Monday, January 19, 2015

gatlinburg | ripley's aquarium

i am a HUGE animal person, but i have never really been into fish. once you've seen one fish swim around, you kinda get the jist right? WRONG! i love penguins & sharks, so i knew the aquarium would be fun, but what i didn't know was that i would have the time of my life, which i completely did! if you are ever in Gatlinburg, you need to go to the Ripley's aquarium of the smokies! and if you buy tickets online they are cheaper than at the gate! 

there was a lot of interaction at the Ripley's aquarium & so much personality in the animals! we spent a few hours there while we were in Gatlinburg at Christmas & i could have stayed all day! we got to pet stingrays & horseshoe crabs, go through the shark lagoon, crawl through the penguins & pop up into the Finding Nemo tanks! there were some creepy animals, some funky ones, and some awesome ones! but words could never do it justice, so just enjoy all of these pictures! :)






what's your favorite aquatic animal?


18 comments:

  1. Okay, this was a crazy blast from the past, because I've been here! Back when I was 11 and my family went on vacation to the Smokies. I have very good memories of the place, but then I'm always a big fan of aquariums! Glad you guys had a fun time!

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  2. Haha, I love the penguin pop-up holes. I wonder how they react. Do they try to interact with you or do they just ignore it?

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  3. That looks awesome! We are taking a road trip this summer down that way...my daughter loves fish and penguins, so we might have to stop here :)
    Katie @ Sweet Little Ones

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  4. That looks like so much fun! I have wanted to visit Gatlinburg for a long time. We are likely moving closer to it in the next few years, and I am so excited to finally go there! :)

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  5. oh gosh! the penguin!!! <3
    going to an aquarium is on my 101 in 1001 list so i'm ultra jealous!!

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  6. These pictures are so fun! The shark ones are kind of scary :) I love the colorful fish. Jellyfish totally freak me out.

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  7. this aquarium was so much fun!!! who knew you could have so much fun with fish! ;) Jellyfish are pretty but i wouldn't want to be in the water with one!!

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  8. such a fun little mountain town! :)

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  9. super fun! this was our Christmas gift this year! :) haha

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  10. those penguins are so cute!!! :) i hope you get to go to an aquarium SOON!

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  11. oh neat!!! you should definitely stop in on your road trip!! :) penguins are my favorite - she will love the crawl through!!

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  12. they interact!!! or at least, they stare at you trying to figure out what you are & what you are doing! haha they are so cute!

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  13. oh neat!!!! how fun that you've been here! :) it was so much fun & i will definitely be back!!

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  14. they are so cute!!! they just stare at you when you pop up through the hole! haha

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  15. yes!!!! i got to touch a ray & you're right... so soft & smooth! i think the undersides of their face is so cute!!

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  16. ahh neat!!!! you definitely need to go to Gatlinburg! such a fun little mountain town!!!

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