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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.


Rachel Lemons

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Great! Really enjoyed this with my friend and her 4 year old son. The shark tank was amazing. So glad they had the moving walkway to keep the crowd moving and also helped us be able to enjoy looking at the sharks and fish without worrying about tripping. I suggest buying tickets beforehand so you don’t have to wait in line. But if you forget don’t worry. I bought them with my phone online while standing in the very long line outside to get tickets. They are sent to you in an email. We went in the door for folks who already had tickets. I showed the lady my tickets in my email, she scanned the bar codes and we went right in to see the fish! You’ll need a bank card or credit card to do that, of course. It was a great way to get out of the heat for the day. Highly recommend going.

Kesiah Loiacano

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
We had a really great time! Since my husband is a veteran we were able to take advantage of the Ripley's packaged deal of all 8 sites for $55 per person. The tickets are good for a year! We used some the week we were there and we plan to use some when we go back this summer! It's great. The aquarium is great, our little girl loved it especially the sting Ray's! The last picture of the duck on the nest was right outside on the boardwalk. She was right there on the railing. :) We didn't dare mess with her just took some really good pics with her. Hopefully no one else bothered her either. Good luck mama duck! Hope you and your babies are safe, happy and healthy! How everyone enjoys Ripley's aquarium and all the other Ripley's sites as well.

Tina Olszewski

Sunday, May 6, 2018
It's a little pricey but totally worth the visit. They have an amazing variety of fish and fun activities for the kids. You can even take a boat ride in the middle of the enormous tank. Speaking of the big tank, you walk through tunnels surrounded by water and fish on all sides and are up close to see large sharks.. you can touch fish in designated areas and it was very cool to touch jellyfish. Really great time! They have combo tickets and you can go the the Ripley's museum which we did. We enjoyed it also. It's open late so it's a good evening activity.

Beth L

Saturday, June 16, 2018
This has a ton of great animals to see and exhibits to interact with. There's a shark tank that you can go through by Plexiglas tunnels or a glass bottom boat to look through. There's a McDonald's-type-playplace but more like 3 stories and adults can fit inside. There was an unusual exhibit about Abe Lincoln that my 5 year old really enjoyed. You can touch horseshoe crabs and Jellyfish. My daughter really loved it. If it's a rainy day and you're not sure what to do, this will be a good time for the kids. Why didn't I give it 5 stars? Of all the aquariums we've been to, this by far had the smallest tanks. They were small enough where my daughter asked how come the star fish were so close together. The tank that was about 6 inches tall, 2 feet wide and 3 feet long with 4 starfish in it and nothing else but sand. These exhibits definitely prevented the sea creatures from hiding but it was hard not to wonder how good it was for their lifespan. Outside of that gut feeling, it was a great time for the whole family.

Justin Scheffler

Sunday, May 27, 2018
I proposed to my wife in the under water tunnel in 2007 so Ripley's aquarium will always hold a special place in our hearts. Our 8yr daughter absolutely loves the aquarium. This year they had the new glass bottom boat tour that we added for an extra $1 each since we had the u-pick pack. If you book the glass bottom boat tour make sure to give yourself plenty of time to work your way through the rest of the place. We had to skip everything and go through the gift shop to get to it in time. Then we worked our way through everything else.

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