If you’re an animal lover, Pigeon Forge, TN is the vacation destination for you! Our charming city is located minutes away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which offers some of the very best wildlife viewing in the United States. Visitors come from far and wide to see the national park’s beautiful birds, river otters, colorful salamanders, and, of course, black bears.
In addition to all of the critters you can see in the wild, Pigeon Forge offers a number of fun attraction where you can get an up-close look at animals from all around the world. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Top Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the top five Pigeon Forge animal attractions.
1. Parrot Mountain & Gardens
Parrot Mountain & Gardens is the perfect place to make some feathered friends. This one-of-a-kind attraction is home to hundreds of tropical birds that will talk, sing, and pose for pictures. The Gardens are filled with thousands of flowers and trees that make the grounds reminiscent of a Thomas Kinkade painting. If you fall in love with one of the baby birds in the nursery, you can even take a parrot home!
2. Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo
Rainforest Adventures is a wonderful zoo with over 600 animals, representing over 130 species. Visitors will have the chance to see lemurs, hedgehogs, monkeys, snakes, crocodiles, lizards, frogs, birds, and many other incredible animals. Nearly all of the zoo’s animals are housed indoors, which makes Rainforest Adventures perfect for a rainy day.
3. Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa
Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa is another one of the best Pigeon Forge animal attractions. Guests will enjoy a fun trail ride through the foothills of the Smoky Mountains on one of the ranch’s friendly horses. With over 80 horses at the stable, you’re sure to find a trusty steed that is perfect for your size and experience level.
Big Rock Dude Ranch is also home to an awesome free petting zoo with ponies, goats, llamas, rabbits, emus, peacocks, geese, chickens, and other critters. If your kids want to feed the animals, you can purchase a bag of feed for $3.00.
4. Goats on the Roof
Goats on the Roof is the only place in Pigeon Forge where you’ll find, well, goats on the roof! This unusual attraction has live goats roaming around its rooftop that you can feed using a special “goat-cycle”. In addition to the signature animals, Goats of the Roof also offers homemade fudge and ice cream, a children’s gem mine, a fun gift shop, and a thrilling alpine coaster.
5. Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is a hugely popular dinner show that features amazing horseback riding stunts. Your jaw will hit the floor when you see talented trick riders navigate their horses through rings of fire! The Dixie Stampede horses appear in front of the theater each day, so you can meet the stars of the show, even if you haven’t purchased tickets for the performance.
When you stay with Top Cabin Rentals, you’ll be just a short drive from all of these Pigeon Forge animal attractions. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 8 bedroom cabins, we are guaranteed to have the perfect property for your escape. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of Pigeon Forge cabin rentals!