Ripley's Aquarium Shark Lagoon
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Ripley’s Aquarium Shark Lagoon a Must-See

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is literally teeming with life.  10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species and create 10 intriguing exhibits to explore. There’s a lot to see and do at this Gatlinburg attraction. However, one of the highlights is most definitely the Ripley’s Aquarium Shark Lagoon.

Why is the Ripley’s Aquarium Shark Lagoon So Popular?

As you leisurely travel on a moving 340-foot long glidepath, you wind your way through an underwater tunnel and come face-to-face with snappers, tarpons, grunts, squirrelfish, a green sea turtle, giant stingrays, sawfish and large sharks. You have to stop and stare as sharks swim over your head and all around you. It’s an awesome sight and one that’s worth seeing again and again.

The Ripley’s Aquarium Shark Lagoon is so impressive, I recommend going through the tunnel several times to fully experience the immersive environment.

Want to Explore Even More?

Voted one of the top five aquariums in the USA & the World by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice, the Ripley’s Aquarium is a must-visit for any family vacationing in Gatlinburg. At this amazing aquarium, not only can you marvel at 12-foot sharks, giant sea turtles, and thousands of exotic sea creatures, you can also view playful penguins swimming in the Penguin Playhouse exhibit. In addition, there are interactive activities you can add to your day that make the trip to the aquarium that much more engaging.

Purchase discount Ripley’s Aquarium tickets today to experience the Shark Lagoon, and many more exhibits, in Gatlinburg Tennessee.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Gatlinburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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