Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

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Explore the Amazing Aquatic World Up-Closec with Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! Marvel at 12-foot sharks, a giant sea turtle, thousands of exotic sea creatures, and playful penguins as you enjoy the Most Spectacular, State-of-the-Art Underwater Tunnels! Touch Jellyfish & Stingrays! Family Fun, Interactive, Hourly Dive/Feeding Shows, and more! Open 365 days a year.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies features a wide range of exhibits that showcase diverse marine life from around the world. You can explore themed areas that include Rocky Shores, Ocean Realm, Coral Reef, Shark Lagoon, Stingray Bay, Tropical Rainforest, and more. The aquarium is home to thousands of fascinating creatures, including sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, sea turtles, penguins, and colorful tropical fish.

The aquarium offers various interactive experiences that allow visitors to get closer to marine life. You can touch stingrays at the Touch-a-Ray Bay, interact with live horseshoe crabs, or participate in educational talks and feeding sessions scheduled throughout the day.

One of the highlights of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is the underwater tunnel. Walking through this tunnel offers a unique perspective, as you are surrounded by 360-degree views of marine life swimming overhead and all around you. It’s an immersive experience that allows for an up-close encounter with various species.

The aquarium frequently hosts special programs and events, such as Sleeping With the Sharks, Educational Programs, Penguin Encounter, and Painting programs! These additional offerings provide opportunities for more in-depth learning and memorable experiences.

The aquarium also includes a gift shop where visitors can find a variety of marine-themed souvenirs, toys, and apparel. There are also several dining options available within the aquarium, offering snacks, meals, and refreshments for visitors.

Please note that operational details, exhibit availability, ticket prices, and hours of operation may vary. It’s recommended to check the official Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies website or contact them directly for the latest information regarding opening hours, current exhibits, educational programs, ticket prices, and any additional guidelines or restrictions.

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