Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies 10 Best

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies 10 Best

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Best Aquarium

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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Named 2019 Best Aquarium

There are thousands of aquariums across the country, but none compare to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in downtown Gatlinburg. There, you’ll get an up-close look at hundreds of species of aquatic wildlife. It’s no wonder that Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies earned the number one spot on USA Today’s 10 Best for “Best Aquarium” in 2019.

The USA Today 10 Best is a ranking accumulated by online readers. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies earned readers’ votes thanks to the over 10,000 aquatic animals that reside at the aquarium. The moving walkways within Shark Lagoon and interactive Penguin Playhouse were also highlights.

About Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is the perfect family-friendly attraction. Rain or shine, you can spend hours exploring each level of this acclaimed museum, learning about different aquatic species and getting up close and personal through hands-on activities.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Penguin Playhouse

Things to Do at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

The aquarium features nine areas with unique exhibits in displays on both the lower and upper levels, including a coral reef tank, tropical rainforest, Penguin Playhouse, Touch-a-Ray-Bay and more.

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More Information about Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

For more information on Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, visit RipleyAquariums.com/Gatlinburg

Things to Do near Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Once you’ve experienced all that Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has to offer, explore more of downtown Gatlinburg’s fantastic activities and attractions. Here are some of our favorite things to do near Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

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Visit Gatlinburg’s Family Adventure Park

Across the street from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, more family fun awaits at Anakeesta. Anakeesta is a 72-acre adventure theme park featuring plenty of activities, including a ziplines, a mountain coaster, treetop canopy walks, shopping, restaurants and spectacular views of the area.

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Go Shopping

Within walking distance from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies are several shopping destinations. Browse everything from home décor and houseware to apparel for all ages at the shops along the Gatlinburg Parkway.

Grab a Bite to Eat

There are a number of restaurants in downtown Gatlinburg that are sure to satisfy every budget and appetite. Indulge in everything from down-home cooking to high-end meals using locally grown ingredients. The whole family will enjoy finger-licking barbecue or classic, made-from-scratch Southern dishes.

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