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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Programs

Personal Penguin Experience – Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

See things you’ve never seen before and learn about the deepest depths of the ocean! Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies offers this and more to ocean lovers of all ages.

Experience our stingrays up close and personal while they explore their own curiosity about you in Touch-A-Ray Bay during our Splash With the Stingrays program. Don’t feel like getting in the water? Stay dry during our Behind the Scenes tour! You will see where and how much food we prepare for our animals as well as what it takes to keep them happy.

Get acquainted with our playful penguins! Book one of our Penguin Experiences where you can see firsthand the personalities of these animals. In our Penguin Experience, one of our staff will answer all of your questions, you will get a chance to touch a penguin and you'll leave with a memorable Ripley’s photo to commemorate this experience. In our Penguin Painting Experience you will get a chance to see one of our penguin artists at work. Each participant will get to take home a one-of-a-kind 8x10 canvas which they helped to create.

If one of these programs does not satisfy the marine biologist in you, take a chance snoozing under a shark, during our Sleep With the Sharks program for larger groups or our Family Night Out camp program for smaller groups. We also offer the chance to have a PJ Party With the Penguins! These fun-filled evenings include a dive show, scavenger hunt, late night activity, the chance to see how animals interact when it’s lights out and much more. Each of these programs are ideal for Birthday Celebrations as well. Let us help you make it a night to remember!

Calling all educators! If you are looking for an exciting, hands on way to engage your students, look no further! We offer discounted rates and classroom programs for all public and home school field trips. Participate in a squid dissection, look at microscopic organisms or turn a potato into a fish! No matter which program you choose, everyone will surely leave knowing a little something they may not have known before. Too far to drive with the students? Not a problem. Participate in one of our Vitrual Classroom programs to engage the student's right from your own school.

With 1.4 million gallons of water and thousands of unique animals you will leave Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies planning your next visit. We hope to see you soon!

Appropriate Ages

4 and up

Dates and Times

Dates and Times are based on availability.

How to Participate

For Splash With the Rays and Penguin Programs, contact Guest Services to make your reservation at 888-240-1358 ext. 2140. For All other Programs, Contact the Education Department at 888-240-1358 ext. 2142 or [email protected].