An enormous aquarium dedicated to providing visitors with opportunities to see the creatures of the sea up-close, Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg is decidedly less odd than Ripley’s Believe It or Not, though no less enthralling and entertaining. Here, visitors of all ages can learn more about the denizens of the ocean through exhibits on animals, their habitats, and the conservation efforts that are going on to help them.
Visitors can also buy special animal encounter experiences to add to their time at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg, including Splash with the Stingrays, Penguin Paintings & Encounter, Behind the Scenes Tours, and a wide range of live shows for educational and entertainment purposes—including mermaid shows throughout the months of June and July!
More Information on This Fun-Filled Attraction
Open three hundred and sixty-five days each year, Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg has open hours that depend on the season. During January through February, the aquarium’s Monday through Thursday hours are from 9:00am until 8:00pm, with weekend hours (Friday through Sunday) from 9:00am until 10:00pm. From March through Memorial Day, the aquarium is open from 9:00am until 9:00pm on Monday through Thursday and from 9:00am until 10:00pm on Friday through Sunday.
On Memorial Day through Labor Day, these hours are extended to 9:00am until 10:00pm on Monday through Thursday and 9:00am until 11:00pm on Friday through Sunday. Finally, from Labor Day until New Year’s Day, the hours are the same as those listed for March through Memorial Day.
Tickets range in price from $20 for a child’s aquarium ticket to $55 for an adult’s annual aquarium pass. Bundled ticket options are also available, which allow you to buy a single ticket or annual pass for not only the aquarium, but other Gatlinburg tourist attractions as well. Cash only parking is available behind the aquarium for $6.
Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg also hosts children’s birthday parties, private events, and family events, such as Sleep with the Sharks. Some events have minimum age and participant number requirements, so be sure to check beforehand to make sure that you and your group are eligible. Other group pricing includes discounted rates for parties of ten or more people, making it an ideal family-friendly activity during family reunions.
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