An award-winning and top-rated aquarium in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Ripley’s® Aquarium of the Smokies offers a variety of interactive experiences and exhibits that showcase the many thousands of exotic sea creatures that call this venue home. Guests can touch real stingrays, travel along a 340-foot moving glidepath beneath a sea of sharks, paint a piece of artwork with penguins, and much more.
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Fascinating Although crowded everyone moved easily through the exhibits. New area soon to bevreadybfor kids.
We followed the recommendations from others on Tripadvisor and as a couple with no children went on Sunday night at 8:30 knowing they did not close until 11. Is this attraction pricey...YES no more so then other aquariums and I felt is was worth it for the amazing displays and interactions. This was the only place I have been where you get to touch a jelly fish (scary but so cool). We got a lot of great pictures and enjoyed the Pearl Harbor exhibit. It was amazing seeing this attraction with almost no other people and even on a rainy night when you would have thought others would have gone inside. Down side to going at night is that the penguins are sleeping and the exhibit lights are off but we still got to walk through and see them. I can't imagine this attraction packed with kids and families as it would be cramped so for those that can go late and you won't regret it.
We visited here during our honeymoon week in TN. I loved the layout of the place. The whole buikding was nice and cool. Perfect because it was nearly a 100 degrees outside! It was an enjoyable way to beat the heat. The staff was very polite and answered all of our questions. If you have kids or you're a person who loves aquariums, definitely check this place out! Beware, it does get a little crowded at times. This kept our pace slow but not enough to make us regret visiting.
Loved this! My seven and five year old had a blast! Fun and educational! The jellyfish area and shark lagoon were the kid's favorites.
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Can I leave and revisit the same day?
Sorry, the tickets are good for one-time admission to the aquarium.
How long does it take to tour the attraction?
We recommend allowing 2 hours or more to tour the aquarium.
Where can I park?
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.
Do you have stroller rentals? Are strollers allowed?
The aquarium is stroller friendly. Strollers can be rented at guest services for $3.
Do you allow pets?
Only service animals are allowed.
Are cameras allowed?
Yes, you can take pictures and or take video to share with your friends.
Is the aquarium wheelchair accessible?
Yes it is, we also offer wheelchairs available at guest services.
Are any of the Unique Experiences included with the admission ticket?
No, that costs extra. If you are looking to Splash with the Stingrays or participate in the Penguin Encounter or any other special tours, you can call the aquarium directly for an additional fee.
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