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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN

88 River RoadGatlinburg, TN 37738  
Explore the Amazing Aquatic World Up-Close at America's #1 Aquarium and Top Destination to See Penguins! Experience Splashing With the Stingrays, Penguin Encounter and Penguin Painting programs!

Marvel at 12-foot sharks, a giant sea turtle, thousands of exotic sea creatures and playful penguins swimming as you enjoy the Most Spectacular, State-of-the-Art Underwater Tunnels throughout! Family Fun, Interactive, Dive/Feeding Shows & Much More!

Swarms deploy ingenious strategies to survive and thrive in dangerous, fast changing world. No one is in charge. By distributing decision-making, swarms respond quickly and efficiently to change complexity, and risk. The swarms' genius emerges as countless individuals follow deceptively simple rules.

SWARM Exhibit Includes:
  • 20 Interactives

  • 12 Exhibits

  • Over 1000 Animals

  • Over 200 Creatures

  • Hundreds of New Bugs

  • Free Fish Manicure

  • Species include: Alewives, Flashlight Fish, American Eel, Mice, Halloween Crabs, Locusts & Live Crickets, Herding Cats (Catfish), Blue Blubber Jellyfish, Clusterwink Snail, Brine Shrimp, Doctor Fish (Garra Rufa), and Leafcutter Ants – not in at the moment due to permits and approvals.

    Open 365 days a year. Located in downtown Gatlinburg at traffic light #5.

    Exhibits at Ripley's Aquarium Include:
    • Tropical RainForest

    • Ocean Realm

    • Systems Control

    • Coral Reef

    • Shark Lagoon

    • Discovery Center

    • Gallery of the Seas

    • Stingray Bay

    • Touch a Ray Bay

    • Penguin Playhouse

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