Virtual Programs

Discover the wonders of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and come face-to-face with our aquatic animal residents from anywhere in the world with a guided Virtual Tour!

Virtual Fun

Our various virtual offerings will take you through the Aquarium’s galleries, stopping to chat with animal experts along the way to learn more about some of our guests’ favorite exhibits, like Penguin Playhouse and Shark Lagoon!

Need to Know Info


Our Virtual Tour is hosted by a live educator who will take you through the Aquarium via prerecorded footage. This footage provides our virtual guests with the most comprehensive experience, allowing you to get up close with our animals and have the chance to learn more about them from husbandry staff and marine biologists—something we would otherwise not be able to guarantee.

Your tour’s live educator, knowledgeable on every nook and cranny of the Aquarium, will be there to answer questions throughout and after your Virtual Tour—leaving no shell left unturned!

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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!