Homeschool Families

Homeschool Families

Homeschool families are invited to visit Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies at special rates, offered only at the ticket counter.

Homeschooling at the Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium offers special programs for all home education students along with walk-up discounts at any time with appropriate documentation.

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Classroom Programs

Hurricanes - March 20, 2024

We’ll take a quick trip to space in this class as we learn how scientists use satellites to study hurricanes and help predict storm paths.

Marine Debris - April 17, 2024

Did you know that there is a garbage patch the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean? Let’s learn how this debris affects the environment and the animals living in it, as well as what we can do to help.

Interconnections - May 15, 2024

Life on Earth can be connected to form basic food chains as well as complex interweaving food webs. Come connect with us and learn about how energy is moved through these systems.

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!