Here is another super place to visit when you are in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area of TN. The Ripley's Aquarium is in downtown Gatlinburg and is the perfect way to slow dawn and have some quality time with your family. This aquarium is ranked 5th in the world.
We have visited the Aquarium before, but really enjoyed going again. It was nice to wander a cool building and take time to see the many water creatures found at Ripley's.
There are so many sights I enjoy here. One is the seahorses. Sometimes it takes a moment to be able to pick them out among the rocks and plants. Much of the time we were there they were just holding on with their tails and seeming to float in one spot, but one did let go and slowly move to another rock. There is also a small snake/serpent looking creature in the same tank. I even managed to catch a picture of him. He is almost see-through. An attendant there said most people do not even notice the Dragonface Pipefish. He is in the second picture below.
Walking through the underwater tunnel with sharks and fish swimming all around you is fun! You can stand on the moving path which slowly brings you through the tunnel, or you can step off and walk at your own pace.
The Aquarium has a few tanks where you are allowed to stick your hands in and touch the animals, or have them touch you! There are horseshoe crabs and stingrays. The unique tank though, is in the Swarm display. There are little tiny fish that actually suck the dead skin cells off your hands when you stick them in the tank.
One of the last areas we visited was the Penguins. I really enjoy watching these little guys. A couple stood there as if posing for pictures.
Here are a few more pictures for your enjoyment!
I love watching the jellyfish! They look so beautiful as they move around.
The backdrop to one of the large aquariums makes a GREAT spot to take pictures!
So, be sure to visit the Ripley's Aquarium when you are in the area. We really enjoyed ourselves and it was a quiet place to relax from all the hustle and bustle outside. Ripley's also has several other attractions in the area, some of which we will be posting on soon. You can purchase your tickets right at the Aquarium and pick and choose which attractions you would like to visit.
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