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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Overview

At Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Marvel at every creature of the ocean without getting wet! From playful penguins to fierce-looking sharks, this amazing aquatic world is educational and fun… the highlight of downtown Gatlinburg.

A full day of fun is just a short walk or trolley ride away. Explore all the areas in the aquarium including Tropical Rainforest, Ocean Realm, Systems Controls, Coral Reef, Shark Lagoon, Discovery Center, the Gallery of the Seas, Stingray Bay, Touch a Ray Bay and our Penguin Playhouse.

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Featured Blogs

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Upcoming Events

Sensory-Friendly Nights At The Aquarium

Aug 26, Sep 30

Join us for a quieter experience at Ripley's Aquarium! Several nights a year at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, they turn down the extra music and lighting to create a quieter exper...

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Location

88 River Rd Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 430-8808