My family was given admission to Ripley's attractions. However, as always, all opinions are my own.
My family is blessed to live an hour away from Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We are able to explore the town throughout the year. It is a wonderful place to discover with the family. It has shopping, restaurants and family attractions. Some of our favorite attractions to visit are Ripley's. There are 8 Ripley's attractions in all. The flagship is Ripley's aquarium. My family was able to visit Ripley's Aquarium this last weekend and we were not disappointed.
The aquarium boasts over 85,000 feet of underwater wonder. There is every kind of sea creature imaginable. I am always amazed at the diversity of sea life.
So many colors, sizes and shapes. I could watch the sea dragons all day. The way they move, their shape and form is stunning.
One of our favorite parts of the aquarium is the shark lagoon. There is a tunnel that takes you on a moving 340 foot path under the vast shark tank filled with an assortment of marine life. There are sting rays, grunts, sea turtles, snappers and sawfish to name a few.
It is fascinating to view a large shark or sting ray swim right over you and to see rows of teeth and the underbelly of the creature. It is an amazing journey.
As you enter the aquarium you are provided with a show and event schedule for the day. You might be lucky enough to encounter a dive show and watch as they feed the fish.
The aquarium is also very hands on. The horseshoe crabs are available for you to touch and learn about. Hand sanitizer is provided after this experience. There is also an area that has changing, limited time, hands on exhibits. There has been a dinosaur exhibit, slime exhibit and the current exhibit is "SWARM". This is hands on learning about the tendencies of animals to swarm. You can even get a quick (and free) fish manicure!
After enjoying observing the penguins at play the last exhibit is Touch-a-Ray bay. With educators on hand you are able to reach into the shallow bay and touch the top of a Sting Ray. This is quite an adventure and your sleeve may get a little wet, but what an experience!
With It's plentiful exhibits give yourself at least 2 hours to explore the wonders of Ripley's aquarium. With that adventure complete you can treat yourself to 7 other Ripley's attractions. There is no end to entertainment and education in Gatlinburg by enjoying all that Ripley's has to offer.
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