You absolutely need to visit this place. Don't go to Gatlinburg and NOT go here. The Aquarium is large and they have an awesome variety and number of sea life . There is a petting pool for the kids to touch crabs, and lots of interactive things for the youngsters. There is also large pool that has small sharks and Rays, where you can bend down and actually touch them. They also have a super nice glass tunnel where you can go through this and see the large sharks and sea turtles overhead. They also offer classes for Homeschoolers !!