Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies: Photos From My Visit

Hello! Hope you are having a wonderful week! Since both hubby and I are off until after the first of the year, we took Wednesday and headed to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for some fun. It was our first trip up there since the devastating forest fires in November. We keep hearing the best way to help is come visit and spend some money – so that’s what we did.  Our first stop was Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Since I took over 400 photos for the day (and 185 at the aquarium alone), I have decided to break the day into multiple blog posts.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

We lucked out with a gorgeous sunny, but cool day. A black tunic, red leggings, and black fuzzy boots made for the perfect traveling and walking outfit. I didn’t have to put a coat on until the sun went down!

Glenneth

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Loved seeing all the Christmas decorations at the aquarium and throughout Gatlinburg!

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

We bought our tickets online in order to save a few dollars and to bypass the ticketing office. We were able to just walk right in.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

This guy was one of the first creatures we saw and I just fell in love with him. Check out that tongue!

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Gotta love the jellyfish.  So beautiful.  I could watch them float all day.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

That orange thing in the back is a barnacle.  So colorful!

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

This is a sea dragon.  Isn’t he cool looking?  They also had sea horse exhibits but the sea horses weren’t feeling very photogenic.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

My favorite part of the entire place was the shark tunnel.  You could walk through or stand on the people mover and just watch the fish, sharks, turtles, etc to the side and above you.  I definitely did the people mover since I was taking so many photos.  We wound up actually going through the entire aquarium twice because I wanted to go through the tunnel again (and try to get another glimpse of the sea turtle).

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

There was only one sea turtle and we managed just a few quick glimpses of him.  How magnificent is he!

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

So many fish . . .

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Check out how colorful this little guy is!  He really stood out!

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

This is a lion fish.  They are super funky looking!

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

More jellyfish!

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

He’s watching you…..

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Gotta love that face!

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Penguins!  Another one of my favorite creatures.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Back in the shark tunnel . . .

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

If you ever get the chance to visit, it is definitely worth a trip.  There are also TONS of exhibits specifically for kids and a few “petting” areas.  There is a parking garage super close by as well (as parking is sometimes hard to find in Gatlinburg).

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Did you take any time off between Christmas and New Year’s? Have you been to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies? Favorite water creature?

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