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Rainforest Adventures & Discovery Zoo in Sevierville, TN

109 NASCAR DriveSevierville, TN 37862  
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Overview

Located in the heart of the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the RainForest Zoo is open year round. Mixing fun with education, it features over 600 live animals, representing over 130 species! It’s perfect for any season and features both indoor and outdoor exhibits! Enjoy the petting zoo with the whole family & remember to bring your cameras!

Highlights

from Ashley, one of our Sevierville Travel Experts
  • Over 600 live animals.
  • Educational activities.
  • Petting zoo with goats, sheep and more.
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Good To Know

from Joan, our Sevierville Market Manager
  • Fun for the whole family.
  • .4 miles from the Parkway.
  • Open year round.
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Description

from RainForest Adventures
Lets do the Zoo!

Located in the heart of the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the RainForest Zoo is open year round. Mixing fun with education, the RainForest has been themed by one of the nation’s finest zoological contractors whose work includes Animal Kingdom at Disney World.

RainForest is perfect for any season or any weather. We feature both indoor and outdoor exhibits!

Featuring over 600 live animals, representing over 130 species, we are home to unique and beautiful creatures from the Rain Forests of the world including two species of monkeys from the jungles of South America.

A petting zoo that is chock full of goats, sheep and lots of other surprises awaits the whole family, remember to bring your cameras!
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A female Lemur and her babies at Rainforest Adventures in Sevierville, Tennessee
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Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

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Nicole L. Somerset, PA
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"loved our visit!"
Reviewed July, 2016 NEW
Our first visit to this zoo. Our family loved it. Has a great petting zoo and lots to see.
Tip: great petting zoo

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Kara Sircy
1 Review
"Horrendous conditions for all of the animals! Incredibly sad."
Reviewed July, 2016 NEW
This is a cash machine profiting from keeping wild animals in tiny glass cages indoors, with no natural sunlight or fresh air. The enclosures are far to small for any of the creatures, and they are all just lethargic; no place to adequately move around. It is truly upsetting to see this taking place. Save your money and don't support this type of cruelty. It is very heart wrenching.
Tip: Awful living conditions for animals, very short experience for the money, hard to see animals indoors in glass boxes with no sunlight and no fresh air.

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Georgia Hubbard Winchester, KY
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Ok"
Reviewed June, 2016
It had a very harsh smell that made it very hard to make through the building but other than that they have lots to look at and the animals seem very well kept.

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Betty Miller Augusta, GA
9 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Loved it!"
Reviewed June, 2016
We really enjoyed it. I loved watching my 2 granddaughter look around and they picked out a few things to take home with them and still talk about going back next year.

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Lisa Adkins
1 Review
"Sad"
Reviewed January, 2016
When I visited the RainForest in December 2015 it made my heart ache, and I still think about the animals. I thought the area was way to small for most of the animals. I especially felt sorry for the large snakes in their cage with no room to move. Most of the animals looked as if they had no live in them. I contacted PETA about the conditions the animals were living in. I hope someone cares enough to help them.

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Joan Parsons Parkersburg, WV
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Another Chance for a visit"
Reviewed October, 2015
I really wanted to see the Rain Forest, but luck would have it I didn't. I reserved tickets for Aug 29, but on Friday night, Aug 28 I had to be admitted to the hospital in Pigeon Forge and was there for the whole weekend and didn't get to go. My trip was just for the weekend of Aug 29 thru Aug 30 and didn't get to do anything. I said that's funny I had to come clear down to Pigeon Forge just to go to the hospital. Ha! Ha!. Left Monday morning without seeing anything I wanted to see. I am hoping for a refund of my tickets since I had an emergency and in the hospital the whole weekend. I would like to get back down and see it sometime here in the near future.

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Sheila Wilkerson Temple, GA
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Grandkids trip"
Reviewed October, 2015
we take our grandchildren every summer to Pigeon Forge and this is one of their favorite places, they really enjoy looking at the animals. The staff is supper nice and have let the kids hold some of the animals if we get there earlier in the mornings. great place will continue to visit them each year.
Tip: depending on how much you like to look at animals and read the information available plan on spending several hours to really enjoy the Rain Forest

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Jassica Legg Point Pleasant, WV
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Small, but great for younger children!"
Reviewed August, 2015
This is mostly indoors (great for hot days) and it is a smaller zoo, but it was perfect for my 2yo and 6yo who get bored easily! We enjoyed this zoo and the staff were really friendly!
Tip: Be prepared for the animal smell!

