5 Best Ripley’s Attractions for Kids You Have to Visit

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Ripley’s is a household name around the Smoky Mountains! They have so many fun things to do for the whole family, especially your kids! We know how you want to keep your children entertained throughout your vacation, and visiting Ripley’s attractions is the best way to have fun together as a family! Check out these 5 best Ripley’s attractions for kids you have to visit:

1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

The outside of the Gatlinburg aquarium.Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is probably the most popular Ripley’s attraction in the Smoky Mountains for kids! You get to see all kinds of cool creatures, from penguins to sharks. Many of the exhibits are interactive, which kids love! You get to touch sea creatures, including moon jellies and stingrays. There’s a huge playground your kids can run around on, as well as a gift shop full of cool items that will help you remember your trip. You can also add additional experiences, such as the glass bottom boat ride or painting with the penguins for an even better aquarium experience!

2. Ripley’s Old MacDonald Mini Golf

If your whole family loves to play mini golf, then you should take them to Ripley’s Old MacDonald Mini Golf. This Ripley’s attraction has three different courses to choose from, ranging from easy to hard. Small kids will have fun on the easiest course, while older kids will want to try the medium and hard courses. It has a farm theme, and you’ll see all the familiar creatures, from cows to sheep to pigs, as well as some other creatures. These features interact with you as you play, and there’s even a fun soundtrack to listen to as you putt putt. If you get a hole-in-one at the end, you win a free game!

3. Ripley’s Believe It or Not

outside of Ripley's Believe It or Not in GatlinburgAt Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, you will see all kinds of weird and cool things your kids will love. With over 500 exhibits and artifacts, you’ll have to visit this Ripley’s attraction to believe your eyes! There’s a Mexican vampire woman covered in tattoos and shrunken heads. See people who are able to do things that will blow your mind. There are even two-headed animals at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Your kids will be begging you to go back to this wacky museum.

4. Ripley’s Mirror Maze

See if your kids can find their way out of Ripley’s Mirror Maze! Make your way through a huge labyrinth of mirrors with infinite reflections. There are neon lights to create a cool ambiance, and everyone will have a blast trying to figure a way out! Don’t worry if you get lost; they send search parties every half hour to help you out!

5. Ripley’s Moving Theater

Ripley's Moving Theater in GatlinburgIf you’ve never experienced a 5D movie, then you should go to Ripley’s Moving Theater! Since most kids love interactive experiences, this is a great attraction to take them to! You get to choose your movie then strap into your chair for a unique experience. There’s surround sound, moving chairs, and many other immersive effects to bring the movie you watch to life.

You’ll want to check out all of these best Ripley’s attractions for kids when you’re in the Smoky Mountains! Want to know about more fun things to do in the area? Check out these Smoky Mountain attractions!

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