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Explore the Amazing Aquatic World Up-Close! 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! An Ultimate Underwater Experience without being wet!

Explore the lush, unique and beautiful worlds of the Tropical Rainforest, Ocean Realm, Coral Reef, and Gallery of the Seas, and the Best Shark Exhibit in the Most Spectacular Underwater Tunnel in Shark Lagoon. See hourly live dive shows! Pet jellyfish in the Discovery Center and stingrays in Touch-A-Ray Bay.  Enjoy playful penguins swimming, pop up on the penguins’ private beach and get nose-to-beak in Penguin Playhouse! 

Want a Unique Experience? Enjoy a Penguin Encounter, Penguin Painting, Educational Programs, Sleeping With the Sharks, Family & Adult Edition Sleepovers, and themed Birthday Parties! Fun-Filled family experience and MUCH, MUCH MORE!

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Amazing Underwater Tunnel in Shark Lagoon
Amazing Views from Under the Surface!
Shark Lagoon & Sally, Our Green Sea Turtle!
See Sharks & Our Green Sea Turtle!
Penguin Playhouse!
Get Nose-to-Beak with our African Blackfooted Penguins!
Coral Reef!
See Beautiful, Colorful Coral Reef!
Stingray Bay!
See Stingray Bay below the Surface!
African Blackfooted Penguin!
See our African Blackfooted Penguins!
Touch Jellyfish!
Interactive Fun!
Touch & Feed Stingrays!
Touch-A-Ray Bay!
Enjoy Hourly Dive Shows!
Dive Shows in Coral Reef and Stingray Bay!
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

For the most up-to-date hours and information, please contact Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies directly.


88 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738


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Admission Rates

Adults (12 and up): $39.99 + tax
Children (6 - 11) $24.99 + tax
Children (2 - 5) $9.99 + tax
Children under 2 are free.


Open year round.
9:00 am to 9:00 pm Daily

Payment Methods Accepted

  • AMEX
  • Cash
  • Discover
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

Discounts Given

  • Senior Citizen Discount
  • Other Discounts
  • Active Military
  • AARP Discount
  • Group Discount
  • Military Discount
  • Local Resident Discount
  • AAA Discount
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