Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Aquarium, Zoo, and Museum
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    Aldo M.
    "The Penguins were so awesome and the shark tunnel was off the chain!"(16 Tips)
    Gabrielle M.
    "Loved the mermaid show and shark tunnel!"(7 Tips)
    "Check out the Shark lagoon where sharks swim right over your head!"(5 Tips)
    Kathy F.
    "Great Aquarium Best one Yet...."(5 Tips)
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  • Mikeheart icon on user image
    MikeApril 12, 2017
    Great place for a family trip. It's a must do while you're in the Smokey Mountains. The exhibits are awesome! Just don't waste your money on the food and I'd skip the bottomless boat ride ride.
  • Kelly J.
    Kelly JerniganOctober 21, 2013
    Open in the evenings too! Not as crowded at night.There is a moving floor a flat escalator. It keeps the crowds moving. Nice gift shop. This is a must do, especially if you have kids (of any age)
  • Tressie H.
    Tressie HayesApril 23, 2014
    We really enjoyed all that it has to offer from the Shark Lagoon to the touching the sting rays and watching the penguins and the sting-rays being feed.
  • David R.heart icon on user image
    David RawlinsJanuary 15, 2015
    , it was a great visit my son and I ex-military had a great time there. Took a lot of pictures of so many different types of sea lionslife , plus the demonstrations that they had a fantastic.
  • Nick S.heart icon on user image
    Nick SweetmanAugust 18, 2016
    Underwater moving pathway was the best part of the experience. However, touching jellyfish, horseshoe crabs, and sting rays was beyond amazing!
  • Sam M.heart icon on user image
    Sam M.September 8, 2018
    Great aquarium for families! Somewhat pricey, but check around - there are usually offers to combine other Ripley’s attractions for a lower rate. Took us a little over an hour from start to finish.
  • Daniel W.heart icon on user image
    Daniel WoodcockJuly 7, 2015
    Always love Ripley's Aquarium! Great exhibits and the new Swarm exhibit was awesome. To me the shark tunnel is the best part of the aquarium. The penguins are up there too.
  • Erinhheart icon on user image
    ErinhMay 20, 2015
    Best aquarium I've ever been to. Most expensive too of course. If you are into other Ripley attractions then you can save a little by bundling tickets.
  • Stacy C.heart icon on user image
    Stacy CraftAugust 14, 2016
    The shark tunnel was really expansive and has a slow moving walkway that prevents crowds from building.
  • Joe L.
    Joe LeigebSeptember 22, 2017
    It's a hundred dollars for 3 adults, but they do offer a 50 percent military discount. The aquarium itself is absolutely off the chain. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
  • Colin L.heart icon on user image
    Colin LordMarch 4, 2017
    Tickets are almost always cheaper when you buy online or if you bundle it with another ticket. Plan your trip ahead and you can save some money.
  • Martin
    MartinJuly 16, 2012
    Great underwater tunnel, plenty of big sharks and Sawfish. Good afternoons viewing, $25+tax for adults. Plenty of coupons available if you get them ahead of time.
  • Mike M.heart icon on user image
    Mike MooreJuly 23, 2013
    If you have time go to the Coral Reef Dive. They have mermaids swim with the fish. My daughter LOVED it!
  • Kory W.
    Kory WilcoxAugust 9, 2014
    Great variety, but very pricey. Penguins was the favorite among the group and the kids, especially!
  • James C.heart icon on user image
    James CenterJune 28, 2013
    It's less crowded during the off season and you can get a more personal experience. Still, this is a must see for the area!
  • Monique S.
    Monique SmithJune 21, 2013
    They have some cool stuff here. The spider crabs are huge and the shark tank is cool. Don't forget to check out the penguins, you can crawl in between the tank.
  • Sue B.
    Sue BeethamOctober 21, 2013
    Really great! Don't skip it! I do wish we had done one of the packages for multiple Ripley's attractions. We didn't and it was a mistake.
  • Gabrielle M.
    Gabrielle MeltonAugust 12, 2014
    Loved the mermaid show and shark tunnel! Amazing experience and worth the money!
  • Aldo M.heart icon on user image
    Aldo MartinezFebruary 23, 2015
    The Penguins were so awesome and the shark tunnel was off the chain! I recommend for family fun :)
  • Shayna L.heart icon on user image
    Shayna LunaApril 14, 2015
    For some reason, I didn't expect to like the small restaurant they had, but I quite enjoyed the food. They have a good variety of sea life, but I was rather disappointed they had only one sea turtle.
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    ErinhMay 20, 2015
    The parking garage behind Ripleys requires cash but they won't give you any in the aquarium. The girl told me "I usually get my cash at Walmart but that's a long ways from here." lol
  • Connie S.
