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“Really nice, but very expensive”

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ranked #2 of 119 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: Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 5 April 2018

This was a great day trip for the family. The tanks are clean and there are various shows throughout the day. You can walk under the shark tanks through tunnels which is VERY cool. There is an area where you can touch stingrays etc.

We were a group of 4 adults and 1 child. Our total ticket price was $169.00 So be prepared to drop some money on this trip.

Thank Kevin M
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We buy season passes because we go to Gatlinburg at least twice a year. The kids love it...so do I. I always learn something new and the pass pays for itself in two trips and lasts all year.

Thank Debradougan
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Everyone had a great time from the 7 year old all the way up to the 79 year old in our party. The kids loved the play area and I really appreciated the moving walkway that kept people from crowding you in the shark tank viewing area. The items in the gift shop were surprisingly very reasonably priced.

Thank Indymomma2
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

there is a lot of walking but it is worth the walk and the children will adore the discover zone and penquins and sharks well worth the price

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

My 10 year old had fun, but I think we went through the whole place in under 40 minutes. They had some cool attractions, but not enough to justify the expense. Too bad :(

Thank K H
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