Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
88 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA
Photo courtesy of Ripley’s Aquarium
Fri - Sun 9am - 10pm
Mon - Thur 9am - 9pm
Ripley’s Aquarium of the SmokiesA jewel in the Ripley’s empire of attractions, the multi-level Aquarium of the Smokies features several enormous tanks filled with more than 350 species of aquatic life. A highlight is the 340-foot-long tunnel through one of the largest tanks, which offers visitors a unique vantage of sharks gliding overhead, sea turtles paddling by, colorful jellyfish hovering in the water, and rays swimming in formation like a squadron of jets. Kids will also love the Penguin Playhouse, where they can crawl through tunnels on the penguins’ private beach to get a closer look, as well as ticketed experiences like glass-bottom boat tours and on-site sleepovers.