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Ripley's Attractions Guide

10 Iconic Ripley's Attractions Around Gatlinburg

What are all the Ripley Attractions in Gatlinburg?

Which Ripley Attraction is the Best?

I am here to help.

They have something for everyone!

You may not realize just how many Ripley Attractions

there are around

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville.

...and getting Combo Passes will save you time and money.

 

Like most of the attractions in the area,

the least busy months are January, February and March.

My photo of Ripleys Aquarium Spring 2023, Gatlinburg Tennessee
Ripleys Aquarium attraction Glass Bottom Boat Adventure passengers, looking at fish and sea life in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

1.) Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
88 River Road, Gatlinburg

Plan about 2-3 hours to tour the aquarium. If you want to see special shows it may be a bit more.

Glass Bottom Boat Adventure - Take a guided boat tour on the water and above the

Shark Lagoon

Shark Lagoon - Does Ripley's have sharks? Oh, Yes! Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies has Sand Tiger Sharks and Nurse Sharks that are active at night.  The famous tunnel of sea life has sharks and 1000's of fish, all shapes and sizes.

 

Penguin Playhouse -   See Penguins above or below the water and even meet them!

Stingray Bay Yes, you can touch the Rays!

Ring of Fire - New - Explore the Pacific Islands

Live Shows - Daily Mermaid, penguins, feedings, coral reef and Ray Bay shows, dives and parades!

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Aquarium Sleepovers, Special Events, Experiences

  • Turtle Time - Feed a turtle and go behind the scenes

  • Penguin Painting Experience - Make unique art with the penguins that you can take home

  • Penguin Encounter - Pet a Penguin

  • Pints and Penguins - 21 and up Sleepover - Full bar, appetizers, behind the scenes tours, breakfast, and penguin encounter.

  • Sips & Sharks - 21 and up Sleepover - Full bar, appetizers, behind the scenes tours, breakfast, and sleepover in the Shark Tunnel.

  • Sleep with the Sharks - Stay overnight with sharks and chaperones, have snacks and do fun scavenger hunts

  • Mermaid Slumber Party - Mermaid themed sleepover, meet a mermaid, have mermaid breakfast, and other fun activities.

  • PJ Party with the Penguins - Stay overnight with the penguins, have some snacks, and meet a penguin

  • Sensory Friendly Nights - Offers a quieter experience and discount into the Aquarium

  • Birthday Parties - Call for Details!

Ripley's Aquarium is Wheelchair Accessible and offers free wheelchairs onsite, noise cancelling headphones, and sensory bags.

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Military Discount, AAA, AARP Discounts Available

Divers feed the fish at Ripleys Aquarium
Child sees 2 Ripley's Aquarium mermaids
A couple stand in front of Ripleys aquarium in Gatlinburg Tn and watch the fish

2.) Ripley's Mountain Coaster
386 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Ripley's mountain Coaster in Gatlinburg, street view
Man rides Ripley's Mountain Coaster

Gravity driven mountain coaster that you control the speed!  Ride up to 35 mph.

This coaster is 3,100 feet of fun and I would highly suggest the 2-ticket deal, since you will want to ride it again.

 

Ride solo or tandem, rain or shine, day or night! (Certain restrictions do apply)

The night ride is incredible!  The views in the daytime are wonderful as well. My personal suggestion is to go at twilight!

The location is great if you are walking around downtown, but you can also get good access to parking there.

 

Cabins close to Downtown Gatlinburg

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3.) Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium
800 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Boy pushes large floating ball in front of Ripleys Odditorium, Gatlinburg TN
Vampire Killing Kit at Ripleys Believe It or Not!

"The Weirdest Place in Gatlinburg"

If you love museums, history, or just really weird stuff, you cannot miss the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum.  The tour of Ripley's Believe It or will take about 1-2 hours.

This fascinating "Odditorium", as it is called lives up to its name.  Collections from the famous world traveler, Robert Ripley himself.

