Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Getting out of town and enjoying time away in scenic Gatlinburg, Tennessee is always a treat for travelers. Whether visitors are looking to hike their way through a stay, enjoy amazing dining, or spend time exploring in-town entertainment, they’ll find it all and more waiting for them here. Of course, if Gatlinburg guests are looking for an adventure under the waves, that’s accessible as well with a visit to the one and only Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Here, marine ecosystems come to life before your eyes, and opportunities to encounter incredible creatures is always a part of the experience too.

An Aquarium Adventure That’s One-of-a-Kind

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is conveniently found at 88 River Road in Gatlinburg no more than a 3-minute walk away from Anakeesta. The aquarium is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm with extended weekend hours until 10:00 pm. This impressive state-of-the-art facility is home to over 10,000 sea creatures housed across 10 themed galleries for guests to explore during their visit. The Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is a wonderful addition to a Gatlinburg itinerary where guests are in town with the little ones in tow, or simply passionate about marine conservation and wildlife and can’t wait to learn more.

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What to See While You’re Here

Spending time at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg is a hands-on experience for guests that goes beyond the many exciting exhibits and displays available to browse. Each level of the aquarium hosts intriguing places to explore with the upper level hosting an ocean realm, the shark lagoon, and a touch-a-ray tank alongside a tropical rainforest. The lower level of the aquarium hosts the coral reef display, a full discovery center, the gallery of the seas, as well as stingray bay. The aquarium’s penguin playhouse is also found on the lower level which is where guests can additionally enjoy the facility’s many live shows. Virtual tours of the aquarium are available online for those looking to plan their visit in advance. Once you arrive, don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a glass bottom boat tour, and see the massive pools from a new perspective.

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