Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – Gatlinburg, Tennessee


Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Paint with penguins; sleep beneath 12-foot sharks and much more at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Voted Best Aquarium in North America by USA Today and one of the top five aquariums in America and the world by TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice, Ripley’s Aquarium will astound groups with interactive aquatic fun. 

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies provides groups with the ultimate underwater experience without the sopping clothes. State-of-the-art clear underwater tunnels throughout the aquarium provide rarely seen angles of beloved sea life while truly immersing visitors. Explore the amazing aquatic world up-close, and marvel at the 12-foot sharks and giant sea turtle. More than 8,500 exotic sea creatures (representing 75 species) reside in Shark Lagoon alone. Feel like a biologist while traversing through the lush, unique and beautiful exhibits such as the Tropical Rainforest, Ocean Realm, Coral Reef and Gallery of the Seas. Enjoy the hourly dive and feeding shows and much more.

For the young at heart, Ripley’s Aquarium has a Discovery Center where visitors can witness puffer fish change their shape, pet living fossils — horseshoe crabs or touch luminous moon jellies. A three-storey Discovery Treehouse and Play Center provides endless enjoyment and tactile education for all ages.

Creativity and imagination are around every corner at Ripley’s Aquarium. Every June and July, mermaids swim and provide a meet-and-greet with photo opportunities for guests. For an additional fee, guests can help African penguins create one-of-a-kind artwork at Penguin Painting Experience. Guests can even take the art home with them. Visitors who do not partake in the Penguin Painting Experience may purchase penguin art from the gift shop.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies provides a special group rate with advance reservation. One free ticket is included with 20 paid tickets. Food vouchers for the on-site Feeding Frenzy Eatery are available for group members. All group sales must be made through the Group Sales Office during regular business hours. For tickets, phone (888) 240-1358, ext. 2156 or e-mail Visit for more information.

Add more spectacular Ripley’s fun to a Gatlinburg itinerary with these additional attractions.

Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium to come in touch with some truly unusual exhibits. Enter the Rainbow Shadows or Optical Illusion rooms. See shrunken heads, an Egyptian mummy and rare preserved animals such as the African elephant with two trunks and an albino giraffe.

For a spooky group experience, head to Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. Enjoy this multi-million, state-of-the-art, world-class haunted attraction. Gatlinburg’s number one haunted house has new hauntings, special effects and live actors. Experience the all-new LaserStrike during the day for an unforgettable laser gun game.

At Ripley’s Moving Theater, experience 5D done right. Feel every bump, dip, and turn, rush of wind and full weather effects to feel present in the movie. Ride the movie; feel the rush. Powered by Hollywood favorite, Real D 3D, this state-of-the-art motion simulator is a trip into the movies.

Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze & Ripley’s Candy Factory are crowd pleasers. Being lost has never been so fun. Visitors find their way through surprising corners, dead ends, continuous circles and rotating mirrors. Strike a pose, and see infinite reflections of oneself in every direction in the Infinity Room. It is never the same experience twice.

At Guinness World Records Adventure, guests do not just learn about Guinness World Records; they try them out. Become a Guinness World Records titleholder right in Gatlinburg. It has already happened more than 20 times. This unique collection of artifacts, amazing facts, awesome videos and more than 50 interactives – including 10 official Guinness World Record Attempts, will leave groups breathless. Be amazed; be amazing.

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