Ripley’s Aquarium Of The Smokies Adds 2013 Dinosaur Exhibit

Monday, April 1, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies opened the new exhibit “DINOSAURS!” which features fully-animatronic dinosaurs, scavenger hunts and more.

“We create a new exhibit each year to make our aquarium one of the most unique in the U.S. and this year we have added ‘DINOSAURS!’ which provides our guests an opportunity to see and be mesmerized by some of the largest, most incredible animals to ever inhabit the earth for 120 million years,” said Ryan DeSear, general manager of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

“DINOSAURS!” entertains and educates visitors about the era when these animals walked the earth. It is the ultimate adventure in exploration, presenting a volcano, interactivities and hands-on activities. Visitors can experience being a paleontologist and utilize iPad stations with dinosaur facts, puzzles and games.

The exhibit will expand into other areas at the aquarium as well. Children can dress up in dinosaur and aquatic animal costumes in the Discovery Center. Special programs are being offered throughout the year including Dino Days, Dino Birthdays, DinoNight sleepovers, camp, fun educational activities and classroom and public programs.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the second most visited attraction in Tennessee, was voted the “No. 1 Aquarium in America” by TripAdvisor and Forbes Traveler named it one of “America’s Best Aquariums.” Thousands of 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.

For more information, visit www.ripleysaquariumofthesmokies.com.

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