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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

#2 of 109 things to do in Gatlinburg Features Animals
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Variety of animals faculty and restrooms clean. Things to keep the children entertained and adults... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Memphis, Tennessee
via mobile
Excellent aquarium. A must-see when in Gatlinburg

This is one of the best aquariums I've ever been in. The place is small, but they have utilized the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Newbern, Tennessee
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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!
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea life” (332 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 22:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Variety of animals faculty and restrooms clean. Things to keep the children entertained and adults too

Thank glp0809
Reviewed yesterday

This is one of the best aquariums I've ever been in. The place is small, but they have utilized the space they have well. The tunnel through the shark tank is treat to walk through. They have both a moving and non-moving sidewalk. In addition,...More

Thank DyersburgTraveler
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Again love this place we always make sure to visit the aquarium the new attraction is the glass bottom boat!!! This was so exciting to be so close with the shark's!!! And to see Sally the turtle, it was awesome!!!!

Thank dkmoonprincess
Reviewed yesterday

We visited once again this trip to enjoy our favorite Gatlinburg attraction. The shark tunnel and sting ray touch bay always keep us coming back again even though we were not allowed to touch them on our most recent trip. For sure worth the money...More

Thank Austin C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Awesome showcase of all the aquatic life! The only reason it's not a five star is because it was packed on a weekday, like what?! But is was my second time here and I love it so I don't mind that it was packed. My...More

Thank Crazed S
Reviewed yesterday

We went on a day that it was supposed to rain. Everyone else on vacation seemed to have had the same idea. The place was packed. We had to skip a few exhibits just to be able to get out of the crowd somewhat. Once...More

Thank Heather C
Reviewed yesterday

This was a nice surprise in Gatlinburg. It has a trolley stop, so it is convenient to visit. The aquarium is a nice family place to visit. It was smaller than I thought, so it doesn't take too long to visit the entire place. I...More

Thank Laura B
Reviewed yesterday

Our family loves aquariums, and we really enjoyed this one! We've been to the Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, but this was our first visit to the Smokies, and we knew we had to see the Aquarium. It was on the top of our list,...More

Thank Cheryl F
Reviewed yesterday

It had been more than 10 years since the last time I had visited this aquarium, and I was not disappointed! I am always in awe watching the sea creatures flying through the water, and this was no different. I thought going through the shark...More

Thank Suzanne E
Reviewed yesterday

Open views of everything so it didnt get too crowded. There were lots of different species to look at.

Thank scottkat02
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How much does a ticket cost for Seniors?
19 June 2017|
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Response from Steve C | Reviewed this property |
$27.99 for just an aquarium only ticket. I don't believe they have a senior discount. I could be wrong though.
Brian H
Myrtle Beach Ripleys let's teachers in free. They said that applies at all Ripleys. Is that true here?
14 June 2017|
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Response from Dan C | Property representative |
Teachers are $10.99 plus tax.
Miranda N
Is there free parking?
30 May 2017|
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Response from Dan C | Property representative |
We do not have a parking lot here, however, there are lots and garages all around us that are owned by the City of Gatlinburg. They do charge for that.