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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

#2 of 110 things to do in Gatlinburg Features Animals
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Good spot for children!

Good place for children! Entertaining and educational! Close to the. National Forrest. Hiked in... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Nashville, Tennessee
Just what you'd expect...

This attraction might've been more fun with a group of children as they're often amazed by the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Timothy C
Lexington, Kentucky
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“shark tank” (542 reviews)
“penguin exhibit” (450 reviews)
“sea life” (329 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Reviewed yesterday

Good place for children! Entertaining and educational! Close to the. National Forrest. Hiked in the morning and went to the aquarium in the afternoon. Nice.

Thank fredtbell
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This attraction might've been more fun with a group of children as they're often amazed by the unknown. As an adult who once studied biology in undergrad, it's quite hard to spark my interest in terms of aquatic wildlife. I found this aquarium to be...More

Thank Timothy C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The aquarium is amazing! The shark tunnel is so much fun and the amount of sharks you see is spectacular. And the hands on activities for the kids is great! You can touch jelly fish, stingrays, and more! Spent at least three hours looking at...More

Thank abaldwin76
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have no complaints about the aquarium, this was my daughters first time and she loved it. We have been quite a few times.

Thank Brandy B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Ripley's Aquarium is a nice relaxing break from the busy Main Street of Gatlinburg. You can easy spend several hours checking out the varied aquatic critters on display. I especially enjoy Shark Lagoon: an underwater walkway that lets you see sharks and a number of...More

Thank Nicholas W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have been to quite a few aquariums around the country so I went to Ripley's aquarium with high hopes but moderate expectations. I was pleasantly surprised at how great it was. The tunnels with the sharks and other large fish was stunning. We watched...More

Thank Robin T
Reviewed 2 days ago

All in all, this is a good aquarium. I appreciate how clean the exhibits are, how much space they have for people to move around, how descriptive the placards are, and how much my son loves it, but at almost $80 for 2 adults and...More

Thank jcsquared2
Reviewed 2 days ago

Aquariums are not my way of spending a vacation but I relented to go. I found this one better than about any other our family has visited. Just skip the extra option to pay for the ride of the sharks. Not worth it when you...More

Thank LimekilnLady
Reviewed 2 days ago

We attended the Penguin Encounter where we pet a penguin, a behind the scenes tour and a chance to Splash with Stingrays. For the price, it was definitely worth it! Outside of the encounters, the aquarium in itself was educational, beautiful and well maintained. Definitely...More

Thank Amanda P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a wonderful venue. From the exhibits to the staff, it was well worth it! The hands on exhibits were a lot of fun. I especially liked touching the jellyfish. Quite a great find!

Thank 133tinao
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Miranda N
Is there free parking?
29 May 2017|
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Kinzie M
i see a lot of reviews about kids loving the attraction, my fiancé and i don't have children, just wondering if adults find it fun to? We Love aquariums.
7 May 2017|
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Response from RASMPhillips | Property representative |
Yes, the aquarium is enjoyable for all ages.
What day of the week seems to be your "less busy" day. We are coming the last week of March.
5 March 2017|
Response from RASMPhillips | Property representative |
During Spring Break, the best time to visit is right after we open at 9 am or in the evenings.