieties of fish and activities. However, it is VERY costly for what you get. $70 for 2 people. But we did have a great time there.

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Thank Tyler C
Deputy, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our 2nd trip to aquarium (1st was 3 years ago). My 8 and 4 year old liked the play area, but was disappointed that there wasn't more for 21month old to play with. We love looking at the fish, but Kid's favorite was definitely penguins.

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Thank Lgsom
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A must see! This was the highlight of my trip! My 14 year old granddaughter loved it. The moving sidewalk under the aquarium was phenomenal! Loved the hands on experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been here twice now and the last time was just after Christmas this year. It has been a few years since our last visit but it still seems so new. You see so many things that are unique and can't see anywhere else. Prices are good and its worth every penny. My kids loved it. We highly recommend... More 

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