When you’re on a family vacation in the Tennesee Great Smoky Mountains, it’s always a good thing to account for bad weather. Having some rainy day activities days in your back pocket helps to ensure you’re not stuck inside your timeshare condo/hotel! No one wants to be staring at the television for hours on end on a rainy day.
On a recent trip to Pigeon Forge, we had planned to spend most of our time outdoors hiking and exploring in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
We were lucky that the weather cooperated during our stay. Unfortunately, we did end up with a few family members not feeling well due to a case of norovirus. While they all rested back at the condo, my husband and I, along with my youngest headed to the Rainforest Adventure Discovery Zoo.
An Affordable Rainy Day Indoor Activity for the Whole Family
In nearby Sevierville Tennessee nestled in the beautiful Smoky Mountains RainForest Adventures Zoo is open year round. An affordable attraction for the entire family with the added bonus of being indoors, a perfect rainy day activity.
Adult Tickets are just $12.99 and Seniors can get in for $10.99, Children ages 2-12 pay $7.99 while preschoolers under age 3 get in for free! What’s even better is that you can print a coupon on the RainForest Zoo website and get an additional $2 off for each person in your party!
Hundreds of Tropical & Temperate Climate Animals
RainForest Zoo features over 600 live animals representing over 130 species and has been themed by one of the nation’s finest zoological contractors. (their work includes the Animal Kingdom at Disney World)
Some of the animals either hatched or born in captivity or on loan from zoos across the US include and include reptiles, mammals, birds, bugs, and amphibians.
We were specifically intrigued to see the Rat’s Life Cycle display that chronicled a pregnant rat and all stages of a rat’s life through to adult, at which point I believe they become tasty snacks for the reptiles of the zoo, but don’t quote me on that.
Ahhh, the Circle of Life.
A Significant Science Resource for Homeschoolers
I love when the places we visit in our travels have relevant educational information on their website. This allows me to tie in what we’ve seen and discovered into our homeschooling lesson plans.
The RainForest Discovery Zoo website is a wealth of information for both before and after your visit to Sevierville and can be an entire animal science lesson in and of itself.
For example the Rainforest Mammals page has detailed information like habitat, size, diet of animals on display.
While we visited, we encountered several staff members cleaning and scrubbing the animals homes, ensuring they were well cared for and happy. This seemed to be standard procedure and one that made me feel really good about recommending this zoo!
How about you? What activities do you keep in your back pocket in the event of inclement weather on vacation?
Comment below and let me know!