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Rainforest Adventures & Discovery Zoo in Sevierville, TN

109 NASCAR DriveSevierville, TN 37862
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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
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
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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Ashley C
"Neat setup, nice employees, filthy bathrooms"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2017 NEW
We experienced very kind and accommodating employees while there, especially those in the gift shop when you first enter. We thought the exhibits were thoughtfully done. We had a young child with us and had to use the restrooms a couple times with him - there are at least two different ones. Now, we can't figure out how they could get so dirty with the staff needing to use them and seeing the mess - we can only hope they have different ones somewhere else. The bathrooms we saw had mold on the stalls and walls... I won't go into detail about what else was in there and the common areas. We so hope they get a professional cleaning service to clean the bathrooms and exterminators for the facility and then have someone on staff solely in charge of cleaning.
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Heather T
"Fun place to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 14, 2017 NEW
This is a fun place to visit the animals are beautiful and the staff is first class. I would definitely recommend the place to anyone looking for something to do in Pigeon Forge.
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Carlos V
"Thank you"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2017 NEW
The Jonesville PTO wants to thank you for your generous donation to our organization. The response time was amazing and our school really appreciates what you gave us! We have families that already have visited your facility and it was word of mouth that we learn about you. They told us we needed to get tickets because it was such a great place that they stayed all day!
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Cedar Bluff, Virginia
"Hidden gem"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2017 NEW
This place was really cool and it seemed family owned which I really liked. Everyone was so kind as we made our way around and the animals out back were so much fun to interact with! My husband and I both love animals and it was neat seeing some we had never heard of before. I can't wait to bring my baby girl back here one day soon. Gift shop was also really nice and good prices. We bought our unborn daughter a stuffed animal to remember the trip!
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Jaime M
Greenville, South Carolina
"Really Enjoyed This Place. Awesome Collection of Animals!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2017 NEW
My wife and I recently visited this place while in the area and really enjoyed it. They had an awesome collection of animals from Lemurs to Porcupines and other interesting animals. Most of the attraction is indoors. There is also an outdoors area with chickens, goats, a llama, a donkey, emus and sheep. They also have a nice and very large gift shop. We really enjoyed the talking birds they have in the main exhibit hall. One cockatoo sang "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." I even sang the song to the bird, and it finished the song where I left off. Amazing. Will definitely come back here again.

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.