For the safety of our employees and guests, all of our Attractions will remain closed until the evacuation has lifted. We have a team of Marine Biologists and Life Support Experts inside the Aquarium and are happy to report that the animals are safe.
For a full statement, please click here.I posted this in 2014--a hike I took with my kids to the top of the Chimneys. It had meaning for me. The Smoky Mtns have been a backdrop to my life. I've been here so many times.
and tonight it looks like this:
I am heartsick. We've had almost no rain for a month. The air's bad. Wind kicked up today. Gatlinburg's burning, and Ripley's Aquarium was surrounded by fire hours ago. Over 10,000 animals there, my God. I'm fixated on it, and horrified.
And my daughter's girlfriend may have lost her home there tonight, though thankfully, oh so thankfully, her family and her animals are safe.
Tonight it finally began to rain, but not enough.