“DINOSAURS!" in Gatlinburg

“DINOSAURS!" has opened at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Jurassic Park actress helps open Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies new exhibit “DINOSAURS!"

Ariana Richards, child leading actress who played Lex Murphy in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster film Jurassic Park, and Commissioner Susan Whitaker of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development spoke today at the opening luncheon of the new “DINOSAURS!” exhibit.

"To come and experience them and learn more about such a fascinating creature that Jurassic park really has brought to life in so many ways for a lot of people," said Richards.

The exhibit features life sized moving dinosaurs that visitors can interact with and learn more about the ancient creatures. “DINOSAURS!” entertains and educates visitors about the era when these amazing animals walked the earth.

“We create a new exhibit each year to make our aquarium one of the most unique in the U.S. Since the opening in December 2000, we’ve had seven changeable exhibits, 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.

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