The Gatlinburg Aquarium: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

The Aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN is part of the Ripley’s family and was voted #1 Aquarium in the U.S. by Tripadvisor! While visiting Gatlinburg, why not take a trip to such an amazing Aquarium? There are many things to do at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies ranging from catered events, corporate meetings, weddings and receptions, birthday parties, and more! There are always new and exciting exhibits at the Gatlinburg Aquarium that will educate and fascinate the mind. The Aquarium in Gatlinburg has daily live shows every half hour starting at 9:30AM running all day through 11PM including Penguin feeding, marine science classes, Stingray dives, Coral Reef dives, and Shark Lagoon dives. These live shows performed by professional divers help you to see the feeding and lifestyle habits of many different aquatic species.

Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg is located on River Road, putting it in the middle of everything and making it easily accessible. One of the most popular events that the Aquarium in Gatlinburg offers is a “Personal Penguin Encounter” where guests can arrange to interact and get “face-to-beak” with one of the most playful penguins from the state-of-the-art habitat! In this personal encounter you will learn more about the Gatlinburg Aquarium’s African Penguins also known as the black-footed penguins from the aquarium staff expert. You will also have the special opportunity to pet a penguin and go home with a souvenir photo of you and the penguin! Reservations for your personal Penguin encounter are recommended and the cost is only $30 per person!

While visiting Gatlinburg, TN you won’t want to miss this state-of-the-art Aquarium and spend a whole day learning about and admiring the marine life! Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is only a short distance from The Glenstone Lodge, and serves as a great attraction that all ages will find fascinating. Ask our friendly staff any other questions you have about the Aquarium in Gatlinburg and enjoy your stay at one of the best Gatlinburg hotels, The Glenstone Lodge!

Posted in Blog by dpressly on April 19, 2012

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