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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
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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
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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Dianna C
Nicholasville, Kentucky
"Cool place"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2016 NEW
This was a last minute stop before we headed home. The petting zoo was the best part. The Donkey and Llama made friends with my husband and one of the goats has learned to eat from the machine that you buy feed from. That was funny! It ate a corner of the bag my daughter was using to put more of the feed in. She just put more money in the mahcine and it ate from the machine through the fence. It was hilarious!
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"Small but very nice zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2016 NEW
Enjoyed our visit here. Lots of animals to see and even a few to feed. We spent more than an hour there wandering from cage to cage. Some of the cages seemed a little small but it also appeared as though some would have more room 'after hours'. They have benches in some areas that you could sit and enjoy watching the animals. The bathrooms could use some updating but everything was functional.
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David K
"Interested fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2016 NEW
Wonderful day yesterday at the zoo, we had a great time, yes it was short about 1/2 to 1 hour depending on if something catches your eye, we loved the tiny face monkeys, but the parrots love to steal the show, not to mention the cat in the back couldn't stop pacing I think he just wanted to play
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Lynn R
Shelby Township, Michigan, United States
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 07, 2016 NEW
we had a lot of fun in here really enjoyed all of the exhibits and being able to feed the animals that were outside everyone was very nice and very helpful to considering our group a little on the warm side when we were inside, the bathroom could use some work but very enjoyable, would diffently return here.
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Cincinnati, Ohio
"Just OK"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 04, 2016 NEW
I most enjoyed the extra large turtle roaming the place. Some of the cages were a little small, and that always makes me sad. It is an ok visit if you need to see some animals while you are in the smokies.

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.