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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.
Robbins, 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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New Albany, Indiana
"Great little zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 22, 2016 NEW
Enjoyed our experience where you are up close to the animals and zookeepers are very welcoming. They have an area for feeding and petting some animals. For the more exotic animals you can watch while they feed the animals.
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Megan L
Louisville, Kentucky
"Not what we had hoped."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 21, 2016 NEW
Like other reviewers before me....I have to complain about the smell. When you walk in this place reeks of urine. I work in the animal health industry and there are lots of products out there that can be used to safely and effectively remove urine odors....none are obviously used here. I am not an animal rights activist but I do strongly believe in animal welfare. I have to agree with others that although they do have an impressive variety of species here....the animals seem to be kept in too small of enclosure's. My heart especially goes out to the monkeys who I have seen in the wild in costa rica before...so to see them in a small glass cage was saddening. I also agree with others who say that the outdoor animals- emu, miniature donkey and a herd of goats....don't have very adequate pasture space. There is no grass...and although goats can live on hay and grain....they are designed to eat tall stems of grass and weeds (I used to live next door to a HUGE Boer goat facility). If you want to see /pet goats in a more natural environment I recommend "goats on the roof" on wears valley road. This place could be much better than it is currently. Also- if you are coming here with the VIP sheet from Smokey Mountain rewards hotel program....they will take your entire sheet which contains other coupons that you wont be able to use. None of the other coupon locations did this which allowed us several experiences...only here did we encounter this.
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Powell, Tennessee
"Just right size"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2016 NEW
We stopped with 11 year old grandson and friend. Enjoyed the animals especially feeding the ones outside. Great educational opportunity wo tiring old folks out too much!
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Mitch W
Rock Hill, South Carolina
"Weekend trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2016 NEW
We bought a groupon for this activity. We would have paid full price. Good air conditioned indoor fun. Lots of animal species we haven't seen before! Staff is very friendly and will answer questions!a definite if you have kids. Great fun and a learning opportunity!
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Hot Springs, AR
"Neat family outing "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2016 NEW
We really enjoyed this place. It's not your typical zoo, but it does offer great, up close encounters and animals that most zoos do not have. The kids enjoyed the birds, especially one cockatoo that was very talkative, saying things like, "Take my picture," "I love you," and "I need a cracker." Also the zoo has a LOT of babies. It's great to see a facility that not only cares for and are responsible with the animals they take in, but also tries to increase the population and species awareness. The staff was very friendly and answered all of our questions. There is also a nice gift shop with several meat, unique items. Beware the goats though, they will eat all of the food and the bag offered at the entrance.

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.