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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

88 River Rd

Gatlinburg, TN, 37738


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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is THE most visited attraction in Gatlinburg and one of the THE most visited attractions in Tennessee! Scroll below to learn more about their awesome aquarium and animals!

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Ripley’s Aquarium – Gatlinburg TN

After opening in 2000, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is one of the most popular attractions in Gatlinburg, and with good reason! The friendly staff of the aquarium makes sure to keep you entertained and provide a sense of wonder to everyone who visits. The aquarium offers a variety of exhibits that feature many different facets of aquatic life. Exhibits that showcase some of the smallest to largest types of species you will find in the depths of the world’s oceans.

When you arrive, the first thing you notice is the relaxing yet almost tropical design and decoration. Inside the aquarium, sometimes it’s tough to figure out which exhibit you would like to see first, so be sure to plan the time to see them all! Ripley’s Aquarium is divided into two levels, the “Upper” and “Lower” with much to see in them both. Keep reading for a short description of some of the amazing exhibits you will see in both!

The Upper Level at Ripley’s Aquarium

Ocean Realm:

In the ocean realm, you are immersed in aquariums so large it will blow your mind. You can observe fish school, swim and behave like they would in the great oceans of the world. You may even spot some species you didn’t know existed!

Shark Lagoon:

A visitor favorite, this 340-foot long glide path takes you along the ocean floor in a full panoramic tunnel where you can watch sharks up-close and personal! You will see sharks, tarpons, sawfish and even sea turtles thriving in this absolutely breathtaking exhibit.

Touch A Ray Bay:

A great educational opportunity for a very misunderstood species. As a Ripley’s guest you can reach out and touch Rays as they glide by! You will be able to feel their smooth skin and interact with rays without risk of harm to you or the rays! An exciting opportunity to touch and learn about these amazing animals.

Tropical Rainforest:

This exhibit isn’t quit as interactive as Touch A Ray Bay but it is no less exciting. You will see species from tropical rainforests in this beautiful display of nature! You will see Piranhas, Poison Dart Frogs and other interesting native rainforest species.

The Lower Level at Ripley’s Aquarium

Coral Reef:

An amazing display of vivid colors and exotic fish that you would only see in the ocean! This beautiful and awe-inspiring coral reef exhibit is one of the most colorful adventures you’ll ever go on! You will see beautiful fish like the clown triggerfish, regal blue tang, and Foxface Rabbitfish native to the Indo-Pacific region.

Discovery Center:

Offers an exciting opportunity to interact with some of the most exciting animals in the aquarium. Now featuring Moon Jellies, Horseshoe Crabs and other great species that you can TOUCH! A great chance to play and learn with the help of Ripley’s wonderful educational staff.

Gallery of the Seas:

This exhibit showcases certain species that are so incredible that they are almost too beautiful or strange to believe they are real. Ranging from Octopus, Seastars, Corals, Jellies and other animals with bright colors, odd shapes or fascinating movements. This is a great opportunity to see some of the jewels of the ocean highlighted in a living gallery.

Stingray Bay:

Ripley’s Rays love the spotlight! At Ripley’s Stingray Bay you can watch them as they swim and stop to check you out. You may even get to see them being hand-fed by Ripley’s divers. At the shallow end of the the tank you can even get up close with them!

Penguin Playhouse:

This unique attraction is fun for everyone! Crawl through tunnels and peek thru windows as you watch these awesome penguins swim and splash in their playhouse. Ripley’s cast of penguins offers their own personality, making this an extraordinary spectacle!

The Adventure Continues at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s has undoubtedly became THE must-visit attraction in the Smoky Mountains since it’s opening in 2000. Their knowledgeable and friendly staff, ever-changing exhibits and wholesome experience contributes to their success. Whether you are planning your trip to the Smokies or you are already here, make sure to stop by Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg! Learn more and book here: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies