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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Overview

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

Top New Attractions In Pigeon Forge For 2019

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Top Things To Do On The Pigeon Forge Parkway 2019

The Pigeon Forge parkway and Gatlinburg parkway are home to some of the top attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains. According to the Best of Pigeon Forge 2018 reader’s poll, below a…

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Ripley’s Glass Bottom Boats Launch Over Shark Lagoon

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in nearby Gatlinburg has opened up another window to a wondrous underwater world with its newest attraction. The Gatlinburg TN aquarium recently launched…

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9 Indoor Activities To Beat The Cold in Pigeon Forge

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25 Kid Friendly Activities In Pigeon Forge

One of the best things about Pigeon Forge is that it’s a destination for fun for all ages, and perfect for kids. When you’re planning a family vacation to the Smokies, you’…

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Rare Species at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Voted the number five best aquarium in the world by TripAdvisor users, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies promises non-stop fun and adventure for the whole family right here in the heart of…

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Upcoming Events

Mermaids At Ripley’s Aquarium

Now through September 2

Ripley’s Mermaids return on May 267! See the mermaids Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend! Live Shows, Meet & Greet, and Photos are available! Swimming June and July daily beginning Memor...

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Ripley’s Expedition Camps

Now through July 10

We invite your little one to go on an exciting half-day adventure with our Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies education staff! In our Expedition camps, campers will be engaged with story time, a scave...

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Kid’s Night Out at Ripley’s

June 23

This program is for kids only! Moms and Dads leave your worries behind and enjoy your own night out because this will be a night your kids will never forget! They will explore Ripley’s Aquarium of t...

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Jr. Aquarist Camp at Ripley’s

July 9

Campers will spend one full day learning what it takes to become a Ripley’s Jr. Aquarist! This camp is designed to inspire and educate kids on marine science and conservation. Activities during this...

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Sensory-Friendly Nights At The Aquarium

August 7

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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Annual Trick or Treat Kickoff Karnival

October 31

A fantastic family Halloween day event from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Fun for visiting guests and local residents – contests, costumed characters, candy and a pumpkin contest plus trick or treat safety from...

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Location

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