While Gatlinburg is home to dozens of exciting activities, there is nothing quite as fun as the Ripley’s attractions! The best part is that these attractions are just minutes away from Park Place on the River and can be bundled into a convenient combo pass that includes them all! Here are 5 fun Ripley’s attractions in Gatlinburg that you need to experience during your vacation to the Smoky Mountains:
1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
One of the most popular Ripley’s attractions in Gatlinburg is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, a state-of-the-art aquarium featuring more than 10,000 exotic sea creatures in 10 themed galleries! A highlight is the Shark Lagoon, where you actually travel through an underwater tunnel while being surrounded by a green sea turtle, stingrays and very large sharks! You can also sign up for several unique experiences where you can take a glass bottom boat through the shark lagoon, touch a stingray or even meet one of the aquarium’s adorable penguins up close!
2. Ripley’s Odditorium
Step into the world of the weird and wacky at Ripley’s Odditorium, a 12,500 square foot museum filled with fascinating exhibits and artifacts! Altogether, there are 16 themed galleries to explore on 3 floors so allow plenty of time to explore the museum! Some of the items you will find include human and animal oddities, including authentic shrunken heads and cannibal skulls! As if that doesn’t sound weird enough, keep an eye out for the dragon made out of recycled scrap metal or the Last Supper artwork made out of lint!
3. Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf
Another one of the fun Ripley’s attractions in Gatlinburg is Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf, which actually features 2 challenging miniature golf course! These highly themed courses replicate the old days when a Tennessee hero named Davy Crockett once roamed “them thar hills”! As you compete among your family and friends, see if you have what it takes to get a hole-in-one on this unique course!
4. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
If you are feeling brave enough, step into the dark corridors at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure where it is Halloween all year long! This haunted house not only features a creepy atmosphere, but live actors lurking around every corner who are ready to offer some frightful fun! Just keep in mind that you must be at least 6 years old to enter the attraction as it might be too intense for young children.
5. Ripley’s Mirror Maze
Get lost inside a labyrinth of mirrors at Ripley’s Mirror Maze, where there is only one way out! As you navigate through the tricky maze, you will be wondering whether to go left or right as your come face to face with your own cute mug over and over! Ripley’s Mirror Maze also features LED lights throughout the attraction to add to the fun! Of course, you never have to truly worry about getting lost as the staff sends search parties into the maze every 30 minutes.
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