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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Features Animals
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Good to See!

This place is great to see, wish it was not so expensive tho, makes it difficult for a family! But... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ireena K
Indiana, United States
Love the Shark Tunnel!

Great experience for all ages! We will definitely be back! Loved the sharks, crabs and the penguins!

Reviewed yesterday
Johnson City, Tennessee
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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!
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“shark tank” (591 reviews)
“penguin exhibit” (493 reviews)
“sea life” (358 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3261
+1 888-240-1358
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Reviewed yesterday

This place is great to see, wish it was not so expensive tho, makes it difficult for a family! But it is great for children to see. If you do get to go, be sure to allow time to see everything and take extra time!

Thank Ireena K
Reviewed yesterday

Great experience for all ages! We will definitely be back! Loved the sharks, crabs and the penguins!

Thank Avila7705
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was an great aquarium. It was raining the day we decided to do this and I thought it wasn't going to be a full fledged aquarium, I was wrong. This is a great time and worth it rain or shine.

Thank Chefbigdaddy
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice set up with plenty of information about everything you can see, if you are a vet, make sure you get the discount, it is half price!

Thank Doug N
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderful as always, it was a great place to visit with the snowy weather this past weekend. Warm, indoors, hours of entertainment. The only drawback was the price, it was just a little much. We'll be back, that is for certain, but if your party...More

Thank psykikbluchicknz
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a blast. Whole family had fun! Pretty affordable too. Easily accessible, all day parking has a max rate of 6 dollars per day, close to lots of other things to do. Once inside they offer discou ts to the other Ripleys abstractions as...More

Thank Theresa W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a real good time at the aquarium. It is worth the price and great for kids. Even as a couple we had fun. We went when it was snowing and there wasn't many people so it was a smooth relaxing visit. We also...More

Thank AmberStuart23
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is among the most highly rated of aquariums in the United States and it is well worth the visit. However, parts of the exhibit are cold so you want to take a sweater. Also Gatlinburg has parking issues. There is a parking garage behind...More

Thank Mark R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very clean and enjoyed our visit. Got to interact with the fish. A very nice tour for us. Can't wait to see it next year

Thank Christa L
Mark I, Manager at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Christa L, Thank you for sharing your review with us! We certainly appreciate it! We can't wait to have you back!

Reviewed 6 days ago

Neat experiences and things to look at but only takes a couple hours, was hoping we could spend half a day here or so. I'm sure you could but you would be bored by that time.

Thank Cortney J
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Cheryl D
19 October 2017|
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Response from Greg J | Reviewed this property |
$30 for adults, not sure of the price for children. Military receives a 50 percent discount and there are coupons available all over town for reduced admission.
9 October 2017|
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Response from Leezah62 | Reviewed this property |
There is a glass bottom boat and it does cost extra $9.95 for 20 minutes max gliding along the top of the shark tank. Not worth it. You can see the same thing walking around the tank.
5 October 2017|
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Response from makeupmafiafx | Reviewed this property |
Thursday for sure