Over 500 crazy things to look at and interact with, including:

  • Historic artifacts

  • Cultural oddities from around the globe

  • Authentic animal and biological oddities

  • Unbelievable art and pop culture memorabilia

  • Interactive & Educational Exhibits

  • New pieces are added to Ripley's vast collections almost daily

This 3-story museum in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg has an elevator so no problem for wheelchairs, or strollers.

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4.) Ripley's Haunted Adventure
908 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Ripleys Haunted Adventure Attraction scary character beckons
Ripleys Haunted Adventure, exterior view, street view and signage
Ripleys Haunted Adventure scary character beckons

It doesn't need to be Halloween for you to visit this year-round haunted house.  

Live actors will terrify you for kicks, as you make your way up and through the halls of terror in this renovated mansion.  Must be 6 years or older to enter. Ages 6-11 must be accompanied by an adult.

This is a great adult/teen attraction and not recommended for really young kids.

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5.) Ripley's 5D Moving Theater
904 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Ripleys 5D moving theater exterior view of attraction in Gatlinburg
Ripley 5D moving theater space racers attraction show
Ripley 5D moving theater dinosaurs attraction show

State of the art, 5D, high impact moving theater with motion simulator - puts you in the action.  Yes, you are going on a ride...your seat will be moving in place. 

 

See a variety of movies like Aladdin, Red Beard Rapids, Glacier Race, Dino Safari, Rats Race Xtreme and more, with new shows all the time.

Glacier Race - Realistic race over ice and snow to the finish, powerful music and action-oriented race, you are in the driver seat!

Dino Safari 2 - Race to save the baby dinosaur from poachers and escape the angry Momma!

6.) Ripley's Mirror Maze
623 Parkway, Gatlinburg

A group of adults and children experience the Mirror Maze Attraction
Ripley's Mirror Maze attraction in Gatlinburg TN

This is a fun challenge for kids, adults and teens.

See if you can find your way through this maze of lights and illusions, but if you can't, they will come find you! Floors that light up and music make this a fun adventure to add to any other Ripley Attraction.  You can also have a dance party in the middle!

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7.) Ripley's Davy Crockett's Mini Golf
188 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Group of people pose by Davy Crockett mini golf sign
Mom and child pose by a bear at Davy Crockett Mini Golf

Tons of cute talking animals, water and musical features kids will love. There are two, 18-hole courses, and I recommend you playing both because you get a big discount that way.  You can also save your ticket to play later if you want.

 

Great and convenient parking area, lots of trees and shade.  Super cute and great for families!

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8.) Ripley's Super Fun Zone
542 Parkway, Gatlinburg

kids play lazer tag
Lazer tag attraction in Gatlinburg, kids playing
Ripleys Super Fun Zone, Gatlinburg Tennessee attraction, Street View

With your ticket, choose from Lazer tag, OR indoor mini golf, and Retro Retail Shop with 80's and rock memorabilia, posters, and pop culture stuff.  All in one place.  I would suggest the Lazer tag!

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9.) Ripley's Super Fun Park
4061 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

People Riding the go karts at Ripley's Super Fun Park attraction in Pigeon Forge
Lady and man on Bumper boat ride

One of my favorite Ripley attractions!  This place has so much to offer.

Multi-level go karts, Bumper Boats, carousel, kids rides and Game Arcade. The Bumper Boats have spray guns, so especially great for a hot, summer day.  Food, drinks, snacks, are also available.

This is great for kids because there are different go kart tracks for different ages!

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10.) Ripley's Old MacDonald's Mini Golf
1639 Parkway, Sevierville

2 Ladies play Old MacDonald Farm mini golf at this attraction in Sevierville TN
Old mac donald Farm mini Golf sign

Farm themed, with three, 18- hole courses. Water, bridges, cute animals and interactive features. Also has a game arcade!

This is a great place to someone to take the kids while Mom shops at Tanger Outlets next door!  But Mom will also want to play because this is a great family activity.  

Includes wheelchair accessible courses!

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If you can't make it to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or the Smoky Mountains right now, check out these live Smoky Mountain WEBCAMS 

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