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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
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+1 888-240-1358
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09:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 20:00
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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Anniversary weekend

We loved it! Amazing things to view. We wish the staff was a little more involved, they kinda just stood around, didn't approach customers at all. But we will definitely be back... read more

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

We loved it! Amazing things to view. We wish the staff was a little more involved, they kinda just stood around, didn't approach customers at all. But we will definitely be back with our kiddos to see!!

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Michigan City, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had tons of fun. Little packed because if spring break but its a given.pivture package was decently priced. I know tje Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is much more expensive. Loved the tunnel and moving sidewalk. Cool sharks..no dolphins though. Still had a great time!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stairs were being repaired so we had to wait a bit for the elevator. Park on level 2 or one so your car is covered, the top level was full. Wasn't terribly crowded and there were lots of things for the kids to see. 1yr old -7yr old, they all enjoyed themselves. They added an inside play area suspended above... More 

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Was fun for all of us... really cool place. Took about 2 hours and lots to see. Parking was full be prepared to pay for parking.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Well spent time with the family. Enjoyed it as much as the kids did. And it's not too expensive. Like all the attractions here, there is a great discount for military!

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Saint Peters, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A very popular actraction. Save time by purchasing your tickets online. Has a nice escalator to move you through the Shark tank.

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Thank Tripper R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went early to beat the crowd and it was awesome! I love aquariums and thought the price was good. I would definitely come back.

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Thank Rachel W
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We always love going to the aquarium, it's always clean and the staff is friendly. Only downside is at the very beginning it feels like you are forced to take a photo because there is no way you can go around these photographers, same way at the end of the shark tunnel. But overall, nice place.

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Phenix City, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I enjoyed the aquarium very much. The sharks and fish are absolutely beautiful, but the penguins were probably my favorite. It was a cool cloudy day and this provided a nice place indoors to have a really good time. I will say that we did not purchase the glass bottom boat tour that was offered so I can not say... More 

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Michigan
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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 utterly amazing! So breath taking, everything is just stunning. A must see sight, and great prices!

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