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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!

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from Ashley, one of our Sevierville Travel Experts
  • Over 600 live animals.
  • Educational activities.
  • Petting zoo with goats, sheep and more.
  • Fun for the whole family.
  • .4 miles from the Parkway.
  • Open year round.

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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!

Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

17 Reviews
Timothy Hamrick
Polkville, NC
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"It was cool to see the animals"
August, 2016
It was very cool to see the animals

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Joe P.
Huntsville, TN
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Good time all around"
August, 2016
There is a lot to see in this location. Despite some reviews when I visited the animals seemed to be in good spirits and well looked after.

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Nicole L.
Somerset, PA
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"loved our visit!"
July, 2016
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."
July, 2016
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"
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!"
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"
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"
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Amanda B
"Please do not give them your money!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed January 12, 2017 NEW
You know the Sarah McLachlan commercials that make you want to cry over the treatment of animals, well welcome to it live in person. This is an indoor "zoo" so that means no fresh air, no sunlight, and tiny, cramped, empty animal jails. And yes I say jails because it is literally a small box with a cheap fluorescent light and no kind of environment for them to interact with. The few animals that are lucky enough to be outside have nothing but rocks and mud. I have never been so furious in my life! Zoos are supposed to be for education and preservation, not making money! There is an animal show that we caught a few minutes of. As if it weren't bad enough the gentleman running the show was spouting off a joke about transgender people. Seriously?!? And to top it off when we were leaving, you enter and exit in the gift shop, water was leaking from the ceiling. I know this because it dropped in my eye. I stayed with the puddle while my husband went to tell the clerk. She said yeah we've got a leak. No offer of a tissue to dry my face, no wet floor sign, nothing. Keep on driving. Nothing to see here!!!
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RMusic2016
Abingdon, Virginia
"Awesome Attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 11, 2017 NEW
Great place to visit for all ages and a great location in the Pigeon Forge, TN area without having to drive off the beaten path.
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aldickens1123
Seymour, Tennessee
"Excellent"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 10, 2017 NEW
We love Rainforest Adventure. Its small but it feels big. The animals are little characters and you come out wanting to go back!
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MBH1979
Cedar Creek, Texas
"Great Little Place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2017 NEW
This is my second visit to this fun little place. Its really pretty inside, you can tell they have spent a lot of time and effort on the animals habitats, it looked very natural and real. The animals all looked healthy, happy, and well cared for. I loved the rat(!) exhibit, never seen anything like it at a big zoo! Very nice gift/souvenir store too! All in all a very pleasant way to spend an hour or two
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Victoria U
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
"Fun day out"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2017 NEW
Had a wonderful day out with my 6 and 8 year old at this precious little zoo. It's great because a lot of it is indoors so no wandering around in the cold.

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.