Zoo

There are so many fun choices:

RainForest Zoo

RainForest Zoo has been themed by one of the nations finest zoological contractors, whose work includes Animal Kingdom at Disney World.  http://www.rfadventures.com/

Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa

Pigeon Forge’s only petting zoo is found at the Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa (ponderosahorseriding.com). The petting zoo is just one of several activity options at the ranch. Visitors can pet and feed animals including ducks, rabbits, a pony, llama, emu and goats. Other activities include a gem mining station, stocked fishing pond, guided horseback rides through the mountains and ATV rides. Visitors can pick up a meal at the on-site café or bring food for eating at the picnic tables.  ponderosahorseriding.com

Parrot Mountain and Gardens

Parrot Mountain and Gardens (parrotmountainandgardens.com) is 3.2 miles outside of Pigeon Forge in the town of Sevierville. While not a traditional petting zoo, the attraction includes a bird garden, where visitors can interact with close to 70 different birds. Guests have the opportunity to hand-feed the birds and take photographs with them. A separate lory aviary allows visitors to feed the colorful birds nectar out of a cup. Other attractions at the facility include parrot cottages with distinctive designs, outdoor landscaped gardens with tropical birds and a waterfall.  parrotmountainandgardens.com

Deer Farm Exotic Petting Zoo and Riding Stables

Deer Farm Exotic Petting Zoo and Riding Stables (deerfarmzoo.com) is 13.3 miles from Pigeon Forge in Sevierville. The farm aims to support wildlife rehabilitation. The zoo is open year round. Guests can purchase a souvenir feed cup with unlimited half-price refills. Guests can interact with animals including zonkeys (a zebra/donkey hybrid), kangaroos, wallabies, exotic cattle, reindeer, deer, prairie dogs and goats among others. The farm also offers guided horseback rides, pony rides for young children and a souvenir shop.  deerfarmzoo.com

Circle G Ranch

Circle G Ranch (ridecamels.com) is an exotic animal park. Guests have the opportunity to pet and feed animals on a three-mile drive in either a rental jeep or their own vehicles in the drive-through zoo attraction. Interactions are possible with zebra, deer and emus among others. The ranch also has a separate petting zoo area which serves as a nursery for baby goats, lambs, camels and pot-bellied pigs.  ridecamels.com

Knoxville Zoo

The mission of Knoxville Zoological Gardens is to celebrate the wonders of the natural world.  Through education, conservation, exhibition, research and recreation, the zoo will tell the stories of the animals, the plants and the people who make up the communities of the earth.  The zoo will develop positive attitudes and actions about nature and about conservation as a local and global issue.  http://www.knoxville-zoo.org/