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Sandy Tucker Moro, AR
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Unique"
Reviewed July, 2015
The exhibits were quite small, however it was mostly indoor(which is great during the summer), a large school group showed up and it became very crowed I wish they had mentioned it before so we could have gotten there earlier, but they did offer to reschedule however it was our last day. Overall the adventure was pretty good, lots of species. My 5 year old son loved it.
Tip: Call a couple days in advance to be aware of field trips.

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Brian Henderson Elizabethton, TN
8 Reviews
"GO To The Zoo"
Reviewed July, 2015
This place is small and cramped. The amount of animals is very very small! It was not very expensive but wasnt worth a penny more. It cost more, but dollar for dollar go to the zoo!!!!
Tip: Not very fun, Zoo is the way to go

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Noah Stacy Smyrna, TN
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Not worth it at all."
Reviewed April, 2015
The place smelt so bad it was hard to breathe. The place was nasty.

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thomas chadwick albertville, AL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"family fun"
Reviewed March, 2015
Very fun for our little ones. They have a great petting zoo. If u go to the smokies with kids its a must go

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joanna s. hendersonville, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Overpriced"
Reviewed February, 2015
My husband and her two children went and let me tell you it was so overpriced you could have went to a very small local aquarium and had more fun.
Tip: Smells awful. No one was there. Bird exhibit is awful

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Kathryn L. Dallas, GA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Neglected"
Reviewed February, 2015
It wasn't much of an adventure. Upon entering the facility there was an overwhelming ammonia smell. I understand the animals are contained indoors, but this was much worse than expected. Then the employee pointed to a pathway and said go ahead it's self guided. There were many exotics but again it looked as though the funding may be depleting as far as maintenance of the facility. If you actually interacted with your patrons and had more of a guided experience, the attraction could bring additional needed revenues.

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Mark Angel cincinnati, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Rainforeset adventure"
Reviewed January, 2015
Great place, second time to visit and our daughters first trip to tennessee, well be visiting again someday
Tip: lots to see, great for kids

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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onlyonceinawhile

LA FOLLETTE

"Not the Rainforest I imagined"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 25, 2016 NEW

I was disappointed. I have been to a real rainforest and they do have many specimens of the animals and 4 legged creatures that one sees in Costa Rica and places like this. It just pained me to see the animals behind glass and out of their natural habitat.

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Joshua D

Martinsburg, West Virginia

"Pretty nice"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 25, 2016 NEW

They had a lot of interesting animals from the rainforests. Birds, monkeys, lemurs, and rambuncious monkies. We found a groupon that threw in feed bags and saved us ten bucks. Keep an eye out for those. This is worth it especially if you have little ones.

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kaylarenae91

Richlands, Virginia

"My son loved it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 25, 2016 NEW

I think it's worth going to for children i liked that the majority of it is indoors because it was very hot the day we went. Most of the enclosures were clean for the most part. It would be nice if they could add some more animals

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BJM72

Asheville

"Take a nose clip"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 25, 2016 NEW

Interesting animals, and they seem to be fed well. We had paid for a Groupon, otherwise we would have left as soon as we entered the gift shop. The smell of urine was bad as soon as you entered, but when you went into the exhibit, the smell was horrible! As someone else posted, you have to go through fast because the smell is almost unbearable. Will not visit there again, which is sad because this could be a nice zoo if they could get rid of the awful, unhealthy smell.

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tiamadia

Winder, Georgia

"3 and a half stars !"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 24, 2016 NEW

It's a good little zoo with a variety of small animals. My son loved it. We had Groupon tickets so worth the $20.00 for family of 4... I would of rated it higher but there is a strong funkyp smell :( Not sure its worth the full ticket price but everything is expensive in this area.

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Frequently Asked Questions about RainForest Adventures

How long does a tour of RainForest Adventures take?
The average family stays for about 2 hours.

Are cameras/audio/video allowed at the museum?
Cameras and video cameras are both allowed.

What are the different exhibits at RainForest Adventures?
There are approximately 100 exhibits that house a little over 150 species of animals from the worlds temperate and rain forests.

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