Ripley's Old McDonalds Farm mini golf
August 31, 2023

Ripley’s is one of the most famous names in the Smokies, as you’ll find lots of exciting local attractions owned by the legendary entertainment company! This is your chance to experience some of the most unique miniature golf courses around, as well as a fabulous aquarium, a thrilling haunted house, and much more! Here are the top 5 Ripley’s attractions in the Smoky Mountains that you need to experience:

1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

ripley's aquarium of the smokies

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is a state-of-the-art aquarium in Gatlinburg TN that features more than 10,000 incredible sea creatures among 10 themed galleries! You’ll have the opportunity to travel through a tunnel into the shark lagoon, get up close with stingrays, and see the exotic fish of the coral reef! You won’t want to miss the Penguin Playhouse, one of the world’s best penguin exhibits, where these amazing birds can be viewed from both above and below the water!

2. Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf

If you are a fan of challenging miniature golf courses, you’ll find Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf just across the Parkway from our Sevierville hotel! There are actually three 18-hole courses at this awesome mini-golf destination, so choose one or play them all! Regardless of your choice, you’ll find the courses filled with fun interactive elements, water features, and all of your favorite barnyard characters!

3. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

ripley's haunted adventure

Another one of the top Ripley’s attractions in the Smoky Mountains that you need to experience is Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, where it is Halloween all year long! This thrilling haunted house attraction in downtown Gatlinburg offers a spooktacular adventure where you’ll explore a creepy house with surprises around every bend! See if you have what it takes to make it through to the exit without screaming!

4. Ripley’s Mountain Coaster

Ripley’s Mountain Coaster in Gatlinburg TN is the perfect destination for those seeking an adrenaline rush as you get to pilot your own gravity-propelled cart down the mountain! After stepping into the coaster cart, which you can ride solo or with a partner, you’ll slowly go up the hill and have a chance to enjoy the surrounding views. However, once at the top, it’s full speed ahead as you use a brake mechanism to control the speed of your ride back to the bottom! Ride during the daytime to experience the gorgeous scenery, then come back at night to ride in the darkness!

5. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

ripley's believe it or not

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is likely the most iconic Ripley’s attraction, with multiple locations throughout the United States! The Gatlinburg location offers everything that has made these museums famous, including incredible art, pop-culture memorabilia, interactive games, and stories of people and places that are incredibly hard to believe! The exhibits include everything from authentic shrunken heads to animal oddities, so prepare for the unbelievable to come alive right before your eyes!

Check out all of the rooms at our hotel in Sevierville TN today to stay close to these exciting Ripley’s attractions in the Smoky Mountains! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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