Time Well Spent At The Ripley’s Attractions In Gatlinburg, Tennessee

by Crystal Carder
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As you all know, we just got back from visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There were so many things to do there, that our little weekend trip could have turned into something a lot longer, had we had the time.

While we were there, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on tickets to the Ripley’s Aquarium and other 7 Attractions in Gatlinburg.Ripley's Attractions In Gatlinburg, TN

 In case you’re not familiar with Ripley’s Attractions in Gatlinburg, here is a long list of all 8 attractions:

  • Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
  • Guinness World Records
  • Old McDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf
  • Ripley’s 5-D Moving Theater
  • Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium
  • Davy Crocket Mini Golf
  • Ripley’s Mirror Maze
  • Ripley’s Haunted Adventure 

The day we visited Ripley’s Attractions, we decided to try them all in 1-day. Needless to say, we got to do all but 2 of the attractions; the Haunted Adventure and Old McDonald’s Farm Mini Golf.

Most of Ripley’s Attractions were kind of fast to go through, but there were a few that had so much to see and do that we stayed for hours. 

Since Ripley’s largest attraction is the Ripley’s Aquarium, I decided to do a complete post about it HERE and will just share a little bit about it on this post. 

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies TN

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies was the attraction we were most excited about and it was so worth it! If you don’t decide to do any of the other Ripley’s attractions, I highly suggest you check this one out! With over 10,000 animals, many attractions, and a new Pearl Harbor Exhibit, you won’t regret this visit, just check out my full blog post on it HERE.

Tips: When visiting Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, try to get there early because this place gets pretty busy. Also, note there isn’t any free parking for the aquarium, so you will have to park in one of the downtown lots, we paid $10 for all day parking. The aquarium also features a restaurant, just in case you plan on being there all day.

Ripley’s Mirror Maze

Mirror maze ripleys
Ripley’s Mirror Maze was probably the fastest attraction of all 8, but it was also one of my favorite. When you first enter the maze, it is dark, loud and everything literally looks the same. As soon as you start to think you found your way out, you run into another mirror! 

Mirror maze at ripleys

Tips: This attraction is very dark and there is a moving glass door, so be sure to keep track of little children because they can quickly get lost. This attraction is probably best if you get the opportunity to go in with no one too close; once one group finds their way out, it is kind of hard to stay stuck in the maze. The Mirror Maze attraction also serves as home to Ripley’s Candy Factory, so be prepared to get sucked into buying lots of yummy candy.

Ripley’s 5-D Moving Theater

Ripleys Moving Theater TN

The 5-D Moving Theater was my children’s favorite attraction. After a long day of exploring the other attractions, it was refreshing to get a seat for a while. While here, we got to watch 2-short films, while the seats moved, water sprayed, and things looked like they were coming at us. Tips:

Tips: To ride on a moving theater chair, you must be 43″ tall, if you’re not, you can still ride, but your chair will not move. Movies last about 15 minutes each and the chairs do not stop until each movie is over. 

Guinness World Records Guinness World

tn ripleys attractions

Guinness World Records was one that I thought sounded boring, but after going there, I couldn’t believe how much fun it really was. Launched into a world of games, families can quickly compete to beat actual Guinness World Records! Just take note, these records are almost impossible to be beaten.

Tips: This attraction hands out bracelets to each guest that must be scanned to start the exhibit. When registering these bracelets, be sure to use the same computer for your whole group because you can play as a team. Most of the exhibits are fun for the whole family, there were only a few that my kids couldn’t do. If you do break a Guinness World Record while there, it does not count because it does not use the same standards as Guinness World Records does.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odditorium

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium was just how the name sounds, ODD. Everything at this attraction was so out of the ordinary that we couldn’t believe some of the things we were looking at.

Tips:  This attraction does start off a little scary for little ones, but keep walking because the Odditorium also has a lot of fun activities. Make sure to use the bathrooms while you are there because they even go along with the Odditorium – just try not to walk in on anyone.

Davy Crockett Mini Golf 

Davy Crockett Mini-Golf

My 7-year old is obsessed with mini golf, so the Davy Crocket Mini-Golf course was one he pestered to do right away, but we saved it for last. With 36-holes and two courses, this course was so much fun. Since Old McDonald’s Farm Mini Golf course was down the road in Sevierville, we decided to do both courses here. Each course took us a little over an hour and at the end, we had a chance to win a free round of mini golf with a hole-in-one. Crazily enough, my 5-year-old got a free round, but we decided to pay it forward. 

Tips: Davy Crockett’s Mini Golf does offer free parking and is a little further down the road from all the other Ripley’s Attractions. There are two courses, which both had their own perks and were equally fun. 

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure 

Ripley's Haunted Adventure

I was kind of disappointed that we couldn’t do this Ripley’s attraction, but with 3 young kids; I felt it could be too scary. This attraction is right beside Ripley’s 5-D Moving Theater and looked very frightening. 

Old McDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf 

This attraction is located about 9 miles from Davy Crockett’s Mini-Golf in Sevierville, Tennessee near the outlets. We didn’t go to this attraction while we were there mainly because we didn’t want to drive back towards Pigeon Forge. This course sounds very similar to Davy Crockett’s Mini-Golf and has the same 36-holes and two courses, except it is Old McDonald Farm themed. 

While we were able to go to all Ripley’s Attractions in just 1 day, I wouldn’t recommend it because it is a lot. Ripley’s tickets are good for 1-year from the date of purchase so if you decide to save certain attractions for a later date, you can. 

Remember purchasing the Ripley’s Aquarium ticket as a combo ticket will actually save you more money than purchasing each admission separately.



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