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There is a brand new exhibit at Ripley’s Aquarium! Now, visitors to the aquarium can explore tales of adventure, myth, and ruin in the Savage Seas exhibit. We’ve got all the details on the new exhibit at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg and other fun things to do at the attraction.
About the Savage Seas Exhibit
The Savage Seas exhibit has officially opened at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg! This new experience gives visitors the opportunity to learn about stories of adventure, myth, and ruin in the sea. Savage Seas includes 4 separate galleries: Life on the Savage Seas, Sea Monsters, Shipwrecked, and Mother Nature.
Life on the Savage Seas: In this gallery, you’ll find out what it takes to survive on the open waters. Learn about pirate life, and even turn yourself into one! You’ll also hear common myths, learn what job you’d be cut out for on the sea, and dig through magical sand to find the buried treasure.
Sea Monsters: This gallery gives you the opportunity to see what monsters lurk in the sea! You will use a 16th century map to discover where the sea creatures live, then you can quiz yourself on your sea monster knowledge to see how many monsters you can identify. Don’t forget to snap a picture with the sea monster that lives in the aquarium before you leave!
Shipwrecked: In the Shipwrecked gallery, hop aboard the S.S. Nose Dive and examine Pacific sea life! You can climb beneath the ancient shipwreck and explore the treasures in the sea, see how divers work to uncover buried vessels with special diving gloves, and even become part of a discovery mission to expose rare artifacts in a giant fish tank! This gallery also provides the opportunity to learn about mysterious ships and shipwrecks, repair a skeleton before he disintegrates, and more.
Mother Nature: Weather the storm in the Mother Nature gallery! This gallery lets you brave hurricane-force winds in a storm simulation, and you can learn about a small worm with a destructive past.
The Savage Seas Exhibit is included in admission to the aquarium, so you don’t have to pay anything extra to explore everything it has to offer.
More Things to Do at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg
After you’re finished exploring the Savage Seas exhibit, spend time touring other parts of the aquarium! Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is home to thousands of your favorite aquatic animals, interactive experiences, educational opportunities, and so much more. Walk through an underwater tunnel in Shark Lagoon and see 12-foot sharks, a variety of fish, stingrays, and a green sea turtle swimming above you, or head to the Tropical Rainforest to see piranhas, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, and poisonous dart frogs! Some of the visitors favorite parts about the aquarium are the unique experiences it provides. Here are some of the best you can try while you’re there:
Glass Bottom Boat Adventure: Float into the heart of Shark Lagoon in a glass bottom boat, just 3 inches of glass separating you from all the animals that call the lagoon home, including the 12-foot sharks! You’ll have the opportunity to see all the sea creatures up close as they swim below you.
Penguin Encounter: Stop by the Penguin Playhouse to come nose-to-beak with African penguins! You can crawl through tunnels and see the penguins from both above and below in the interactive exhibit. For an extra fee, you can enjoy the Penguin Encounter, which allows you to pet one of the penguins and get a photo with it!
Stingray Bay: When you visit Stingray Bay, you can get up close to the animals and even reach out and touch one in the shallow end of the tank! One of the most popular experiences is the Splash with the Stingrays adventure, which allows you to actually get in the water with the stingrays!
Get Your Tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg
Don’t miss your chance to visit the Savage Seas exhibit at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg. Get your Gatlinburg aquarium tickets through us at Visit My Smokies and save $2 on admission!