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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
Phone Number: +1 888-240-1358
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09:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN, is literally teeming...

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!

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We throughly enjoyed our experience at the aquarium. So much to see. Plan on visiting it again next year and bringing our 9 year old daughter.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We throughly enjoyed our experience at the aquarium. So much to see. Plan on visiting it again next year and bringing our 9 year old daughter.

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Berlin, New Jersey
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

each year we take our daughter to an aquarium in another state - thanks for making her 4th a very nice trip!

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Mackinac Island, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were here two years ago and again recently in November. The aquarium is very big with lots of different displays. There is always something new or different in the aquarium. The food place is decent and the gift shop is always fun to shop in! I would definitely recommend visiting while your in the area!!

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very expensive but well worth it! A wonderful way to spend the day with children or grandchildren. The best part is going under the water and getting to see all of the animals of the ocean. I loved it!

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Central City, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is a favorite to visit each time we go! My 5 year old grandson loves it here. His favorites are the penguins & the Sharks!!

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Thank MOMKNOWSBEST3
Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed this aquarium more than the one in Baltimore. Very well put together. Great for kids! Very happy that the aquarium wasn't affected by the wildfires. I hope they put together a better evacuation plan after the recent events though. It's not uncommon for that area to be affected by wildfires.

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Long Island, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was a rainy day and we had nothing else to do so we figured we'd kill an hour or so at the Aquarium....6 hours later..... this is not to be missed for adults with or without children. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits in a beautiful setting with a lay-out that flows from one exhibit to the next. There's... More 

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Lake Mary, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Every employee there was a delight and the exhibits are beautiful! I am so happy the fire spared this location.

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Muscle Shoals, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The aquarium of the smokies is a great addition to the attractions in Gatlinburg. It can easily be seen in a few hours. It is a bit on the smaller side when compared to Chattanooga or Atlanta but it has some really cool exhibits. They have a huge walk through portion where the fish and sharks swim over and around... More 

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Centreville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is very interesting and great for a family with children to visit. My husband and I would go back again but we did not have the time on this last trip.

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