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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 - 22:00
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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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We bought the aquarium plus three more ripleys attractions for $50 and it was well worth it. I really enjoyed the aquarium the shark walk through was really cool and is a awesome... read more

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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We bought the aquarium plus three more ripleys attractions for $50 and it was well worth it. I really enjoyed the aquarium the shark walk through was really cool and is a awesome experience. The sharks and fish go all around the exhibit. There are also places where you can touch crabs and other animals.

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Thank Madison W
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a great time! There was something to do for every member of the family, from the adults to the kids. We enjoyed the shark and Ray exhibits. We were able to see the diver in with the tropical fish and she did a great job interacting with the crowd while she fed them. Overall we had a great... More 

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Thank Ken P
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

There really was something for everyone in our group. Our 7 year old just wanted to play on the jungle-gym play area and got bored with the fish after the first 30 minutes. Our teenagers like feeding the stingrays and learned a lot about Pearl Harbor in the new exhibit. It is a pretty cool place and has lots of... More 

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Thank Jill B
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The aquarium is a great way to spend an afternoon! All of the exhibit were accessible and the information was fun to read. This is a must see for the family.

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Thank Neil T
Pikeville, Kentucky
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Yes, yes, Ripley's Aquarium is a great attraction, the animals are beautiful, your kids will love it. (And yeah it's a little pricy, but so is everything else in a vacation, right?) I'd like to use this review as a chance to praise the Feeding Frenzy snack bar, though. It's the best one I've ever been to. I had a... More 

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Thank Robby C
Shreveport, Louisiana
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to the Aquarium last minute which was not a good idea. We only had about an hour before closing and my kids insisted that we still went because we would be leaving the next morning. We totally enjoyed the time we had there and when I go back again I'll make sure we give it its due time.... More 

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Thank Felicia W
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Sorry that you couldn't stay longer, it sounds like you loved what you got to see. Hurry back and we will have the doors open for you! More 

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Its kind of cool to go in and see everything . I think it took us about 1-2 hours to go in and see everything. Kind of pricey and once you've been no real reason to return in my opinion. I'd say more for kids.

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Thank Steven Q
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed it, thanks for the review. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Must say this place is organized and has a great flow, way better than the other two i have been to! Just feel like its a little small for the price. ($82) for two adults and one child. We looked at the whole thing in one hour. My son loved it but i wasn't impressed.

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Thank Darryl P
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed how everything is set up here, thanks for the review. More 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As a family we have had the chance to visit several aquariums over the USA. I have to say this one is one of the best. The sharks and penguins were our favorite. There are also bundle deals you can buy to go in some of the other ripely's attractions.

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Thank MR0senberg
Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

The sharks and penguins are always a hit, glad you enjoyed them! More 

Ellsinore, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice touch with slow escalator to get through underwater portion. Chattanooga's is better. Beware 29.99 for an adult plus taxes( 4 adults came to $135)

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Dan C, Marketing Assistant at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the shark encounter, come back soon. More 

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