A Winter’s Day Under the Sea in Gatlinburg

Nov 29, 2015

Ripleys Aquarium in the Smokies - Gatlinburg Tennessee.jpgWinter time in the Smoky Mountains is an exciting time of the year! With so much to do and see, you and your family may want to partake in a fun, low-key indoor activity in between hitting the slopes and the shops. Spend a family day under the seas at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies! Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is open 365 days of the year can be found at traffic light number 5 just across from Gatlinburg's downtown strip. When you vacation with Heartland Cabin Rentals, you will receive a Gateway to Fun Pass. Our Gateway to Fun Pass is a complimentary incentive to those who vacation with us. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is featured on our Gateway to Fun Pass program, along with several other area attractions, dinners and exciting shows. Continue reading to see what you'll find inside of Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. At Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, you and your family will experience aquatic life in an educational and an up close, personal way. With over 10,000 aquatic creatures to view, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is a hands on and educational experience for all ages.

Stingray Bay

Take your children to pet the stingrays at Touch-A-Ray-Bay. Touch-A-Ray-Bay is an area where one on one interactions between you and a real life stingray takes place - it's a guaranteed splash! Stingrays are the gentle giant's of the ocean. At Touch-A-Ray-Bay, you will be able to glide your hands over the top of a stingray as it floats by. You will have instructional assistance throughout the activity.

Tropical Rainforest

The Tropical Rainforest showcases untouchable creatures such as colorful and poisonous dart frogs, herbivorous and carnivorous piranhas, and unique fish such as the four-eyed anableps fish and one of the world's largest fish - the Pirarucu.

Shark Lagoon

The Shark Lagoon is a realm consisting of a 340-foot long gliding sidewalk where you will wind your way throughout an underwater tunnel. The underwater tunnel will let you get face to face with tarpons, squirrelfish, snappers, sawfish, a large sea turtle and giant sharks.

Penguin Playhouse and the Discovery Center

At the Penguin Playhouse, visitors can watch penguins swim, eat, and play. Waddle through the tunnels for a chance encounter with one of the penguins in a pop up. You can also make reservations to pet a penguin with the purchase of a penguin encounter. Pet horseshoe crabs and see the puffer fish in action at the Discovery Center. You will have instructional assistance throughout the activity.

Where to Stay

Make sure and book a cabin with Heartland Cabin Rentals in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Offering affordable cabins with free tickets to Ripley's and other attractions. Click to learn more. Heartland Cabin Rentals offer up to 5 bedroom cabins. Click to find a cabin.



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Category: Things to do

Doug Shanks

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By Doug Shanks a Google Local Guide Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.


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