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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

Supporting The Smokies: 9 Ways You Can Still Experience Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg

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Year In Review: Top New Attractions In Pigeon Forge For 2019

2019 was a big year for Pigeon Forge. Lots of great new attractions and renovations popped up throughout the area throughout the year. Several theaters, restaurants, sweet shops, museums an…

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16 Most Instagrammable Places In The Smokies

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Pigeon Forge Attractions Where Kids Get In Free

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Top Things To Do On The Pigeon Forge Parkway

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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11 Pigeon Forge Indoor Activities To Beat The Cold

The winter season in the Smoky Mountains can be a bummer for many outdoor enthusiasts or just plain cold-natured people who prefer warm, wide open spaces. Not that the Smokies aren’t …

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25 Kid Friendly Activities In Pigeon Forge

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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

6th Annual Autism Family Day

May 16

Advocates for Autism (AFA) and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies present their 6th Annual Autism Family Day. Ripley's Aquarium is opening extra early for families with autism from 7:30-10:00am. You mus...

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Mermaids At Ripley’s Aquarium

May 25 - September 7

See the mermaids Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend! Live Shows, Meet & Greet, and Photos are available! Swimming June and July daily beginning Memorial Day. Call for dates and times in Au...

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Breakfast With A Mermaid

Jun 11, Jun 18, Jun 20, Jun 25, Jul 2, Jul 9, Jul 11, Jul 16, Jul 23, Jul 30, Aug 6

Have you ever wanted to hang out with a Mermaid? Now is your chance! Enjoy breakfast with our Ripley’s Mermaids, and get a free special photo with a Mermaid! Enjoy your breakfast in the morning a...

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Location

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