Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies
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.
Brand New ShipWrecks Exhibit
New for 2018, the ShipWrecks Exhibit provides tons of fun and informative views into marine life. This exhibit features a unique look at the shipwreck phenomenon. Guests can learn about shipwrecks that have occurred as early as the BC era, see wreck reenactments, see a Chuuk Lagoon replica, learn about the Queen Anne's Revenge, the Edmund Fitzgerald, CSS Alabama, and other famous ships!
- What is included in the admission price for Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies?
Includes all of the exhibits.
- What are the hours of operation?
Hours vary throughout the year.
- Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend at Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies?
Guests spend about 2 hours here.
- What amenities (such as ATM, gift shop, etc) are available?
There is a gift shop and restaurant.
- Are wheelchairs and strollers available? Is there a rental fee?
Wheelchairs are available at Guest Services. The Aquarium is stroller friendly. Strollers may be rented at Guest Services for $3.
- Is Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies handicap accessible?
- Is photography & video recording allowed?
- For what ages is Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies appropriate?
Great for all ages.
- Is parking available at Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies? Is it free?
There are various parking areas nearby in Gatlinburg. There is a City owned parking garage directly behind the Aquarium. The City charges a maximum of $6 per day.