Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies
88 River Road Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
1-800-987-9852  
Detail Most guests spend approximately 2 - 4 hours at the museum.
Detail Appropriate for All Ages
Detail Handicap Accessible
Detail Both Cameras and Video Cameras are Permitted
Detail Restaurant and Gift Shop On-site
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Have Fun at Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies
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The Smoky Mountains are going undersea at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. 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 on your vacation. For the best experience, pair this with other family-friendly things to do!

Penguin Playhouse


Get up-close and personal with some of the most playful and adorable creatures at the aquarium. This area features a huge indoor and outdoor habitat which houses dazzling penguins. Watch them swim, play, and socialize for a truly inspiring experience that you will not find anywhere else! 

Stingray Bay


This unique exhibit features a variety of unique ray species. Here, guests can learn all about the cownose ray, spotted eagle ray, and southern stingrays. See them up-close in awesome touch tanks and get a truly hands-on experience! Guests can also see bonnethead sharks and leopard sharks in this area. 

Gallery of the Seas


Discover 'Nature's Artwork' at this colorful exhibit. Here, guests can learn all about a wide variety of different creatures. See a stunning octopus, sea stars, corals, jellies, cuttlefish, lionfish, Japanese spider crabs, scorpionfish, and more! This whimsical and educational display will intrigue and spark the imagination. 

Discovery Center


The Discovery Center is the premier place to go for those who want to get a hands-on experience! This fantastic area features touch tanks and tons of information about the creatures housed here. Guests can touch moon jellies and learn about them alongside educators. Touch tanks are also available for horseshoe crabs and puffer fish. Guests can also participate in fun activities, puzzles, and more! 

Shark Lagoon


This area of the aquarium features a huge 340-foot long glidepath which brings guests face-to-face with some of the largest animals at the aquarium. Guests can see everything from sandtiger sharks to tarpons, green mora eels, sea turtles, and giant stingrays. 

Coral Reef


The Coral Reef exhibit is one of the most colorful displays at the aquarium. A few of the species of fish guests will see here include the regal blue tang, clown triggerfish, clownfish, sohl tang, butterfly fish, foxface rabbitfish, and more! There are also free dive shows that go on during the day. 

Ocean Realm


Take a glimpse underwater to see schools of fascinating creatures. The Ocean Realm exhibit is home to weedy scorpionfish, spotted garden eels, flounder, and more. There are tons of fish species in gorgeous schools for an educational experience. 

Tropical Rainforest


The rainforest is just as important as the ocean, and you can experience the marine life held in this jungle area at the Tropical Rainforest Exhibit. This exhibit houses piranhas arapaima, anableps, and colorful poison dart frogs.

Frequently Asked Questions for Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies:
  • What is included in the admission price for Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies?
    Includes all of the exhibits.
  • Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend at Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies?
    Guests spend about 2 - 4 hours here.
  • What amenities are available?
    There is a gift shop and restaurant.
  • Are wheelchairs and strollers available?
    Wheelchairs and strollers are available at Guest Services for a fee.
  • Is Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies handicap accessible?
    Yes.
  • Is photography & video recording allowed?
    Yes.
  • For what ages is Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies appropriate?
    Great for all ages.
  • Is parking available at Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies?
    There is plenty of paid parking available.
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Joe Jayne
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"family attraction that everyone needs to see"
The kids loved the aquariam. Definitely a family attraction that everyone needs to see and can enjoy!
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Mary McNairy
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"best we have visited"
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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Sandra Price
GA
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"We had a great time"
We had a great time and all i did was show the email at the box office an she gave us tickets. Saved us time and money
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OPAL HAVERICH
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"What a great place."
What a great place. I would recommend it to anyone. The staff was great.
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