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Fun for all ages

Jun 21, 2012 by Kevin Newby

Our group had four generations ranging from 1 to 72, and everyone enjoyed the aqaurium. This is not the typical “Ripley’s” event. The shark tube was incredible and the trip was quite informative. Don’t be in a hurry if you want to enjoy all of it.

Happy Feet!!

May 04, 2012 by Deena MacLeod

Last month (April) my sister & I visited our parents who recently retired & moved to the Gatlinburg area from FL. We wanted to do something extra special – out of the ordinary -for our Dad’s 70th birthday while we were together. I searched the internet & decided Ripley’s Aquarium would be something that we all would enjoy. Well, that’s to say the least! We all absolutely LOVED it!! Our Mom is a huge fan of “Happy Feet” (movie) & we were doing the “happy feet” dance all day throughout your aquarium! People thought we were a little crazy, but the best part was, they could all relate! One of our family’s favorite theme parks in FL is Sea World & I know it’s not really fair to compare your aquarium to a theme park, but we enjoyed the aquarium just as much as we have enjoyed Sea World for several years. We will definitely be back! Additionally, not only was your staff friendly, but very informative on any questions asked. Your aquarium is not only for the young, but for the young at heart too. It was truly an experience we will treasure for years to come – & it made celebrating our Dad’s 70th all that much more special! You guys rock! I would recommend your aquarium to anyone!!


Mar 26, 2012 by GG

I just love coming to the aquarium. It never gets old in my book. I see something or learn new things every time I come. The food is great and the workers are very friendly and helpful w/ any questions about the aquarium.

Thanks!! GG

Loved It !!!!!

Mar 22, 2012 by Varela’s

My husband and I went to Gatlinburg for our anniversary and were lucky enough to be able to go to the aquarium, We loved it, being able to walk thru a tunnel and sharks are swimming right over you it is awesome. couldn’t see the penguins to good due to the amount of people there but it was still great.

First time was so fun!

Feb 24, 2012 by Chris Weston

This was my first time to a Ripley’s Aquarium and i must say i was impressed. The facility was very clean, everything was so neat and organized. The staff at the aquarium were very knowledgeable about the aquatic animals and very friendly. The aquarium over all is very huge with a massive selection of fish, all of which are taken care of perfect. While we were there, we actually witnessed a seahorse giving birth which was really rare. There were no signs of disease or stress on the fish and the habitats seemed to mimic the wild very well. I am 24 years old and would recommend this to anyone of all ages who would like to relax and view peaceful wildlife. When we finished with the tour a gift shop was available on the way out the door which provided us with something cute and cuddly to bring home to our little ones. Ripley’s of the Smokey Mountains gets a 5 out of 5!

What a great day my sons had…thanks so much

Feb 20, 2012 by Melissa Meadows-Marine Mom

My oldest son had just returned to the states from doing his deployment in Afghanistan with the 3/6 Marines. He returned home to plans of spending the day with each of his brothers doing their favorite thing. He took his 7 year old brother Ross, whom as Autism to the Aquarium for the day. When Haydn arrived he was pleased to see a discount for Military personal and that saved him enough to get Ross a nice keepsake from their trip. Which was a stuff your own Stingray. I wanted to thank your company for offering military discounts to our men and women of the armed forces. This made my 7 year olds day and my Marine happy he was able to do it financially. Thanks so much again! Melissa Lee-Meadows and 5 sons.

Great Family Outing

Feb 05, 2012 by Britney

We had a blast at the aquarium on Saturday. Our son loves to look at fish and I bet we heard the word a million times during the visit. It was a great experience for the whole family.

Amazing Family Experience

Nov 27, 2011 by Otelo

Our family visited the aquarium and we had a totally amazing time! From our teenagers to our toddlers, all of us found things to enjoy and learn about. Our two favorites were the shark tunnel & the penguin experience. Thank you!

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies 865-430-8808 88 River Road Gatlinburg TN, 37738 USA 5.0 5.0 8 8 Our group had four generations ranging from 1 to 72, and everyone enjoyed the aqaurium. This is not the typical “Ripley’s” event. The shark tube was incredible and the trip was qui