Summer Camps at the Aquarium

2024 Summer Camps Open for Booking!

Camps at Ripley’s are interactive, innovative, and entertaining for guests of all ages. Fun, excitement, and memories that last a lifetime are what you will find when you participate in one of our camp programs.

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Expedition Camp (Ages 4–7) $29.99 +Tax
Jr. Aquarist Camp (Ages 8–14) $79.99 +Tax
Vet Camp (Ages 9–14) $79.99 +Tax
Mermaid Camp (Ages 5–12) $59.99 +Tax
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Explore Our Programming

Dive into our camp programs at the aquarium and make jaw-some memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

Expedition Camp

We invite your little one to go on an exciting half-day adventure with our Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies education staff! In our Expedition camps, campers will be engaged with story time, a scavenger hunt, crafts, and so much more!

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Expedition Camp

Campers get a chance to get up close and personal with one of our fascinating animals! Each camp date will focus on a unique habitat and the animals that live there.

Jr. Aquarist Camp

Activities during this program include: a behind-the-scenes look at shark feeding, feeding stingrays, water quality testing, dissecting a squid, and more!

Vet Camp

During this camp, we will perform some of the day-to-day activities that vets are responsible for, such as suturing, reading ultrasounds, examining specimens under a microscope, and more! We will also have the opportunity to hear from the veterinarian who takes care of the animals here at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

Mermaid Camp

Come join Ripley’s Aquarium under the sea at Mermaid Camp! Dive into the underwater world of mystical mermaids and marine life. You’re not going to want to miss the underwater show, where professional mermaids will perform underwater routines that are sure to leave campers in awe. There will even be an opportunity to meet a mermaid and ask her questions about her life in the ocean.

Whether making new friends or learning about the fascinating world of marine life, this camp offers a safe and fun environment where campers are free to explore their creativity while being immersed in a world of magic and wonder!

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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!