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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Enjoyed the aquarium...not as large as would have though but still enjoyable. Walking through the middle of the aquarium was pretty neat to watch sharks swim above ypu
I visited Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in May with my husband and son. To visit the attraction cost us, a family of 3, a little over $100 with our AAA discount. I think the aquarium is awesome, especially if you've never been to an aquarium of this scale before, but personally I didn't find it to be a good value for our vacation budget. For an entry fee of more than $30 per person we saw a lot of fish, there was a fairly interesting, but not incredibly large or informative, Pearl Harbor exhibit - the main reason we went to the aquarium, any other added entertainment features were geared toward smaller children (3-8 I would estimate) - my son is 12. The tunnel where you can see very large fish and sharks is pretty incredible. However, we probably won't go again when we return to Gatlinburg.
This is a nice aquarium. I thought it was a little expensive so my entire family didn't go, just me and my daughter because she was most interested in it. The penguins are adorable and that was my daughter's favorite part. I enjoyed the sharks and the glass top where we could walk under the water and see the fish and sharks close up. All in all it was a nice aquarium but I still think it is a little expensive. I found some coupons online that saved a couple bucks.
My kids loved their time at the aquarium! We've been to many and this was different because of the close ups with the sharks and jellyfish. They loved touching the jellyfish! Would definitely recommend!
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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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