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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Had a good time with the family , daughter enjoyed the play area the most ,u also get to touch the jelly fish and some other fish they have, the sharks and penguin area were the ones I liked , at the end the gift shop/store is nice.
We visited the aquarium this morning &it was VERY packed, which is expected for a Saturday in the summer. The problem is the aquarium should also know this & have more workers. Buy tickets online so you don't have to wait in the ticket or guest service line - they can even scan your phone. There wasn't anyone available to ask questions and there were a bunch of people that had them while waiting in line. While yet again waiting in line to view our group picture there were only 2 workers at this station so it took over 45 min waiting in line. Another negative is you HAVE to exit going through the gift shop I guess so you'll buy something but it was SO crowded with people,strollers, & little kids running around you couldn't look at anything!!! Not a good business move because we all were so ready to get out of that chaos we didn't even look around when we wanted to. The sea life was amazing to look at!!!
Great place for a family to visit. The only draw back I could say is the lack of direction signs which make it difficult to navigate in some places and also make it easy to miss a few attractions. Another negative is that there are a few bottlenecks that can get annoying if it is very crowded. Otherwise some great exhibits and a great value.
Spring Hill, Tennessee
It was very hot out so we decided to go to the aquarium. The shark tanks are pretty amazing. We also loved the moving floor through the exibit. The mermaid show was unique and great for little kids. The pearl Harbor exhibit was interesting as well. This was a nice aquarium all in all.
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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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