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!

Good To Know

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.

Description

from RainForest Adventures
RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo is open year round (except for Christmas), and is located in the heart of the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee near both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Mixing fun with education, the RainForest zoo has been themed by one of the nation’s finest zoological contractors whose work includes Animal Kingdom at Disney World.

RainForest Adventures features both indoor and outdoor exhibits and is perfect for any season or any weather. The zoo nurtures 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 await the whole family. Remember to bring your cameras!

Tripster Customer Reviews

46 Reviews
Lindsay Jackson
Raleigh, NC
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Cute Animals"
November 2019
They had some really cool animals there. It had a strong urine & feces smell in the entire place. The habitats where small for most animals. Kids enjoyed the monkeys and feeding the goats.
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Tip: Loud birds inside, in case you have small children with sensitive ears or special needs.

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Kathy C.
Midlothian, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Not impressed"
September 2019
I chose this place due to website and what it had to say. The website shows a lot of animals and things the location did not have. Website stated over 600 different animals with over 130 different species. I took a picture of each different thing except tarantulas and it totaled only 67 different things. Website also stated it takes about 4 hours to go through entire zoo. It took us 1.5 hours and some we looked at twice. Very false advertising! Not worth the money at all. I had 4 kids with me and they weren't impressed either. I wish I could get my money back.
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Tip: Website is false advertising.

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Sheranne Bailey
Somerville , AL
3 Reviews
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"Family vacation"
August 2019
Its was so nice seeing all the different animals my three year old loved it she was so excited.
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Tip: If you feed the goats be careful they will take the bag of food right out of your hand

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Tripster Customer
Biloxi, MS
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great bonding"
June 2019
Employees are great and helpful. Animals in great condition on their cage.My boys really had a n awesome time , they feed the goats.
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Katie Colbert
Elberta, AL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good value"
April 2019
Lots of reptiles and primates. Well kept, but minimal staff. The set-up allows up-close viewing and intrraction with the animals. Great place for kids.
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Tip: They close promptly at 5pm!

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Kimberly Hild
Huber heights, OH
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Entertaining"
April 2019
We didn’t spend much time here, I had my twin 7 year olds, and they lost interest several times and had to be redirected. However- my kids have always been that way at zoos. They loved the petting area. My mom and I really enjoyed the zoo. The animals were different than what you would see at a large zoo, and it was nice to not have excessive walking. I would recommend this if you’re in the area and looking for a filler, for a good price!
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Tip: Warm inside- leave coats in the car-

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Tripster Customer
Cedar Rapids, IA
2 Reviews
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"Don't need to return"
March 2019
It was a quick visit for us. The place was interesting but we don't need to return.
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Tip: We did purchase a couple souvenirs.

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jessica soliman
Johnson City, TN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Peaches"
January 2019
First time visiting with my kids. They had a blast.
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Tip: Have fun !!!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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CKeen
CEDAR BLUFF
"This place is very dirty and the front desk staff is very rude!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 23, 2019 NEW
My husband, daughter and I visited today. We were the only customers at the front desk to purchase tickets and were greeted very rudely. We had purchased 2 tickets on Groupon and needed to purchase another ticket. We had a few questions prior to purchasing, but she was extremely rude and didn’t want to answer questions and rolled her eyes at us several times. I asked her name, but she refused to give it to me and said “if you need to talk to the manager then I’m it” and laughed really loud. There were 2 people at the front desk, one older lady with dark hair and the ‘manager’ was young with long blond hair. My daughter really wanted to see the animals so, against my better judgement, we continued with our visit and listened to her talk and laugh about us as we walked away. We made it through the exhibits for about 10 minutes and had to leave. The smell is terrible from all the extremely dirty animal encloses. The smell made us very nauseated. So many other things to do in the area. Don’t waste your money here!!
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Jimmy n Sharon N
Dalton, Georgia
"We had a 'grand' time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2019 NEW
I took my granddaughters there for a couple of hours and we were very impressed with so many critters and animals! The staff was super friendly and the animals looked like they were very well cared for! We got our tickets from Groupon and it included food for the animals and they were so funny feeding them! Great memories! They loved the bird that said 'I love you' more than anything! Well, besided the iguana/lizard looking critter one of them wants for Christmas!
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Paula M
Peru, Indiana
"Adventure in the Rainforest"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2019
We experienced The Rainforest through a groupon coupon. It was very affordable for the family. It was a great time for all our family. It was not crowded so we did not feel rushed. We were able to spend time observing and reading about the nice collection of animals. The staff was very friendly and provided information about the animals as they were feeding and taking care of the animals.The petting zoo was fun for the young. We will plan to visit again on our Smokie’s trip.
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Brittany D
Clayton, North Carolina
"Perfect family detour with the kiddos"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 04, 2019
We're doing a family vacation with very young kids. It can be difficult to find activities that make them feel involved. This place was perfect! The staff are very friendly, the animals look well cared for and most of them are quite lively, especially the monkeys. The outdoor exhibit with the goats and emu was wonderful chance for some upclose and personal fun. Our kiddos enjoyed the monkeys most, but all animals there are great.
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Kristy B
"Nice variety of animals"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2019
This is worth stopping to. Animals seemed well taken care of and content. Staff was friendly and there was a coupon in the local tourist book.
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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.