If you plan on visiting Gatlinburg, you have to stop by one of the many Ripley’s attractions! From date-nights to family outings, these unique places are perfect for any occasion. The best thing about them is that they are open all year round! To help you make the most of your trip, here is a complete guide to all things Ripley’s in Gatlinburg.
1. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
Experience the largest collection of the odd and unusual at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium. There are 3 stories filled with thousands of exhibits, and tons of interactives for people of all ages! You’ll be fascinated as you pass by authentic shrunken heads and cannibal skulls, mind-boggling visual illusions and more! There is no where else in the world where you can experience so many different oddities in one place!
2. Ripley’s Moving Theater
You’ll want to strap on your seatbelts for the REAL-D 5D experience at Ripley’s Moving Theater. This state-of-the-art theater features digital effects and motion seats that will make you feel like you’ve fallen right into the movie! It’s fun for the whole family, just hold on tight, and enjoy the ride!
3. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
Take haunted houses to the next level at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure! Live actors are lurking around every corner in this creepy mansion, just waiting to pop out at you! Children must be at least 6 years old to enter.
4. Ripley’s Mirror Maze
You’ll come face to face with your own reflection over and over as you try to make your way out of Ripley’s Mirror Maze! You have a blast in this labyrinth of mirrors and LED lights, and if you get lost in all the fun, don’t worry! They’ll send out search parties every half hour to guide you back.
5. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Get up close and personal with the adorable sea creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! You can pet the playful penguins in Penguin Encounter, or touch the stingrays as they glide by in Touch a Ray Bay. The African Penguins can even paint you a colorful masterpiece for you to remember them by! There are also behind the scenes tours available, where a staff member will show you what it takes to keep all the animals happy and healthy.
6. Ripley’s Mini Golf
Ripley’s offers two fun-filled mini-golf courses for you to choose from! The first one is Davy Crockett’s Mini-Golf, which replicates the “old days” when Davy Crockett roamed the hills. This golf course offers 36 holes of family fun with the Great Smoky Mountains as the backdrop. The second course is Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf, with 54 holes of “down on the farm” family fun. It has animated barnyard characters, water features, and more!
While you aren’t out and about exploring all of these fantastic attractions, we’ll be sure to take great care of you! Start planning your next trip to the Smokies today and check out our rooms and suites in Gatlinburg. We look forward to seeing you at Black Bear Inn and Suites!