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Ripley's Believe It or Not in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is packed with great attractions, including multiple Ripley’s family fun spots. You’ll find everything from the Ripley’s Aquarium to even the Ripley’s Davey Crockett Mini-golf, located directly in front of our hotel. With so many options to choose from, we wanted to highlight a few of the best to help you to plan the perfect vacation for your family!

Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in GatlinburgLocated in Downtown Gatlinburg, the Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the most loved attractions in the Smokies. The aquarium was listed as #2 on USA Today’s list of the 10 Best Aquariums in North America in 2018. The property contains 10,000 creatures of the sea that is made up of 350 different species. During your visit, you’ll see live shows, have the opportunity to touch a stingray and come face to face with the sharks as you travel through a tunnel that places you underneath the water. Children will love exploring the discovery center and playing in the Penguin Playhouse. If you’re looking to experience an even more special moment you can sign up for a behind the scenes tour, splash with the stingrays, sleep with the sharks or even propose to your significant other with the help of Ripley’s staff. Sensory friendly nights are available for families wanting a quieter experience for their children. A trip to Ripley’s Aquarium is one that you won’t soon forget!

Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

The Ripley’s Odditorium is unlike any other place in Gatlinburg or the Smokies. With 3 floors filled with exhibits and artifacts, everyone in the family is sure to find something that leaves them completely mystified. The 500 pieces that you’ll come across during your tour will leave you with a mind full of confusion and a day full of laughs. Once you’re done there, if you feel like you need to mix in some fear as well, head down to Ripley’s Haunted Adventure for some spine-tingling fun!

Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf

Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini GolfRipley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf will probably be one of the first Ripley’s attractions that you notice when arriving in Gatlinburg because it’s directly in front of our hotel. They offer 2 courses to choose from and friendly competition that’s perfect to include when planning a family fun day or date night. It’s closeness to our hotel allows you to walk directly from our building. If you’re feeling lucky, you may even win a free game! All you need is a hole in one and with 36 holes available it’s a possibility!

When making your itinerary for your trip to Gatlinburg be sure to include a Ripley’s attraction! If you want to visit Ripley’s Aquarium, check out our Lodging & Attraction Ticket Package that we have available. If you think you may want to visit multiple Ripley’s locations, take a moment to view their combo ticket options after booking your hotel room with us.

Are you ready to start planning your next vacation to the Smoky Mountains? Book your stay now!