Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – My Bear Foot Cabins

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies


Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is a top family-friendly attraction. The Gatlinburg aquarium is full of fascinating things to do that everyone in the family will enjoy.

Travel Under the Sea in Shark Lagoon

Shark Lagoon is home to so many different types of sea life. You’ll see them all when you travel along the moving 340-foot long glide path. The path takes you through an underwater tunnel, where you can see some of your favorite sea creatures! You’ll see snappers, tarpons, squirrelfish, a green sea turtle, and giant stingrays. Then you come face-to-face with giant sharks. Shark Lagoon provides the opportunity to feel like you’re underwater with the animals.

Interact with Sea Animals

The Gatlinburg aquarium has a number of unique experiences that allow you to interact with the sea animals. You can visit Touch a Ray Bay, where you interact with rays as they glide by in the shallow lagoon. When you visit the Discovery Center, you learn about the different sea animals, and you’ll touch a jellyfish and live horseshoe crabs!

Watch a Dive Show

There are shows at the aquarium. Watch divers interact with the animals in the Shark Lagoon, or watch the Coral Reef Dive. It’s a feeding show where you discover coral reefs and the fish that live there. The Stingray Bay Dive, is where you explore sharks and stingrays. Watch the stingrays feed from the diver’s hands. Check the live shows schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Sleep with the Sharks

The Gatlinburg aquarium offers sleepovers for families and groups. You’ll get to watch a dive show, participate in a late-night activity, and have a scavenger hunt. In the morning, you can enjoy breakfast at Feeding Frenzy, which overlooks Stingray Bay.

7. Feed Sally the Sea Turtle

In the aquarium’s special Turtle Time experience, you’ll get to feed Sally the Sea turtle. You can feed her lettuce, and you’ll even get a behind-the-scenes look of the aquarium. This experience includes a 10-minute classroom program, a tour of the husbandry department, feeding Sally and a look at one of the training sessions for Sally.


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