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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg

The Ultimate Itinerary for Exploring Ripley’s Attractions in Gatlinburg

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There is no shortage of amazing, family friendly attractions in the Smokies. From theme parks to award-winning shows and more, you’ll never run out of things to do! You can’t miss all the eye-catching attractions throughout the area either! Here is the ultimate itinerary for exploring Ripley’s Attractions in Gatlinburg:

1. Start Your Day at the Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is a nationally-recognized, award-winning attraction located in the heart of Gatlinburg! At this aquarium, you’re guaranteed to have a hands-on experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Pet a stingray at Touch-A-Ray Bay or create a masterpiece at the Penguin Paintings and Encounter. You can also get up close and personal with a few of the aquarium’s biggest residents on the Glass Bottom Boat Adventure on Shark Lagoon. This aquarium is the perfect place to start your Ripley’s adventure for the day!

2. Head Downtown for Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

outside of Ripley's Believe It or Not in GatlinburgAfter you’ve visited all the sea creatures at the Aquarium, head right down the road to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Right on the Gatlinburg strip, the Believe It or Not! museum is full of oddities from all over the world. From shrunken heads to vampire killing kits, there are over 500 exhibits and artifacts throughout the 3 floors of this “Odditorium”. After you explore over 12,000 square feet of the mysterious and unusual, check out all the strip has to offer, including some great lunch options.

3. Play a Round at the Davy Crockett Mini-Golf Course

With 36 holes of fun, Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf Course is a blast for the whole family! There are 2 uniquely themed courses that pay homage to the Tennessee hero, Davy Crockett and his Appalachian roots. You won’t find a mini-golf course with a better view, as you have the Great Smoky Mountains as your backdrop to this activity. Open 365 days of the year, the Davy Crockett Mini-Golf Course is easily one of the best Ripley’s attractions in Gatlinburg!

4. End the Day at the Marvelous Mirror Maze

mirror mazeCap off your day with a Gatlinburg favorite, Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze. See if you have what it takes to find your way out of this mirrored illusion. Covered in LED lights and mirrors, this maze is almost impossible to get out of. Don’t worry, Ripley’s sends in “search parties” every half hour to make sure you don’t get stuck. This is the perfect way to end your day checking out all the Ripley’s highlights throughout the Smokies area.

Now that you have the ultimate itinerary for exploring Ripley’s attractions in Gatlinburg, you can start planning your next trip to the Smokies! Looking for something a little different? Check out all the other fun things to do in the Smokies and add a few attractions to your to-do list! We look forward to seeing you!