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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is one of the top attractions in the Smoky Mountains and one of the most highly rated aquariums in the country. In the heart of downtown Gatlinburg you’ll find 10,000 ocean creatures representing 350 different species. An experience that is certainly unique and one that is filled with family fun. Here are 5 reasons to visit Ripley’s Aquarium during your stay with us at The Appy Lodge!

Fun and Educational

ripley's aquarium of the smokiesDuring your time at the aquarium you’ll find numerous exhibits and educational information around every corner! Both children and adults will enjoy the opportunities that are provided for hands-on experiences as well. Live dive shows are both entertaining and informative. Guests can also sign up for close-up encounters with the penguins and the stingrays!

A Trip to the Ripley’s Aquarium is the Perfect Indoor Activity

If you’re visiting the Smokies at a time when the weather is less than perfect then a trip to the aquarium is a great way to save the day! Children will enjoy getting to release some energy in the play area and everyone in the family will have an excellent time as they explore life under the sea!

It’s Just One Mile Away From Our Gatlinburg Hotel

sign outside of the appy lodgeA stay with us means being able to access many top attractions in the area quite easily, including the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. A glimpse under the ocean is located just one mile from our Gatlinburg hotel! Take the trolley from our parking area, a short drive or if it’s a beautiful day wander that way with a nice walk!

An Inclusive Experience

The aquarium wheelchair and stroller friendly. They also have wheelchairs available at guest services. Ripley’s has went above and beyond with taking steps to make their property inclusive to all guests. This includes now being a Certified Autism Center. Their staff has been specially trained to accommodate guests with sensory sensitivities. Sensory-Friendly Nights are also now available for guests that are seeking a quieter experience.

Lodging & Attraction Ticket Packages

two queen room in the appyBeing our guest at The Appy Lodge means not only have access to our beautiful property and Our Amenities but also discounts on local attractions! Included in Our Lodging & Attraction Ticket Packages is the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and many other top activities in town! You’ll find information on such deals and the chance to sign up for deals on your stay by clicking here! → Save On Your Vacation To The Smoky Mountains!

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