By Darryl Payne
Posted on July 5, 2011
If you plan to visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee this summer, there’s one name you may want to keep an eye out for. It won’t be hard to find, because you’ll see it pop up almost everywhere you go in town. The name? Ripley. As in Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, one of the most popular aquariums in the country.
But if you haven’t spent much time in Gatlinburg before, you may be surprised to learn that the Ripley name is attached to many other local attractions as well, which cover a wide range of activities and offer something for everyone in the family.
Long before the aquarium, in fact, there was Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum. This “odditorium,” as they call it is a showcase of interesting, unusual and sometimes freakish people, events and accomplishments from around the world. In a similar vein, the Guinness World Records Museum is a walking tour that highlights record-breaking accomplishments that will astound and amaze.
Prepare to be shocked when you visit Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, a multimillion-dollar attraction featuring live actors, animatronic and spooky special effects. But if what you really need is more easy-going fun all ages, look for attractions like Davy Crocket Mini Golf, Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze and Ripley’s Moving Theater.
All of Ripley’s Gatlinburg attractions are located on the Parkway and are easily accessible by foot, car or trolley.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.