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Discover and Explore the Gatlinburg Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies offers guests something new and exciting to see each season, and 2015 is no different. This year’s special exhibit is “SWARM,” highlighting over 1000 animals that utilize swarming for survival.

Along with water species including American Eels, Flashlight Fish, Doctor Fish, and Blue Blubber Jellyfish, you’ll see Halloween Crabs, Mice, Locusts and more. There are over 20 new hands on activities and 12 exhibits that will introduce you to the genius of swarms.

Although the new SWARM exhibit may draw you to the aquarium, there a several live shows to keep you there! It is suggested that you plan for at least 2 hours to tour the entire attraction, but that may not be enough when you consider there are more than 15 live show times each and every day.

Ripley's Mermaid Show - Ripley's Mermaids in Gatlinburg

Ripley’s Mermaid Show
Memorial Day-Labor Day

Daily Show Schedule:
Show schedules subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or varying attraction hours. You may want verify show times when purchasing your tickets. *The Marine Science Shows are upon availability and take place in the Discovery Center Classrooms.

Shark Lagoon Dive
9:30 a.m.
Divers maintain the exhibit tank amongst the sharks and other sea creatures.

Penguin Feeding or Penguin Facts
10:30 a.m. | 2:30 p.m. | 5:30 p.m.
Watch Penguins being fed and learn about their daily challenges in the wild.

Stingray Bay Dive
11 a.m. | 1 p.m. | 3 p.m. | 5 p.m. | 7 p.m. | 9 p.m.
See Stingray’s eating from divers’ hand!

* Marine Science Class
11:30 a.m. | 12:30 p.m. | 1:30 p.m. | 3:30 p.m. | 4:30 p.m.
Gather in the Discovery Center to learn about marine life in a fun, educational setting. It’s all about waters, animals and careers.

Coral Reef Dive
Noon | 2 p.m. | 4 p.m. | 6 p.m. | 8 p.m.
Get an exciting glimpse of a feeding of the colorful fish that call reefs their home. BONUS: Live Mermaids return from Memorial Day to Labor Day and can be seen swimming the waters of the Coral Reef during the Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. shows!

Here’s a sneak peek:

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Downtown Gatlinburg, Traffic Light #5
(865) 430-8808 | (888) 240-1358
Open Every Day at 9 .m.

When you purchase your tickets online, you’ll save $2 and they’ll be valid for one full year. That’ll give you plenty of time to view our 1 Bedroom and 2 Bedroom cabins for swimmingly great vacation!

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