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

18 Reviews
Joy Owen
1 Review
"family fun"
March, 2017
Wonderful time. Live show with jungle jim was awesome! Must go. You won't regret it.
Tip: great price and great live show with magic and animals

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Timothy Hamrick
Polkville, NC
2 Reviews
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"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
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"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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Bryant L.
Somerset, PA
4 Reviews
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"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
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"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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Stacy P
"Sad place to see animals"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2017 NEW
Although we had a fun trip, the animals were in poor condition. The zoo is understaffed. When we first walked in we could smell urine so strong that it was overwhelming. The cages were dirty and the out door pens are of concern.
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Terry M
Gastonia, North Carolina, United States
"Ok to visit but wouldn't want to live there."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2017 NEW
On arriving this place stinks smell wise. Yes it is a zoo but dirty straw at the front door. On entering there was a nice gift shop. Friendly employees. Cost not bad. Entering the inside zoo first thing I notice is filthy cages with old food and matted straw down. Needed a changing. The birds had rats running around inside their cage. Glass to the cages was dirty and not cleaned for a while.. Although most exhibits were in need of cleaning the public areas were spotless. Some of the animals did have fresh food inside but there was some old food rotting to. Outside animals were just in mud. Nasty stinking mud. The animals did appear to be healthy. Some of the monkeys needed something to play with. They looked board. This could be a really nice place for the animals if they had more help to keep it cleaner and spend a little money on straw.. Over all its a ok place but could be a top attraction with a little help.
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Heather S
"Sad zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2017 NEW
The staff was very friendly and helpful with any questions. It was so sad to see some of the animals in small enclosures. Some of the pens were dirty and had old food with flies and nats swarming it. There were also mice in some of the pens with the animals. Several of the animals were pawing at the doors of the enclosures and some of them were trying to get out at the tops.
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Springfield, Ohio
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 16, 2017 NEW
We went on spring break. The grandkids enjoyed all the animals.The show was amazing, and the petting zoo was fun for the whole family.
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Ann T
"Fun for all ages"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 16, 2017 NEW
Very fun place for adults and kids. All types of birds reptiles etc. even goats outside and you can feed them. There is s gift shop . To be honest I've been to that area a lot and never knew it was there it's kids hidden but worth the money if your looking for something to do for a hr or two.

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.