    Connie SzczesnyAugust 29, 2012
    Most certainly NOT the best in the US. Shedd Aquarium is better by far! The only newest feature is the Pengiun exhibit over the 11+yrs I've been coming here.
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SmithNovember 6, 2012
    Great way to spend an afternoon, check in on Yelp too and you get a free shark tooth necklace from the gift shop.
  • Jennifer G.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer GoldfarbDecember 29, 2016
    The shark tank is pretty neat and everyone loves penguins. Not a very large place, but worth a stop.
  • Jani H.heart icon on user image
    Jani HostetterAugust 13, 2014
    It was amazing! I love aquariums & this was by far the best!
  • LaTresa H.heart icon on user image
    LaTresa HowmayihelpuFebruary 22, 2014
    The moving sidewalk that takes you through Sharks Lagoon is AMAZING!!
  • Steve F.
    Steve FinchOctober 21, 2013
    If you are here around lunchtime, the Feeding Frenzy cafeteria serves pretty good food (nothing special). Adult combos are about $10 after tax, kids meals are about $6.75.
  • Jan F.heart icon on user image
    Jan FreemanJuly 29, 2015
    The shark exhibit is the absolute best thing here. Hop on the conveyer belt and enjoy these majestic creatures swimming right over your head
  • brenna d.heart icon on user image
    brenna dixonAugust 5, 2015
    Beautiful aquarium! The only con is the parents that can't control their kids.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanMarch 18, 2013
    Expensive, but it is a great aquarium. It has the best shark exhibit I have ever seen!
  • Dennis H.
    Dennis HaddixJanuary 23, 2014
    Great for family trips and the Aquarium offers a free wheelchair to use for the day - just leave a form of ID. Nice benefit!
  • Jordan S.heart icon on user image
    Jordan SeayFebruary 28, 2015
    My favorite Aquarium. Fun for Children And Adults. It's absolutely beautiful!
  • Travis M.heart icon on user image
    Travis MillerJuly 28, 2015
    Great aquarium! Tons of different exhibits and even a huge shark tank
  • Grayson S.heart icon on user image
    Grayson ShulerNovember 15, 2015
    Huge aquarium. Make sure to visit Swarm exhibit and doctor fish.
  • Bryce G.
    Bryce GastNovember 21, 2012
    Make sure you roll up your sleeves to pet the rays. They're deeper than they look. -An over zealous adult.
  • Travis Williamsheart icon on user image
    Travis WilliamsJune 6, 2014
    This is so fun and I actually loved playing with the HorseShoe Crab. Loved seeing the penguins walk around.
  • Tiffany R.heart icon on user image
    Tiffany ReusserJune 30, 2015
    The swordfish via the tunnel view was so wicked!
  • Aiden K.
    Aiden KirchnerSeptember 12, 2011
    This place is awesome. Check out the escalator that takes you through the tank where the sharks swim above you. Its awesome
  • Kristy S.heart icon on user image
    Kristy SmithApril 7, 2016
    We enjoyed everything there, my favorite was the peguins!!
  • Lana K.
    Lana KatsarosDecember 24, 2013
    Best aquarium we have ever been to! The tunnel is amazing!
  • Mark E.heart icon on user image
    Mark Eselby Sr.August 31, 2012
    Unbelievable thing to see, If you can you must go!!!
  • Jeremy W.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy WilsonDecember 6, 2017
    A great place to go to enjoy the fish and sharks
  • Tamara D.heart icon on user image
    Tamara DMay 22, 2017
    We had a great time here. Fun way to get out of the heat and too much tourist shopping.
  • Stephen K.heart icon on user image
    Stephen KievitApril 3, 2017
    Very good attraction. But to o many people and no parking what so ever.
  • Allen V.heart icon on user image
    Allen VoglianoOctober 12, 2017
    Top rated aquarium in the United States!
  • Whitney C.heart icon on user image
    Whitney CookMarch 2, 2013
    Sleep with the Sharks is a really fun and educational experience. It's just past my bed time...but so fun!
  • Ideen S.
    Ideen SolhtalabOctober 25, 2011
    Enjoy the mesmerizing shark walkway...with the music, sharks, and slow moving walkway, it feels a bit surreal.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DriehorstJuly 30, 2013
    Nice aquarium. Nothing unusual that'd you'd expect from Ripley's. Overall, overpriced not a good value. (Family of 6 with 2 priced as kids, a bit under $160.)
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HawleySeptember 2, 2012
    This place has a larger variety of fish in better displays than SeaWorld! - seriously!
  • Robert R.heart icon on user image
    Robert RobbinsJune 7, 2016
    My kid loved every moment!
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