Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Explore the Wonders of the Deep!

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is a captivating underwater world right in the heart of Gatlinburg, TN. This top-rated attraction offers an immersive experience like no other, and it's the perfect activity for any age. It's also a great thing to do when then the weather isn't cooperating outside. Step into a realm teeming with marine life from around the globe. Marvel at vibrant coral reefs, graceful sea turtles, playful penguins, and mesmerizing jellyfish as you journey through a series of interactive exhibits.

Hands-On Exploration

Get up close and personal with the inhabitants of the aquarium through interactive touch tanks and feeding opportunities. Stroke a stingray, hold a horseshoe crab, or feed colorful fish as you learn about their fascinating behaviors and habitats. Gain a deeper understanding of the ocean and its inhabitants through informative presentations, live animal encounters, and educational programs led by knowledgeable staff members. Discover the importance of marine conservation and learn how you can help protect our oceans for future generations.

Unforgettable Memories

Capture unforgettable moments as you snap photos with sharks, walk through an underwater tunnel surrounded by sharks and exotic fish, or witness the magic of bioluminescent creatures in the aptly named "Glow Room." It's truly a remarkable sight to see!

Plan Your Visit

  • Centrally Located: Located conveniently in downtown Gatlinburg, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is easily accessible from our cabin rentals. With ample parking and flexible hours of operation, it's the perfect destination for a day of family fun or a romantic evening adventure.
  • Tickets and Admission: Purchase tickets online in advance to skip the line and ensure entry, especially during peak times. Consider purchasing combo tickets for additional attractions like Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium for extra savings.
  • Parking: Parking is available nearby, but it can fill up quickly, especially during weekends and holidays. Arrive early or consider using alternative transportation options like the Gatlinburg Trolley.
  • Timing: Plan to visit early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid crowds. Weekdays generally have fewer visitors compared to weekends.
  • Accessibility: The aquarium is wheelchair accessible, with elevators available for easy navigation between levels. Strollers are permitted but may be challenging to maneuver during peak times.
  • Food & Drink: Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the aquarium, but there are dining options nearby in downtown Gatlinburg. Save time for a meal or snack before or after your visit.
  • Gift Shop: Explore the gift shop for souvenirs, toys, and unique marine-themed gifts. Consider purchasing a plush toy or educational book to commemorate your visit.

Whether you're a marine enthusiast or simply seeking a fun activity during your stay in the Smoky Mountains, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies promises an unforgettable experience filled with wonder, excitement, and awe-inspiring marine life.