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Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies

Gatlinburg, TN

Zoos & Wildlife
4 (5 reviews)

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Address: 88 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA How do we get there? Number: 865-430-8808
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Explore the magic of the underwater world at Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies!

This popular Tennessee attraction is literally teaming with life. In fact, they are home to over 10,000 exotic sea creatures which represent more than 350 individual species. That's a LOT of sea life all in the one spot!

There are more fish in this aquarium than there are people living in the entire town of Gatlinburg. Fun fact!

Although Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies is hundreds of miles from the ocean, the scenic beauty and the abundance of water all around make the town of Gatlinburg a “natural” location for a world-class aquarium, America’s most fun aquarium.

And now it's YOUR turn to visit!

Kids can come face to face with those beautiful and often misunderstood sharks in the Shark Realm, or they can really embrace why corals are so important to the ecosystem in the Coral Reef exhibit.

Want some hands-on fun? Have you ever wanted to touch a ray? Here kids can reach out and touch rays in a shallow lagoon as they glide by. Feel how smooth their skin is! Don't worry parents, there are educators always on hand to show the children the best place to pat them.

An aquarium wouldn't be an aquarium without some playful penguins either! Kids can crawl through tunnels in the Penguin Playhouse, and see these amazing birds in their huge outdoor and indoor enclosure. It's a front row seat!

The Tropical Rainforest exhibit showcases some pretty amazing species who live in Central and South America, including the extremely poisonous dart frogs. For those weird and wonderful creatures, the Galley of the Seas is your next stop, or you can visit the Discovery Center for some hands-on fun. They even have a new Touch Jellies experience!

With a four storey playground too, it's no wonder the Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies is a popular place for that ocean-tastic family day out!

Let's make that SPLASH, there's an underwater world to explore!

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How much does it cost?






$7.99 (ages 2-5), & $17.99 (Aged 6-11)



Adults save $2 by booking online!


Free Under

2 years


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Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies FAQ’s

The aquarium is stroller friendly, and you can rent them from Guest Services for $3

Have a nibble to eat at the Feeding Frenzy which overlooks the Stingray Bay. Enjoy quick and delicious food for the entire family. The Feeding Frenzy offers a wide range of menu items at affordable prices

As the perfect conclusion to your remarkable adventure, their Cargo Hold™ gift shop has a unique collection of gifts and keepsakes to remind you of your journey through one of the world’s most amazing aquariums.

They offer great field trips with discounted admission, and they take field trips any day of the year! They also offer camps, sleepovers and unique experiences too!

The aquarium is stroller friendly, and you can rent them from Guest Services for $3

The aquarium is wheelchair friendly, and wheelchairs are available at Guest Services

Tickets are valid one year from the date of purchase!

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