Dance with the Sharks Returns for Another Exciting New Year’s Eve Celebration

Cartoon shark saying hiAre you looking to try something new this New Year’s Eve? Instead of the same old family party, take your family to the 14th annual Dance with the Sharks at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg. The family-friendly New Year’s Eve party is perfect for any visitor to the Smoky Mountains. With no scheduled activities, families are free to roam around the aquarium, enjoy tasty foods and dance to great live music.

What is Dance with the Sharks in Gatlinburg?

Dance with the Sharks is an annual New Year’s Eve event held at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. The family-friendly New Year’s Eve party is a great way to experience the aquarium, eat some delicious food and celebrate the new year.

Are children allowed at the event?

Absolutely! Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg encourages anyone with children to attend the event in Gatlinburg. Along with the exciting New Year’s Eve party, families will be able to spend time throughout the aquarium, exploring the colorful sea creatures–a favorite for the kids.

How much do tickets to the Gatlinburg event cost?

  • $149.99 per couple
  • $79.99 per single
  • $25.99 for children ages 3-17

The cost of each ticket includes access to the event and the aquarium, heavy appetizers, a souvenir photograph and a champagne toast at midnight. At midnight, families will step outside to experience Gatlinburg’s largest New Year’s Eve fireworks show, including the ball drop from the Gatlinburg Space Needle. After the ball drop, you can celebrate the first hour of the new year dancing at the aquarium until 1 a.m.


What phone number can I contact to reserve my tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, or guests can call (888) 240-1358 to speak with one of the staff members at the aquarium. There are a limited number of tickets available, to ensure that all guests are comfortable throughout the evening, so make sure to book your tickets quickly.

What time does Dance with the Sharks begin?

The Gatlinburg aquarium closes at 9 p.m. Guests to the event can arrive as early as 9:01 p.m. and stay until 1 a.m.

Should I eat dinner before I come to the event?

Many families choose to eat a meal before attending the event, but there will be enough food available to each guest throughout the evening that you shouldn’t have to eat before attending! There will be heavy appetizers, including a carving station, stuffed mushrooms, fruits, cheeses and delicious desserts.

Who is the live band?

This year, The Andy Childs Band will be performing a variety of musical hits, including hits from the rock and roll era through today’s popular songs. The Andy Childs Band is currently appearing on ABC’s hit series, Nashville.

Where is the Gatlinburg aquarium located?

The Gatlinburg aquarium is located at traffic light #5 on the Parkway in Gatlinburg. The exact address to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

Where should I stay after the Gatlinburg event?

Stony Brook Cabins provides a beautiful selection of cabins, ranging from one-bedroom cabins to large group cabins. At Stony Brook Lodging, we can make sure your family experiences a home away from home while they’re in the Smokies. With everything from hot tubs to game rooms, your family is guaranteed a great stay in the Smokies. To book your stay, you can contact our vacation specialists at (800) 633-5652.



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