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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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Fun family time

This is a really wonderful aquarium, and the new Peal Harbor exhibit was very informative and moving. A must see!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Amy R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a really wonderful aquarium, and the new Peal Harbor exhibit was very informative and moving. A must see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a wonderful time with my family . My son loved every minute of it. Also was my moms first time and she loved it

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's not that big but it's fun. The exhibits are well done. Our favorite was the under water viewing of the sharks, followed by the penguins. My preschooler loved the play area and climbing "through" exhibits.

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Thank Stephanie R
Selmer, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

my husband, myself and my sister visited the aquarium last week and it was a wonderful experience. We can not wait to go back again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The aquarium was a very enjoyable and well priced attraction. We especially liked the penguins and being able to touch a jellyfish.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Some aquariums can be a bit expensive for what they offer, but this is not one of those. It was worth every penny. We spent 3-4 hours just wondering around, sometimes sitting in awe in front of the animals' exhibits. The shark tank is awesome--they have some monsters in there! Other highlights include the penguins, stingrays/manta rays, seahorses, and jellyfish.... More 

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Elmer, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited the aquarium with my family ages 10 to 82. All of us enjoyed it very much. There is something for all ages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

They now have the glass boat for you to travel out over the waters with the fish and sharks..the kids love the penguins and the jellyfish they get to touch with the stingrays great for all the family

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Fairfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It had been a few years since our previous trip to the aquarium, and this trip was like seeing it for the first time. Don't worry about seeing the exhibits in any particular order - just make sure that you see ALL of the exhibits (it is not difficult to miss a turn, and therefore miss an entire room). From... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been here several times and am never disappointed. They have a wide variety of fish and other aquatic wildlife. The sharks that swim over the people mover is always great. The penguins are super cute. They are always adding new attractions to make the overall experience better. It is a little pricey but for what you get I... More 

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