The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! empire began with a simple sports cartoon in 1918. Robert Ripley traveled the world, collecting “oddities,” and through his career published cartoons and books, broadcasted in radio and created movie shorts. The first Odditorium opened in Chicago in 1933, and its success led to more locations around the country. Through the years, Ripley’s has expanded into a number of attractions, and the Smokies is proud to boast eight of them. That’s more Ripley’s attractions than anywhere else in the world! 

Visiting a Ripley’s attraction is a great way for your family to spend a Smokies vacation – and combo passes make it easy to see multiples of them. Let’s break down which Ripley’s attractions are in the Smokies:

TheSmokies.com Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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1. Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies was voted Best Aquarium in North America by Readers’ Choice 2019 in USA Today, and for good reason. This aquarium easily has enough to keep adults and children entertained for an entire day. It’s centrally located, it’s educational, and its features — like the underwater tunnel — offers guests a unique way to get to know some fishy friends. It’s centrally located with easy access to nearby restaurants — and there are also convenient meal options inside.

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Price: $32.99/Adult; $17.99/Child (6-11); $7.99/Child (2-5)

Hours: Open 365 days; Hours can vary by season

Location: 88 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Avg. Google Review: 4.6 stars

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Special Offer: Save up to $35 with the Ripley’s Gatlinburg Aquarium + 4 attraction combo!

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2. Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf

Davy Crockett is one of the best mini golf courses in the area. The holes are challenging for both kids and adults — and you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountains as you golf. Two unique courses are available and clearly, no mini golf course is complete without water features and interactive critters.

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Price: $14.99/Adult; $9.99/Child (3-11) (36 holes) 

Hours: Open 365 days; Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (weather permitting)

Location: 188 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Avg. Google Review: 4.5 stars

Ripley's Mini Golf

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3. Ripley’s Old Mac Mini Golf 

Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini Golf has 3 unique courses (54 holes) with animated characters, water features and an arcade fun zone. It’s very family friendly and has potential for hours of entertainment. 

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Price: $14.99/Adult; $9.99/Child (3-11) (36 holes)

Hours: Open 365 days; Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (weather permitting)

Location: 1639 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862

Avg. Google Review: 4.5 stars

 

4. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium

The Odditorium boasts the title of being the weirdest place in Gatlinburg. This attraction hosts 16 themed galleries with 500 artifacts and exhibits. If you love obscure, fun facts, you’ll love this Odditorium. Did you know that the Asmat people used the skulls of their enemies as pillows? Or that someone created a Last Supper piece of art made of lint? They also have a couple of Harry Potter-inspired pieces for my fellow wizards and witches out there.

“Truth is stranger than fiction.” – Robert Ripley

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Price: $24.99/Adult; $14.99/Child (6-11); $4.99/Child (2-5)

Hours: Open 365 days; Sun.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

Location: 800 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Avg. Google Review: 4.3 stars

 

5. Guinness World Records Adventure

This attraction hosts exhibits, memorabilia and displays from broken records around the world. There are several interactive games and challenges within the attraction — and you can even try to break a world record yourself in the Largest Interactive Challenge Gallery. According to their brochure, a world record has been broken at this location more than 20 times.

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Price: $16.99/Adult; $12.99/Child (3-11)

Hours: Open 365 days; Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 10 a.m.- 11 p.m.

Location: 631 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Avg. Google Review: 4.1 stars

 

6. Ripley’s Moving Theater

The theater features two short films — Winter Wipeout and Road Rage. Guests experience the films in 5D with digital effects and motion seats. The attraction does not take long to experience, so it makes for a good add-on activity. It’s generally a great experience for kids but can feel jerky for some adults. Pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions should not ride.

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Price: $12.99/Adult; $7.99/Child (43’’-age 11) (Stationary seats available)

Hours: Open 365 days; Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 10 a.m.- 11 p.m.

Location: 904 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Avg. Google Review: 3.8 stars

 

7. Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze

This is another “brief” attraction that won’t take you long to get through, but it certainly is intriguing and makes for a fun add-on to a combo pass. The Mirror Maze has thousands of reflections, lights and effects with only one way out. There are plenty of good photo opportunities to be had here. This site is also host to Ripley’s Candy Factory, which features plenty of old-time classics as well as modern treats.  

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Price: $8.99/Adult; $7.99/Child (3-11); $1 to add 3D Hologlasses  

Hours: Open 365 days; Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Location: 623 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Avg. Google Review: 3.7 stars

 

 8. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is Tennessee’s only Haunted House that is open 365 days a year. It features animatronics, special effects and live actors. This attraction takes a short amount of time to get through as well, with most guests reporting about 15-30 minutes.  And — it can be a bit scary for younger guests — or non-haunted house enthusiasts. (Can’t say we didn’t warn you!) Guests must be at least six years old to enter. 

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Price: $12.99/Adult; $7.99/Child (6-11)

Hours: Open 365 days; Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Location: 908 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Avg. Google Review: 3.6 stars

Ripley's Aquarium

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Combos and discount

TheSmokies.com is an affiliate of Ripley’s Believe it or Not attractions and proud to offer several exclusive deals and promotions to help you save a bit of money at Ripley’s themed attractions.

If you’re spending a day at the Aquarium, use this link to save $2 on Ripley’s Aquarium tickets.

If you’re going to be in the Smokies for awhile, consider a Ripley’s Ultimate Fun Pass. For just $129.99/adult and $64.99/child, you gain unlimited access to all of the Ripley’s attractions for 12 whole months from the date of purchase. (That’s unlimited mini golf, people!) You also receive 15% off merchandise and food, as well as additional coupons for other attractions.

If unlimited isn’t your thing, but you still want to try more than one of these attractions, regular combo passes still save anywhere from $30-72 per adult depending on how many attractions are purchased. (Links below)

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