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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Great aquarium

This aquarium was great. It was absolutely beautiful in about half way through the aquarium there... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Christin G
via mobile
The best Aquarium Experience I have had!

This aquarium is great and I have been to a few. The penguins, sharks, rays and sawfish are all... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Donald K
Helena, Arkansas, United States
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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%
Travellers talk about
“shark tank” (593 reviews)
“penguin exhibit” (495 reviews)
“sea life” (354 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This aquarium was great. It was absolutely beautiful in about half way through the aquarium there was a kids play area. Where the parents could sit down and just let the kids be kids. Definitely worth the money.

Thank Christin G
Reviewed yesterday

This aquarium is great and I have been to a few. The penguins, sharks, rays and sawfish are all absolutely wonderful to see in person. Definitely put this on your Gatlinburg todo list.

Thank Donald K
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We really enjoyed the aquarium but it is overpriced for what it is. I’d put it at around the 20 mark rather than the 33 that it is. The exhibits are neat and it is educational but some of the areas are pretty dirty.

Thank ben m
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Brought all ages of kids here over the years and we enjoy it just as much as they do! So much to look at and explore! A must do if you are in this area!

Thank Angie H
Reviewed 2 days ago

This aquarium was awesome! Whole family loved it. The shark tunnel is the coolest thing we have seen in any aquarium anywhere!

Thank janejones200
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you're looking for sharks, this is definitely the place to go. Oh wow, this was absolutely fantastic. There were so many exhibits, but the big shark tank with the tunnels was worth every penny plus more. I would pay double to do it all...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Ripley’s Aquarium is cool! My husband and I really enjoyed it. It is worth the money. There is plenty to do and see! I definitely recommend it.

Thank Stormzzz
Reviewed 4 days ago

After visiting the Chattanooga Aquarium my wife and I were curious about the Gatlinburg facility. Learning of the terrific military discount was a pleasant surprise. We found the place very clean with helpful staff scattered through the exhibits. The three large tanks and many smaller...More

1  Thank TomGallatin_TN
Reviewed 6 days ago

This place is great to see, wish it was not so expensive tho, makes it difficult for a family! But it is great for children to see. If you do get to go, be sure to allow time to see everything and take extra time!

Thank Ireena K
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great experience for all ages! We will definitely be back! Loved the sharks, crabs and the penguins!

Thank Avila7705
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Cheryl D
19 October 2017|
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Response from Greg J | Reviewed this property |
$30 for adults, not sure of the price for children. Military receives a 50 percent discount and there are coupons available all over town for reduced admission.
9 October 2017|
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Response from Leezah62 | Reviewed this property |
There is a glass bottom boat and it does cost extra $9.95 for 20 minutes max gliding along the top of the shark tank. Not worth it. You can see the same thing walking around the tank.
5 October 2017|
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Response from makeupmafiafx | Reviewed this property |
Thursday for sure