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Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies

88 River Road Gatlinburg, , Tennessee 37738 | 1-800-987-9852 | View Map  

The Smoky Mountains are going undersea at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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Most guests spend approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours at the museum. Most guests spend approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours at the museum.
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Both Cameras and Video Cameras are Permitted Both Cameras and Video Cameras are Permitted
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  • Ages 12 and Up: $27.93
  • Ages 3-11: $14.52
  • Ages 0-2: $0.00
There are more than 10,000 aquatic animals from around the world that call this aquarium home. You can explore some of the world's finest elements of nature and wildlife, including 350 different species. The various exhibits in the aquarium take you on exciting adventures through the Tropical Rain Forest, the Ocean Realm, the Coral Reef, a Shark Lagoon, a Gallery of the Seas, the Sting Ray Bay and more.

You will have the opportunity to pet a sting ray at the Touch a Ray Bay exhibit, then explore the workings of the aquarium with a visit to the Systems Control. Crawl through the underwater tunnels at the Penguin Playhouse and watch as these energetic black and white creatures swim and twist and dive all around you. At the Gallery of the Seas exhibit, you'll have the opportunity to explore some of the most unique and outstanding species found underwater. Ripley's is known for presenting the world's oddities, and this aquarium is no different. The Gallery of Seas exhibit shows you the strange cuttlefish, a relative to squids and octopuses, the latter of which can also be found in the tank. Sea nettles, or jellyfish, are also on display, with their long, flowing tentacles.

The Feeding Frenzy restaurant is on-site, in case you need to grab a bite to eat while visiting the aquarium. Dine among the graceful, gliding sting rays, then get a souvenir from the Cargo Hold Gift Shop to bring home with you. The Cargo Hold features marine gifts, as well as works from local artisans - including some of the penguins in the aquarium. You'll want to remember your time in the Smokies forever, and a visit to this aquarium gives you the perfect chance to create lasting memories.

Each time we vacation in the smokies we go to the aquarium. It is absolutely wonderful. Our children have loved it no matter how old they get. It is an enjoyment for all ages. Love the tram walk. Its a must see!!!!
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-- Susan - Al
The kids loved the aquariam. Definitely a family attraction that everyone needs to see and can enjoy!
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-- Joe Jayne - Paintsville, Kentucky
Great aquarium--best we have visited. The exhibits were fun, interesting, everything was perfect. We will definitely be going back to visit on our next trip to gatlinburg.
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-- Mary McNairy - Athens, AL
Vacations Made Easy believes that your tour experience should be convenient, therefore we offer hotel pick-up options that pick you up as close to your hotel as possible. Depending on the tour and amount of attendants, you may have to walk a short distance to the pick-up point.
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