Some of the most fascinating and beautiful animals in the world are located at this world-class facility that features ... More
Some of the most fascinating and beautiful animals in the world are located at this world-class facility that features hundreds of species of snakes, frogs, lizards, and tropical birds. Regularly scheduled shows that offer visitors a hands-on experience are available.
I really enjoyed the number of animals there, the information provided, and the animals all looked in good condition when we were there. There were six baby goats running around the enclosure outside and they were just precious. We saw a lot of animals and the daily show as hilarious and very imformative. If you go, you have to go when they are having a show. The performer is hilarious and you get the chance to hold or touch snakes, spiders, and all kinds of animals. Lots of fun. The thing I disliked the most was the smell, but it is an animal zoo. It is not going to smell like fresh baked bread, its going to smell like animals. Other than that, it was a great value for the money. A lot of things are kind of expensive in a tourist town, but this is very reasonable. Not a full sized zoo so don't expect a huge 10 acre building and grounds, but still a lot of animals and a lot of fun.
Really had a great time, got closer to some of the most unusal animals I have ever heard of than ever before! We have three small children, Diego fans if you know what that is. And they spent the visit naming all of the creatures form Diego's travels in the jungle.
Good value for the money, most things in this town are like other tourist towns, over priced and kind of corny, but the zoo is well done, nice price and perfect for all ages.
I went to this place with my 2 yr old son. We had fun until we went into the bird enclosure. My son was attacked by a peacock. The peacock left four scratches on his face (from the temple to the chin) a deep 1" gash (that was bleeding) on his head, and two scratches on his neck. When he fell he hit the concrete and busted his lip and was bleeding. I went to the front desk to get help and other than saying I'm sorry they did nothing. I asked the lady there for something to clean the wounds and she offered me moist towelettes (yes, the kind you get at restaurants). I went in the bathroom and cleaned the wounds as best I could and my wife had some triple antibiotic which we applied. When we went back to the counter she was on the phone talking to someone explaining what happened. After talking to on the phone she explained to us that the peacock was trying to mate with the female and that's why he attacked my son. If that's not admitting guilt, I don't know what it is. I told her that a peacock trying to breed should not be in an enclosure where people are going to be interacting with it. She sait it was the first time that had happened, but later she told my wife that they had had a complaint about the peacock that morning. After that we left. I kept cleaning the wound for the remaining vacation days, but it got infected and my son still has a bump in the head from the attack. We went on June 19 and it is July 12. He had to go to the doctor twice and has had two series of antibiotics. Unbelievably the treatment and lack of action /help on the part of the staff of this place was even worse than the attack. If after this story you still decide to visit, avoid the peacock in the bird enclosure. I wish we could include pictures here.
We made it back for Chirstmas break, this is our third year in a row. We actually have pictures of the kids each year holding the same bird. Hoping to make it an annual tradition. Really nice place with always something new. One of the best bangs for your buck in the Smokies, but even if it was a little more pricey it would still be worth it.
We really enjoyed Rain forest. The educational value alone is well worth it but it also has a lot of animals that we had never even heard of. Everything from the ticket price to the gift shops were very reasonably priced based on the average expense in Gatlinburg. Give yourself about two hours and you will certainly not be dissapointed. We have taken tons of photos and will post them as soon as we download them. Stayed in the Wyndam resort at the Zoo's parking lot, very nice place as well. Neither were crowded at all in September, seems like a nice time to visit, no leaf color yet but it was offset by the lack of crowds.
The words "hidden gem" can get over used, but in the case of this place they are an understatement. We took two teenage girls there, any parent who has them knows what I am talking about, very hard to please at that age. They both had a blast, the cages are very well done with an incredible amount of animals in one place. The porcupine was the big hit with the girls, they both got a quill from the zoo keeper doing the show. There is no question we will be back.
I agree with the previous writer, we must have been on the same day! Very friendly staff, clean cages and obviously well fed animals. Not too crowded but it was spring break so many places in pigeon forge did have more people than normal weekdays. Try to go on weekdays to avoid the saturday crowd.
I do not know how anyone could give this "zoo" 5 stars. If you look at the dates they were a long time ago. Now the reviews are bad. We had the same horrible experience as the review by Heather. The place is dark and dingy and smelled so bad my husband could barely breath. This is not a rainforest and this is not a zoo. This is more like a very small aquarium where each animal is cooped up in a small cage of glass. The parrots were in the worst shape I have ever seen. Their cages were so dirty and the food they had was covered in fruit flies. When I asked if the birds get any time out of their cages the lady just said no just food and water. That is the most horrible life for a parrot. They are smart animals and need attention. Their beaks are so long they can barely eat. Who ever is running this place knows nothing about how to care for these birds and their other animals. It is a horrible place - go instead to parrot mountain in Sevierville. It is beautiful. They rescue birds there that are abused or unwanted. If you want to hold birds and feed them this is the place to go. The birds are so friendly that the one my 6 year old was holding was calling her mama. It was wonderful. I wish Parrot Moutain could go rescue these birds. And if you go on the Rainforest web site you will see kangaroos and lori birds but there were none to be found. It is a terrible place, don't waste you money!
We went yesterday to Rainforest Adventures and it was filthy and dirty. The water in the animals bowls were dirty and there were coachroaches running everywhere. We stepped on three just walking around the place. There were dead roaches in the snakes water bowls, and poop that had molded in the cages. The animals some had mange were poorly taken care of and I just felt sorry for them. There is an outside walkway that lets you see some sheep and goats they were in desperate need of a bath and kept jumping out of the fence wanting to be fed. The show and the man who does is is the only saving grace of this place. You can tour it in 30min and be done its a shame really. I was lucky enough to get a free educator pass because they wanted teachers to book a field trip with them but if I had of paid the amount they wanted I would have been angered. There were other folks commenting as well how they dont clean the cages a lizard had an open sore, the iguanas were sick they just lay there and their eyes were glazed. Take the time and check out the Knoxville Zoo .
My friends and me went to see all of the animals at Rainforest while we
were partying in Gatlinburg. Amazing! We all really laughed at the
birds swinging on their branches. They let us pet the porcupine and the
lizards during the show, I have never seen anything as big as the
porcupine, he is huge.
Very friendly staff and great prices on the admission.
Jim has a great show!
Thanks for the photos!
The NEW Australia side is really nice.
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