While we were there we visited Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokeys. One good thing that I would highly suggest is that you go ahead and buy combo tickets for all the Ripley's attractions in town. You don't have to use them all the same day and you really do save a lot of money. All of my children loved the aquarium. There is a shark tunnel, lots of different fish, penguins, and a hands on area.
One of the other Ripley's attractions is the Ripley's Odditurium. And if you have a Transformers fan in your house, you will want to stop by just to see Optimus Prime. I didn't take a whole lot of pictures in Ripley's Odditurium. I will be honest in saying that if you have ever been to a Odditurium somewhere else, stop in the lobby and see Optimus and go through (especially if you do the combo pack) but there isn't really anything different from this Odditurium and the one in Panama City, FL. The kids really liked it but John and I were kind of bored from the sameness of it.
So head to the mountains if the beach just isn't for you.