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Another New Attraction Added to the Gatlinburg Aquarium: Splash with the Stingrays

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to splash around with the animals at the aquarium? Now you have the chance to splash with the stingrays at Touch-A-Ray Bay! Here’s what you need to know:

About Splash with the Stingrays

Splash with the Stingrays is a new experience at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg. Just like it sounds, you will get the opportunity to get in the water with the stingrays!

Cost of the Splash with the Stingrays Experience

The cost is $30 per person and includes a behind-the-scenes tour, souvenir t-shirt and the unique experience of spending time in the water with the stingrays. You will get to spend about 15-20 minutes in the water with the stingrays. The cost of the Splash with the Stingrays experience is in addition to aquarium admission.

What You Need for Splash with the Stingrays at the Gatlinburg AquariumStingray in an aquarium

It is required that you bring your bathing suit. So, if you’re visiting the aquarium, go ahead and pack your bathing suit just in case you decide to try out the experience! You will be suited up at the aquarium before your adventure, too!

The aquarium will provide towels following your time in the water. You must be at least 40” tall to participate, so it’s perfect for kids (and anyone!) over age 5. Kids love to get in the water and feed the stingrays!

Is it safe to be in the water with the stingrays?

Of course! You have nothing to worry about when it comes to spending time with the stingrays. They have removed all of the barbs so the stingrays are completely safe. They are very friendly and love interaction with people. While you’re in the water, you’ll be able to feed the stingrays, so you’ll see lots of stingrays come up to you, rub along your sides and give you the chance to touch them!

If you want to interact with the stingrays, but you don’t want to get in the water, you can still spend time at Touch-A-Ray Bay! From the edge of the water, you can reach in to touch the stingrays and even spend $3 to feed them!

For more information about Splash with the Stingrays, visit the official website of Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg.

Tropical fish swimming around colorful coral at Ripley's Aquarium of the SmokiesAlso New at the Gatlinburg Aquarium: Glass Bottom Boat Ride

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Gatlinburg Aquarium announced a different new attraction – Ripley’s Glass Bottom Boat Ride!

If you’re not feeling as adventurous as the Splash with the Stingrays attraction, you’ll probably love the Glass Bottom Boat Adventure!

From above the Shark Lagoon, you’ll be able to catch a ride on a glass bottom boat to look down into the water and see all of the fish and sea creatures swimming around! The ride will last about 15-20 minutes.

Click here for all of the details about the Glass Bottom Boat Adventure!

Buy Tickets to the Gatlinburg Aquarium

You can go ahead and purchase your admission tickets to the Gatlinburg aquarium! When you buy your tickets through Visit My Smokies, you will receive $4 off each admission as well as complimentary cancellation. Click here to buy your tickets or click on the large green button below.

Click here for tickets - save money - free cancellation.