Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Celebrates 15 Millionth Visitor with New Ripley’s Live Mermaids Show

Gatlinburg, Tenn. (August 7, 2012) – Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies honored its 15 Millionth Visitor on Tuesday, August 7 at a special luncheon in the Jules Verne Room at the aquarium.  The aquarium staff along with many VIP’s including Commissioner Susan Whitaker of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development welcomed the 15 millionth guest, Craig Best and family from Lascassas, Tennessee, with many gifts and a special show by the new Ripley’s Live Mermaids.

To honor the 15 millionth visitor, Craig and Jennifer Best with children received 3 days/2 nights Gatlinburg Getaway, 15-Year Ultimate Passes for unlimited visits to all 8 Ripley Tennessee Attractions, Splash with the Stingrays, Penguin Encounter and Gift Bag from the Cargo Hold.

“This is a great celebration. We opened our doors in December of 2000 and hit the 15 millionth mark in only 12 years. It is truly a testament to

The Best Family, Connor, Kaleigh, Craig and Jennifer, with Aquarium GM Ryan DeSear and Sharkette on the left, and Sharkey and Commissioner Susan Whitaker, on the right.

our success and to our popularity. We keep adding new exhibits each year to make our aquarium the most unique in the U.S.  In 2010, we added the new $5 million dollar Penguin Playhouse exhibit and this year we added the new Perfect Predator Sharks exhibit and our new Live Mermaids,” said Ryan DeSear, general manager of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

The Ripley’s Live Mermaids perform family-friendly and interactive shows daily. The myths, legends and folklore of mermaids vary throughout the world. Through history, there have been many stories of sea travelers seeing mermaids. Mermaids have been known to save the lives of sailors after shipwrecks and protect all that live in the ocean.  The mermaids perform daily at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm.     

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the second most visited attraction in Tennessee, was voted the Number One Aquarium in America by TripAdvisor and Forbes Traveler named it one of the America’s Best Aquariums. More than 100,000 exotic sea creatures live in its 1.4 million gallons of water. The aquarium is known for its amazing shark exhibit that features 11-foot sharks and one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is part of the Ripley Entertainment family of worldwide entertainment facilities. More than 13 million people visit Ripley’s 60-plus attractions in 11 countries each year.  Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is now under construction in Toronto and it is set to open July 2013.  Ripley Entertainment Inc. is a division of the Jim Pattison Group, the third largest privately held company in Canada.

The aquarium is located at traffic light #5 on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and is open 365 days a year.

For information: call 888-240-1358 or see us on the web at  


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