So you’re all set for a wonderful stay at the Edgewater Hotel, and now you’re looking for something to do once you arrive. Well, we’re hoping you noticed one of the nicest, most family-friendly attractions before or after you arrived at our hotel: ​Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies​. Here are 5 reasons this aquarium in Gatlinburg is a fantastic option!

1. The Kids Will Love It

kids-exploring-aquariumSmall children and older children won’t be left out of the enjoyment of the various activities here. Kids love things to do that won’t leave them bored, and there are eye-opening sea creatures that they’ve probably never seen with their own eyes before. Also, they won’t just have their eyes to view these sea dwellers; they’ll also be able to use their hands on a few exhibits and get up close and personal. An aquarium in Gatlinburg doesn’t seem so out of place when you factor in these elements.

2. Discounts and Combo Packages

It’s always worthwhile to examine what deals are offered at places you’re visiting on vacation, and this aquarium in Gatlinburg is no different. The aquarium even offers combo packages that allow you to visit the aquarium and other fun Ripley’s attractions. You’ll save more by doing more! Our hotel also offers a great ​value package​ that combines the price of your reservation with aquarium tickets, saving you money and the convenience of booking through us.

3. Exciting Interactive Experiences

There’s nothing more exhilarating than getting a chance at a one-on-one encounter with a sea creature like the stingray. At an additional cost, you can visit the ​Touch a Ray Bay where you can actually get in the water with them. If you don’t want to pay more, no problem! ​Stingray Bay​ is a shallow area where you can lean over without getting in and touch the rays as they glide through the water.

penguin-swimming-underwater4. Penguins!

Who doesn’t love penguins? What makes Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies a wonderful aquarium in Gatlinburg are the penguins displayed here. You will find it well worth it to fork over a little extra for the ​Penguin Encounter​. You can interact with these adorable animals and get your photo taken as a cherished memory of your visit.

5. Ride the Glass Bottom Boat

A popular addition to the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies experience is the ​Ripley’s Glass Bottom Boat Adventure​. For just an extra $9.99, you can ride on a boat in the Shark Lagoon, look through the bottom of the boat and get the feeling of being on a Caribbean reef surrounded by thousands of various sea creatures. It’s an exciting and educational experience, and this aquarium in Gatlinburg has it!

Are you ready for a visit to an aquarium in Gatlinburg that’s been voted one of the best in the country? It’s right next to our hotel, so hurry and ​make your reservation with us​ and get ready for an indoor ocean adventure at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies!