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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Never gets old seeing all the different fish swimming around. Great place to take pictures the pop... read more

Reviewed yesterday
April L
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Great place to visit!!

We really enjoyed our trip to this aquarium! It exceeded our expectations. The sharks were cool! I... read more

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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!
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“shark tank” (607 reviews)
“penguin exhibit” (506 reviews)
“sea life” (361 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
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+1 888-240-1358
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Never gets old seeing all the different fish swimming around. Great place to take pictures the pop up bubbles are totally awesome.

Thank April L
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We really enjoyed our trip to this aquarium! It exceeded our expectations. The sharks were cool! I loved the way it's like a tunnel of water all around you. As you are walking thru, there are fish and sharks swimming over your head as well...More

Thank alc0rn
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Reviewed yesterday

We really enjoyed the aquarium! We took the “Boat ride” and saw many fish from above the glass bottom, including a turtle! The narrative by the guides was very informative! Then we toured the rest of the aquarium and exhibits! Many differ tanks set up...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This was an awesome aquarium! You can take pictures of almost everything there. Great for all ages! I got to touch horseshoe crab and jelly fish! You also can touch a stingray. They also have a snack bar where you can sit and watch all...More

Thank 753kathy
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great visit with the family on a rainy day! Loved the idea of the moving sidewalk so everyone has a chance to see everything! Touch tanks were really cool!

Thank Heidi P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

its an ok place a little over priced the one in Chattanooga is a whole much better place the whole place was just a so so exhibit with a ho hum nothing really jumped out to show how good it can be

Thank uc1bruin
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Worth the money! This was our second time coming to this aquarium and it was so much better than the first!

Thank Jessica S
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very friendly and all your questions are answered staff went out their way to ensure that your visit was memorable

Thank Roger R
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Mark I, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Roger R, Thank you for sharing your review with us. We certainly appreciate it! We can't wait to have you back!

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took our 3 year old on a hot day to get the aquarium experience. It was pricey, but have to admit it was ramped up from the aquarium experiences we’re used to. The sawfish was the coolest, especially in the walk-through tunnel. It’s not...More

Thank Robyn S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I really enjoyed visiting Ripley's Aquarium but thought it would have been bigger than it was. Getting to see the penguins and feed the stingrays was the highlight of the trip. I did purchase a snack from the snack bar and felt it was very...More

Thank Megan C
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KaylaGray A
10 May 2018|
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Response from RASMPhillips | Property representative |
The Mermaid Shows are included in the general admission price. The Glass Bottom Boat Adventure is an additional cost.
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4 April 2018|
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Response from richTwalker | Reviewed this property |
It was open when I was there.
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Jacob S
21 March 2018|
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Response from Ashley L | Reviewed this property |
$33 adults, $18 6-11, $8 2-5, under 2 is free. Save $2 if you buy online. If you buy online, the ticket is emailed to you & you can easily pull it up on your phone. You pretty much skip the line doing this. We actually did... More
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