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“Family vacation fun”

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ranked #2 of 121 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: Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
Reviewed 25 May 2018 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 25 May 2018

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

1  Thank uc1bruin
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Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

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

1  Thank Jessica S
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Reviewed 24 May 2018 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 24 May 2018

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 24 May 2018 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 just looking at fish tanks - lots of interactive and hands on things that I haven’t seen at other aquariums. Big playground indoors halfway thru the tour, and tour ending with penguin playhouse, and it happened to be feeding time so this was super cool! Hard to say if the price was “worth it” b/c it was a lot ($89 for two adults and one 3 year old), but def the best aquarium experience I’ve had.

1  Thank Robyn S
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