Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Voted Best Aquarium in the 2019 USA Today Reader’s Choice awards, the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies can provide a few hours to a full day of fun! Complete with a variety of exhibits, live shows, a restaurant, and multiple experience options like Penguin Encounters, you can’t go wrong by choosing this as one of your MUST visits during your Gatlinburg vacation. Take time to ride the glass bottom boat, touch horseshoe crabs and stingrays, and let the kids run around in the children’s multi-level play area.
Ripley’s has done a spectacular job melding conservation efforts, public education, and fun! The Aquarium has a parking garage, but if you prefer to not pay for parking, it is less than a 15 minute walk from Gillette Motel, right down the main Parkway!