WE ARE A CERTIFIED AUTISM CENTER!

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.

Aquarium Accessibility Helpful Hints

For any additional questions guest can contact aquariumofthesmokies@ripleys.com and 888-240-1358

Best Time To Visit?

The best times to visit are either from 9:00am to 10:30am or after 5:00pm.

Are Service Animals Permitted?

It depends on the species. If you want more information on this please contact one of our amazing staff at 888-240-1358 and they will be happy to assist you.

Do We Have Parking?

The aquarium does not have any designated parking however the city does own a lot directly behind the aquarium. All city owned lots are pay lots that max out at $6.00/day. Each level on the parking garage does have designated handicap parking available.

Do We Have Wheelchairs?

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.

Do We Have Noise Canceling Headphones?

Noise cancelling headphones 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.

LIST OF SENSORY FRIENDLY EVENTS

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