Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies

88 River Road Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
Detail Most guests spend approximately 90 minutes to 2 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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Hours of Operation:
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies, penguin
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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.

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Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies
Available Now until 12/31/2017 View Detailed Schedule
Pass is good for admission to Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies.
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies + 2 out of 7 Attractions
Available Now until 12/31/2016 View Detailed Schedule
Pass is good for Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies and 2 of the following 7 attractions of your choice: Ripleys Haunted Adventure, Guinness World Records Museum, Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini-Golf, Ripley's Moving Theatre, Ripley's Old MacDonald Mini Golf, Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum Gatlinburg Tn, or Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze.

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
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