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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

88 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | (865) 430-8808 | ripleyaquariums.com

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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

Mar 7, 2017

Ripley’s Glass Bottom Boat Launch Over Shark Lagoon

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Aug 3, 2015

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Dec 14, 2019

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Mar 6, 2017

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Jul 24, 2018

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Dec 28, 2020

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Upcoming Events

Annual Trick or Treat Kickoff Karnival

October 31 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

A fantastic family Halloween day event at the aquarium in Gatlinburg. Fun for visiting guests and local residents – contests, costumed characters, candy and a pumpkin contest plu...

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Sensory-Friendly Nights At The Aquarium

Sep 29, Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 29

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 cr...

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Sleep With The Sharks At Ripley’s

Oct 9, Dec 26

Sleep with the sharks at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies- family edition! Spend the evening watching a diving show, participating in a scavenger hunt and late night activity, and ...

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Awards

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2018 logo

Winner

Best Indoor Attraction

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2018 logo

Winner

Best Museum

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2019 logo

Winner

Best Museum

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2020 logo

Winner

Best Indoor Attraction

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2020 logo

Winner

Best Museum

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2021 logo

Winner

Best Indoor Attraction

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2021 logo

Winner

Best Museum

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2019 logo

2nd Place

Best Overall Attraction

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2019 logo

2nd Place

Best Indoor Attraction

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2018 logo

2nd Place

Best Overall Attraction

2020 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice
USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice 2019

Location

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

88 River Rd Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 430-8808

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