Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

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

Attractions, Indoor Attractions, Museums

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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Aug 25, 2022

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Upcoming Events

Penguin Pajama Party

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Bring your penguin pajamas and find out what these birds do at night when you spend the night at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Penguin Playhouse. After a fun-filled night includ...

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Breakfast With A Mermaid

Select dates from Apr 4 - Aug 3, 2024 8:00 am

Have you ever wanted to meet a mermaid? Now is your chance! Join us for Breakfast with a Mermaid at Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, bacon, bi...

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Sensory-Friendly Nights At The Aquarium

Select dates from Jan 31 - Nov 27, 2024

Join us for a quieter experience at Ripley's Aquarium! Several nights throughout the year, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg hosts sensory-friendly events which off...

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Pints & Penguins

Select dates from Jan 26 - Dec 13, 2024

Pints & Penguins is an adult-only sleepover event full of animal experiences, delicious bites, a full bar, and more! Start your night off with appetizers and drinks, followed by...

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Sleep With The Sharks at Ripley’s Aquarium

Select dates from Mar 23 - Dec 28, 2024

Do sharks sleep? Find out for yourself when you spend the night at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. After a fun-filled night including a late night snack, scavenger hunt, and la...

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Awards

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2023 logo

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Best Indoor Attraction

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2023 logo

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Best Animal Encounter

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2022 logo

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Best Indoor Attraction

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2021 logo

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Best Museum

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2021 logo

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Best Indoor Attraction

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2020 logo

Winner

Best Museum

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2020 logo

Winner

Best Indoor Attraction

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2019 logo

Winner

Best Museum

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2019 logo

2nd Place

Best Indoor Attraction

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2019 logo

2nd Place

Best Overall Attraction

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2018 logo

Winner

Best Museum

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2018 logo

Winner

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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