We received complimentary admission in exchange of this review. However, all thoughts and opinions are mine.

One of the attractions that we went to was Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies while we were with his classmates for their class trip. Having never visited Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge before, I was surprised at how many shops and businesses were packed into one street. Anyway, it was really cool to see a large Aquarium sticking up in the middle of all that!I loved it as it had sharks, fishes, and penguins. They even have a Penguin Cam to watch them. So cute and small with their names on their fins. You can check it out here. I also got to touch horseshoe crabs and jellyfish. Only got 1 picture of my son as he hates me taking them for the blog or anything.


I was pleasantly surprised at how much my son really enjoyed the Pearl Harbor exhibit – he is into war games and like to see the different artifacts that were display! The Pearl Harbor exhibit is brand new this year, and just like Ripley’s Aquarium’s other exhibits, this one has something for everyone. Visitors of all ages were enjoying it the day we were there.


What I love was seeing all the different sea creatures especially the cute penguins. He like the sharks and fishes. Wouldn’t touch the jellyfish or horse crabs. We spent about 2 1/2 hours here going through all the different exhibits, so if you go expect to spend about that amount of time or more. Since I have a teenager he wouldn’t do the tree which is a interactive climbing center. Perfect for little ones that have a lot of energy to burn.

To order tickets or for more info

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is located at:
88 River Rd, Gatlinburg,TN 37738

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is open 365 days a year, but hours of operation vary by season.