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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My husband and I took our 2 and 3 year olds here. The kids absolutely loved it. The staff is nice. The price is pretty decent. About $23 for adults and kids prices vary by age. Our 2 year old got in free and our 3 year old was only $5. If you do other shows or attractions then the adults can get discounts. I wouldn't do the bundle thing unless you have kids 12 and up because it's cheaper to do bundles for younger kids. Anyway, the food was pretty good too. My kids actually ate their entire meals, so that's saying something.
We just got back from visiting the Smoky Mountains and this was one of our favorite spots during our stay. The aqaurium is very clean and well maintained. We paid extra for the chance to pet a live penguin and it was really fun. The assortment of fish are great and the new Pearl Harbor exhibit was really cool as well.
We recently spent a couple of hours at the aquarium and enjoyed the visit. Our favorite displays were the Dragon Fish and the Pearl Harbor exhibit. This attraction is good for all ages. The shark tube is excellent.
If you find yourself in Gatlinburg, you have to go to this Aquarium. My expectations were blown away. The amount of marine life was extreme! Take your kids, spouse, parents, bring the whole family
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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.