Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Explore the Amazing Aquatic World Up-Close! Marvel at 12-foot sharks, giant sea turtle, thousands of exotic sea creatures & playful penguins swimming.
This place! If you come to tr he Smokies on vacation there are 2 tourist attractions you MUST visit while you're here. Go to Ripley's Aquarium and Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede. Lucky for you, they offer package deals for tickets to both. Plan to spend several hours at this attraction. Plenty to do for the young and old. Huge play area, sharks, iguanas, sting rays, penguins and you'll get to see Sandy the sea turtle if you're lucky! Awesome place. I've been there several times!
It was huge with diverse marine wildlife on display in informative and fun habitats. There are shows such a the mermaid dive and interactive displays such as the Ray Bay. There is an additional interactive penguin experience available for a fee. I had a blast! On my way out the largest manta ray splashed the hell out of me for taking too long to pet it after I fed it. Cool experience!
This exhibit is wonderful for the kids , no matter the age group they will all have fun. From the beginning to the end , there are tons of options to look and feel your way through the self guided tour. The underwater tunnel always amazes everyone and is a modern marvel. New additions such as a 3 story play area for kids and the pearl harbor side museum and a nice touch as well. Overall a great experience.
This place was awesome! They have lots of children's play areas. They have many different species of fish. I loved being able to pet a jellyfish. I'd highly recommend coming here if you are in the area. Excellent place for children too.
They had a covered area for the public to wait under while waiting to but tickets and 3-4 fans set up which was nice. They made sure the offer the package deals in case you go do other Ripleys attractions. The aquarium is okay. Nothing special and not particularly large. They did offer to pet jellyfish which was cool. And the kids area looked nice. In order to exit the aquarium you have to walk the whole way through.