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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!

Highlights

from Ashley, one of our Sevierville Travel Experts
  • Over 600 live animals.
  • Educational activities.
  • Petting zoo with goats, sheep and more.
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Good To Know

from Joan, our Sevierville Market Manager
  • Fun for the whole family.
  • .4 miles from the Parkway.
  • Open year round.
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Description

from RainForest Adventures
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!
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A female Lemur and her babies at Rainforest Adventures in Sevierville, Tennessee
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Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

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Georgia Hubbard Winchester, KY
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Ok"
Reviewed June, 2016 NEW
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!"
Reviewed June, 2016 NEW
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"
Reviewed 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"
Reviewed 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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Sheila Wilkerson Temple, GA
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Grandkids trip"
Reviewed October, 2015
we take our grandchildren every summer to Pigeon Forge and this is one of their favorite places, they really enjoy looking at the animals. The staff is supper nice and have let the kids hold some of the animals if we get there earlier in the mornings. great place will continue to visit them each year.
Tip: depending on how much you like to look at animals and read the information available plan on spending several hours to really enjoy the Rain Forest

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Jassica Legg Point Pleasant, WV
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Small, but great for younger children!"
Reviewed August, 2015
This is mostly indoors (great for hot days) and it is a smaller zoo, but it was perfect for my 2yo and 6yo who get bored easily! We enjoyed this zoo and the staff were really friendly!
Tip: Be prepared for the animal smell!

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Sandy Tucker Moro, AR
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Unique"
Reviewed July, 2015
The exhibits were quite small, however it was mostly indoor(which is great during the summer), a large school group showed up and it became very crowed I wish they had mentioned it before so we could have gotten there earlier, but they did offer to reschedule however it was our last day. Overall the adventure was pretty good, lots of species. My 5 year old son loved it.
Tip: Call a couple days in advance to be aware of field trips.

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Brian Henderson Elizabethton, TN
8 Reviews
"GO To The Zoo"
Reviewed July, 2015
This place is small and cramped. The amount of animals is very very small! It was not very expensive but wasnt worth a penny more. It cost more, but dollar for dollar go to the zoo!!!!
Tip: Not very fun, Zoo is the way to go

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Noah Stacy Smyrna, TN
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Not worth it at all."
Reviewed April, 2015
The place smelt so bad it was hard to breathe. The place was nasty.

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thomas chadwick albertville, AL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"family fun"
Reviewed March, 2015
Very fun for our little ones. They have a great petting zoo. If u go to the smokies with kids its a must go

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joanna s. hendersonville, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Overpriced"
Reviewed February, 2015
My husband and her two children went and let me tell you it was so overpriced you could have went to a very small local aquarium and had more fun.
Tip: Smells awful. No one was there. Bird exhibit is awful

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Kathryn L. Dallas, GA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Neglected"
Reviewed February, 2015
It wasn't much of an adventure. Upon entering the facility there was an overwhelming ammonia smell. I understand the animals are contained indoors, but this was much worse than expected. Then the employee pointed to a pathway and said go ahead it's self guided. There were many exotics but again it looked as though the funding may be depleting as far as maintenance of the facility. If you actually interacted with your patrons and had more of a guided experience, the attraction could bring additional needed revenues.

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Mark Angel cincinnati, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Rainforeset adventure"
Reviewed January, 2015
Great place, second time to visit and our daughters first trip to tennessee, well be visiting again someday
Tip: lots to see, great for kids

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Hamptons903

Mattoon, Illinois

"Don't waste your money"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 26, 2016 NEW

We were so disappointed in this "zoo." It stinks to high heaven and you basically walk through a hallway with some lizards and monkeys behind glass. It was so dirty that there were dozens of mice sneaking in and out of the bird exhibits. Yuck. Total waste!!

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Stacy W

Saint Peters, Missouri

"Grandma took the kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 26, 2016 NEW

I purchased a Groupon for 4 admissions. My mom wanted to take my kids. I purchased the voucher and sent it to my mom's phone. I couldn't print it, we were on vacation. My mom had the barcode, the Groupon voucher number, my account information, etc. A very hateful employee refused to allow my mom and children in because my mom did not have the Groupon App loaded on her phone. I have used Groupon numerous times. I knew I gave them all the info needed to use the voucher. Thankfully another employee heard the situation and quickly used the barcode/numbers and allowed my family in with ease. BUT the entire time this employee was helping my mom, the other lady was saying, "The directions are very clear. She needs the app. She did not follow directions." I have no idea why she was so unwilling to help. The rest of the morning was great. My kids said there is a slight odor and they saw a few mice in the bird cage, but they enjoyed it and would go back.

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Diane M

Marietta, Georgia

"it was okay"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 26, 2016 NEW

It was fun to see some of the animals and read about their natural habitat. It was 94 outside so I like that almost all of it was indoors. The cons: It needed some update. Some of the glass was scratched or dirtily so l could not see inside. Also many of the smaller glass enclosures were either too high or low which means either my husband could see them or I could but not both. A big negative for little ones...

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Kristen S

Baltimore, Maryland

"Birds that are insane!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 26, 2016 NEW

They have a bunch of interesting animals, but they have a parrot that sings and swings upside down. The kids will love this. They also have an outside petting area with a few animals.

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Kyme2012

Flatwoods, Kentucky

"First visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 26, 2016 NEW

Great place! Enjoyed watching the animals - Especially anything in the monkey family. There's also a petting zoo section where you can hand feed some. We spent about 2 hours here. So glad we went. They also have. Nice gift shop. Easy in and out. Handicap accessible. Air conditioned. Places to sit along the way if ya need to.

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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.

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