Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

November 16, 2010

When we were in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, last month having a grand time with the grandkid and kids, we spent one morning at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.  It’s one of my favorite places to visit when we go to that area.

One of the first things you see when you walk in is the kids area on the lower level.  It’s a pretty neat place!

picture of kids area at Ripleys aquarium

Kids Area at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

There were some places Ellie could get up close and check out the fish.

photo of child looking at fish

Ellie enjoyed checking out the fish

Sometimes she needed a little more help from Dad to be able to get a close look.

photo of child looking at fish

Ellie gets a little help from her dad.

Sometimes the fish looked back at her.

picture of big fish

Looking at you looking at me.

Other times the fish seemed to be looking at themselves.

picture of cuttfish

Reflections of a Cuttlefish

And sometimes things got a little crabby. . .

photo of child looking at horseshoe crabs

"Are you sure it's safe to put my hands in there?"

And remember the first picture showing the kids area?  Here’s Ellie inside one of the aquariums enjoying a close encounter of the finny kind.

photo of child inside aquarium

The Little Mermaid?

We all got to travel through a sort of tunnel to look at fish all around us. There were lots of these sawfish.

picture of sawfish

Getting pictures and reflections.

Some of the fish were HUGE!

picture of big fish, a goliath grouper

Goliath Grouper

photo of Great Barracuda

Great Barracuda

The jellyfish were kind of interesting to watch.

picture of jellyfish

Jellyfish

And some fish are just strangely beautiful, though deadly.

picture of lionfish

Lionfish

Other creatures were just beautifully colorful.

picture of Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp

Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp

And others were just strange. . .

picture of Weedy Scorpionfish

Weedy Scorpionfish

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picture of cuttlefish

Cuttlefish

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photo of spotted garden eel

Spotted Garden EEL

There were just so many fish and critters there I can’t post pictures of them all!  Poison dart frogs, mudskippers, four-eyed fish, reef fish, anenomes, piranha, catfish, leafy seahorse, octopus, Alaskan crabs, and all kinds of sharks and rays.  Oh yes!  And they have a new penguin exhibit also.

And a whole lot more I can’t remember right now. It was a great way to spend some time and neat to see all the different creatures!

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