Behind The Scenes Tours

Behind The Scenes Tours

Go behind-the-scenes and learn what it takes to keep the aquarium’s animals healthy and happy!

Behind The Scenes Tours

Pass through staff only doors and go behind-the-scenes in this unique experience. Learn how the aquarium cares for its animal inhabitants, from monitoring water quality to food prep and much more.

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What's Included

  • Behind-the-scenes, guided tour of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

  • The opportunity to see back of house animals. 

  • Q&A with an educator.

Swirling Pinstripe backdrop

Woah! The Aquarium sounds like alotl fun! But what are you doing all the way down here with the axolotls – some of the most secretive salamanders in the world?!

Did you know the Great Smoky Mountains are considered the Salamander Capital of the World? Salamanders are abundant in the Smokies and outnumber human visitors on even the park’s busiest days!