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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Kingsport, United States
My sister & I went there on our trip to Gatlinburg recently. No discounts for seniors, It was nice visit. Have seen larger aquarium's.
We did go recently during a busy time which wasn't as fun but still enjoyed it. Very good exhibits! Perfect rainy day thing to do...
What can I say....except WOW!!! From start to finish, Ripley's aquarium was a one stop shop for awesome. I couldn't get enough...and my kids were on cloud nine. My favorite parts were the underwater tunnel and the penguins. Don't get me wrong, it's not every day you can touch a jellyfish without consequence, but that tunnel was so cool!
My son mostly loved it. But a part of the shark tank was kinda dark, 5 sharks went and hid over in that part, so it was a little scary. He loved the pearl harbor where u can turn the handles of the boats and knobs. However they need more types of animals. The great shark take is a great view from up above.
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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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