Aquarium of the Smokies

Located at Traffic Light #5

88 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Toll-Free: 888-240-1358
Phone: 865-430-8808
General Manager: Ryan DeSear



Aquarium Overview

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is literally teaming with life – our 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species. There are more fish in this aquarium than there are people living in the entire town of Gatlinburg.

Although we offer  hundreds of miles from the ocean, the scenic beauty and the abundance of water all around make the town of Gatlinburg a “natural” location for a world-class aquarium.

Experience the Amazing Aquatic World Up-Close and  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!

Come on in and explore the lush world of the Tropical Rainforest, the unique world of Ocean Realm, Nature’s Kaleidoscope in Coral Reef, the Best Shark Exhibit in the Most Spectacular Underwater Tunnel in Shark Lagoon, have fun in a kid’s paradise in the Discovery Center, see the deadly but beautiful in Gallery of the Seas. 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 penguins swimming, pop up on the penguins’ private beach and get nose-to-beak in Penguin Playhouse.  Fun-Filled family experience and MUCH MORE! We hope you enjoy your visit at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and make a lifetime of memories!