Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies | Tennessee Vacation

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Voted “America’s #1 Aquarium” by TripAdvisor and “Top Destination to See Penguins” by USA Today Travel!
88 River Rd., Traffic Light No. 5
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Experience the amazing aquatic world up close at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, TripAdvisor’s #1 Aquarium in America! Marvel at 12-foot sharks, the giant sea turtle, thousands of exotic sea creatures and playful penguins swimming as you enjoy the state-of-the-art clear underwater tunnels throughout! You’ll experience the ultimate underwater adventure without getting wet!

Explore the lush, unique and beautiful worlds of the Tropical Rainforest, Ocean Realm, Coral Reef and Gallery of the Seas, and a shark exhibit in a spectacular underwater tunnel in Shark Lagoon. Enjoy entertaining dive and feeding shows in Coral Reef, Stingray Bay and Penguin Playhouse. Pet horseshoe crabs and stingrays in the Discovery Center and Touch-A-Ray Bay.  Enjoy playful African Black-footed penguins swimming, pop up on the penguins’ private beach and get nose-to-beak in Penguin Playhouse, voted by USA Today Travel 10 Best List as one of the best places to see penguins in the world! 

See the beautiful Ripley’s mermaids in June and July. Want a unique experience to add to your visit? Enjoy a penguin encounter or a penguin painting experience. Glimpse the behind-the-scenes action of the aquarium, splash with the stingrays and experience a family night out through the Sleep With the Sharks program. You’ll make new memories and friends at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! 

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