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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!

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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 sorted by:
Timothy Hamrick
Polkville, NC
2 Reviews
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"It was cool to see the animals"
August, 2016 NEW
It was very cool to see the animals

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Joe P.
Robbins, TN
3 Reviews
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"Good time all around"
August, 2016 NEW
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
"Ok"
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
"Sad"
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
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"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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Sheila Wilkerson
Temple, GA
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Grandkids trip"
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!"
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"
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"
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
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"Not worth it at all."
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
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"family fun"
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"
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
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"Neglected"
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"
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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queenivey
"Fun "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 25, 2016 NEW
I loved going and seeing the animals it was fun and the petting zoo part of it was the best . I can't wait to go back again , the only down fall was the urine small when you walk in
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happytraveler52787
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
"Inexpensive but not well maintained"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2016 NEW
The urine smell was overpowering and animals needed bigger habitats. Staff was polite and prices were very reasonable!
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TandT1292016
"Cute place and very interactive "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2016 NEW
This is such a cute place to take kids but the adults had just as much fun. Just watch your purse around the llamas, they mistake it for the food bags.
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crystalm37
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
"Never gets old"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW
If you love animals like monkeys, goats and birds then this place will never get old. The goats outside are fun to pet and watch. The lama is a little crazy. It is always fun to watch the monkeys and talk to the birds. I had one mocking my laugh and we just kept going back and forth. It was so funny!
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Judy S
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
"good show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW
This is a good way to spend an hour or more . once in and you get use to the smell of the animals , lots of animals and reptiles to see. we missed the bird show not on the day we were there, but a place for the kids to feed the animals and birds in an outside area... The indoor show was a lot of fun.. Very entertaining... This is a little hidden jewel .. be sure to stop by when you are in the area.

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.