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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This aquarium is fun for all ages. The entrance price is perfect for those on a budget. The tunnel under the shark tank is the main attraction and it's beautiful.
Extremely over-priced. We were done in an hour. Huge disappointment! Needs to be expanded badly! I would not recommend this aquarium ever.
Good for ALL ages. When it rains, it is EXTREMELY crowded. Everything there is clean and the everything from the turtle to the penguins are fed/treated like royalty. There are dive schedules available when you come through the doors. Please take in a show and pet a stingray. Awesome experience. Look for deals in the paper on prices to enter.
This was a nice aquarium to visit. The parking garage needs to be better marked, especially if you are coming from behind the main road. This was a nice diversion for a couple of hours. The food available for purchase was a bit sub-par, even for an attraction of this type. The layout is a little confusing, but overall, we had a nice time. If you are staying close enough to walk to here, I'd recommend you do so. Even though we went on a weekday, the car traffic in the area was unreal.
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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.