We are pleased to announce Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has earned certification as a Certified Autism Center. This designation given by IBCCES (International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards) is awarded to organizations who have completed a training and review process to better serve individuals with sensory needs. Additionally, we host several sensory-friendly events and nights throughout the year which offer lowered lighting and music throughout the facility. We also offer quiet spaces for those that may need a break during their visit. We work with Autism Site Knoxville and Advocates for Autism to provide a safe and fun environment for all of our guests. Please be sure to check out our Sensory friendly events.
On Sensory Friendly Event, families receive $3.00 off admission – just mention “Sensory Nights” at our admission windows to receive discount.
The best times to visit are either from 9:00am to 10:30am or after 5:00pm.
It depends on the species. If you want more information on this please contact one of our amazing staff at (865) 430-8808 and they will be happy to assist you.
There are various parking areas nearby in Gatlinburg. There is a City owned parking garage directly behind the Aquarium. The City charges a maximum of $10 per day.
Wheelchairs are available free of charge at our Guest Services counter on a first come first serve basis. Valid ID required. Aquarium will hold ID until wheelchair is returned.
Noise cancelling headphones and sensory bags are available free of charge at our Guest Services counter on a first come first serve basis. Valid ID required. Aquarium will hold an ID until headphones are returned.