Since we travel to The Great Smoky Mountains every November my family and I try to alternate between different Smoky Mountain attractions and family activities every few years. This year we visited Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies again. We visited the aquarium in the past but haven’t experienced it in at least 3-4 years. I can’t believe how new and exciting the aquarium was for us. New live shows and exhibits like the Dinosaurs – When Giants Ruled! showcases some of the most amazing extinct creatures to have ever habit the earth and Tennessee! Our favorites were still there like the Penguin Playhouse and the Sharks Lagoon.
One of the best parts of visiting the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is that the aquarium is indoors. Why is this important? Because our 2nd day in Gatlinburg was non-stop rain the ENTIRE day. Normally that would mean spending the day in the hotel pool but we had Ripley’s Combo Tickets in hand which was a huge lifesaver! Rain is something that tourist can’t avoid but purchasing Ripley’s UPick Combo Tickets is the perfect solution when planning for inclement weather while traveling. In addition to E-ticket which allows guests to print online, you can also add combo tickets and visit several Ripley’s Attractions and other local attractions for one money-saving price. Since we could visit several attractions in one day, we chose to accomplish that on our “rainy day” in Gatlinburg.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is voted the #1 Aquarium by TripAdvisor! With over 10,000 exotic sea creatures and more than 350 individual species, it is definitely a hands on interactive aquarium. Exhibits like Tropical Rainforest, Ocean Realm, Systems Controls, Coral Reef, Shark Lagoon, Discovery Center, the Gallery of the Seas, Stingray Bay, Touch a Ray Bay and the Penguin Playhouse allows guests to enjoy something for everyone. Educational travel is very important to me. By adding Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to our travel itinerary, I know that hands on learning is always present.
A full day of live shows like Shark Lagoon Dive, Penguin Feeding, Stingray Bay Dive, Marine Science Class and Coral Reef Dive allows children (and their parents) to interact with sea creatures in an up-close and personal way. Our absolutely favorite part is naturally the Penguin Playhouse and the Penguin Feeding. How can you not want to take home a Penguin and create your own frosty adventure 365 days a year!
If you are planning a trip to the Smoky Mountain Area, make sure to visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and discover why so many return year after year to Gatlinburg’s most visited family attraction. You can visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies on their website, Facebook page or on Twitter.
What is your favorite educational travel attraction?