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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
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+1 888-240-1358
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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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My family went around 7 pm on Saturday night. There was not many people at all there! We got to sit on the floor and watch the staff feed the fish when you would normally be... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Gadsden, Alabama
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Gadsden, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family went around 7 pm on Saturday night. There was not many people at all there! We got to sit on the floor and watch the staff feed the fish when you would normally be standing shoulder to shoulder with others to watch. This is a much better aquarium than Chattanooga in my opinion,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Quality Aquarium. Nicer and larger than expected. Unusual fish and exhibits, divers feeding fish, learning about regeneration of coral reefs, walk-through many-species tank.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved it! I had really good time. It was kinda of cold outside so being indoors was perfect. The parking lot for the pool was being guarded I was told I couldn't park in it because it was only for new quest that were arriving. They need more parking. It was raining and cold. Didn't want to walk from our... More 

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Thank Jerome F
Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I went here on our honeymoon. It's a great place for fun of all ages! Great displays of sea life. Interesting and interactive displays, as well as plenty of areas of activity for wee ones too!! I'd recommend to all, families included! It's gone well spent! And get ticket combo discounts from your hotel or lodge to... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is nothing short of amazing! It has so much in one place. We've been to a lot of aquariums and this place beats them all. We always get a Season Pass, and our young children easily spend hours exploring the Aquarium, and new Play Land. We always enjoy looking for the large green sea turtle-"Sally." We just love... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was very impressed by this aquarium. Usually, I get kinda bored after a while of looking at fishes, but this aquarium kept my attention the entire time. We saw several different sea creatures and we even saw them feeding them, when we were in the glass tunnel. This aquarium is perfect for families. I recommend this to everyone!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We love the Ripley's Aquarium. It is like no other aquarium I have ever been to in the US. There are a vast variety of fish and sea creatures as well as interactive exhibits. One thing I will say though is that I have never been able to actually touch the rays at Touch A Ray Bay. They are very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome aquarium! This was the first time my husband had gone to the aquarium and he loved it. We was surprised.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ripely's Aquarium of the Smokies combines the beauty of the mountains with the exploration of the oceans. Thousands of fish, sharks and other sea life float effortlessly through the clear waters. There are so many places and angles to view the animals from. They have hands on exhibits for the kids to enjoy and dive shows! Snack bar and a... More 

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Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My fiancé had a great time here and it was a nice way to spend some time, all the Ripley attractions are great!

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