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RIPLEY'S aquarium of the smokies

This Ripley's Aquarium Tank is Filled With Exotic Fish!Beautiful Aquariums
The Ripley's Aquarium Front Entrance is graced with decorative landscape and interesting facts.
Ripley Aquarium's Children's play area is a favorite for young children!Huge Play Area!
Beautiful Ripley's Aquarium Schooling Fish.Yeee-ikes

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is one of the area's most popular attractions!  It's ranked #1 in the country and brings thousands of visitors each year!  This state-of-the-art facility offers a fun-filled adventure with something for every member of the family.   

Experience a Ripley's Aquarium Shark swimming over your head!Live Sharks!
At Ripley's Aquarium you can touch a live Stingray!Touch A Stingray!
A Ripley's Aquarium Stingray waiting for you to come and play!Make New Friends!

RIPLEY'S aquarium presents "savage seas"

Ripley's Aquarium Salvage Seas is filled with fun and games!You've Got To See This!!!

Here we "grow again!"  Ripley's Aquarium's latest venture is the new "Savage Seas" addition.  This section was designed especially with the kids in mind, however, every age group will enjoy the great stuff that goes on here.  Get "blown away" by the wind tunnel!  Test your "ghost ship" knowledge, dig for treasure, play games, or have your photo taken with a pirate.  The coolest thing in this area is a gigantic mirror!  As you move closer, the mirror turns your image into a fictional character!  You may become a pirate, head-hunter, or the a fish.  It's really wild and something you just have to experience for yourself!

ripley's aquarium is the most  visited aquarium in the united states

You'll have a "Fish-Eye" view from the Ripley's Aquarium glass bottom boat.Glass Bottom Boat Rides!
This Ripley's Aquarium Mermaid is waiting to have her photo taken with you!Meet A Mermaid!

Although it's smaller than other Aquariums, Ripley's is still the best!  It hosts a glass-bottom boat ride for an exciting cruise through a pool filled with huge sharks, giant fish, and more!  Meet a Mermaid and have your photo taken with her!  Enjoy a delicious snack at the "Feeding Frenzy" Food Bar!  Shop for unique gifts inside their gift shop!  Plan a wedding!  Have a birthday party!  It's the perfect place to make beautiful Smoky Mountain Memories!

Ripley's Aquarium Overhead Tank Will Make You Feel As Though Your Swimming With The Fish!Underwater Tunnel

The most famous area inside Ripley's Aquarium is the underwater tunnel.  It's 340 feet long with a moving escalator-type moving floor that allows you to view exotic sea creatures of most every kind!  Watch as live sharks swim above your head!  Enjoy schools of fish, Stingrays, and Sea Turtles as they swim right by you!  Excellent photo opportunities are available throughout the many amazing exhibits you'll see here.  Some of the animals are regular "show offs" while others are ready to "strike a pose!"  

Children love moving through the Ripley's Aquarium crawl space.Crawl Space At Penguin's Playhouse
These Ripley's Aquarium Penguins enjoy seeing visitors on a regular basisPenguins Visit With Guests!
This Ripley's Aquarium Lagoon offers plenty of play space for the PenguinsPenguin's Playhouse

Among those are the African Penguins.  These cute little creatures, who were introduced to Ripley's Aquarium in 2010 live in a $5 million dollar playhouse complete with acrylic tunnels, craw spaces, and pop-up domes!  These make it possible to get up close and personal with the black-footed "cuties" who have quite the knack for entertaining their human friends.  Some enjoy showing off their expert swimming skills inside their 30,000-gallon temperature controlled saltwater pool while others prance along the sides posing for photos.  Penguin:s Playhouse also includes an outdoor habitat and a nursery to care for the newborn and baby Penguins.  

Ripley's Aquarium came to the Great Smoky Mountains area in the year 2000.  It's operation includes over one-million gallons of water and more than 100,000 exotic minions of the sea.  Best times to visit is January - March because it's the "off season" and not nearly as crowded as other times of the year.  The Aquarium sits in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg at Traffic Light #5.  The Gatlinburg Trolley makes regular stops at this attraction.


  • Live Penguin Cam
  • Splash With The Rays
  • Sleep With The Sharks


  • Penguin Painting Classes
  • Tours
  • Weddings & Birthday Parties

For more information about Ripley's Aquarium in the Smokies or their exciting events and activities call 865-430-8808. 

This attraction is handicap accessible.

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