Tourist attractions in major cities usually include a few zoos and animal encounters. After a while, the zoo costs can add up and it just isn't the most fun activity you can do while on vacation. To liven up your vacation, finding a new hidden spot that never gets old is key. You need to add this exotic petting zoo to your list of things to do in the Smokies for a unique experience.
Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Exotic Petting Zoo in Sevierville, Tennessee is a one-of-a-kind experience. This 140-acre property located in the Smoky Mountains has tons of deer, zebras, kangaroos, goats and so many other animals you can touch and feed.
It's located just 30 minutes northeast of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, so it's an easy drive from a popular vacation spot that not many people know about.
This rare encounter sits on a massive 143 acres and you'll get some pretty beautiful views while you hang out with animals all day.
Usually, you and the animals are separated by a wire or a wooden fence, but here you are encouraged to get in the pens and get up close and personal with the animals.
There are also stables at Deer Farm and you are more than welcome to ride one of their horses. You'll get views you've never gotten before and forget about the realities of the world.
According to the website, you can "get up close and personal with Rocky Mountain elk, hug a baby goat, rub a camel, pet zebra and zonkies, stroke an emu, kiss a kangaroo, and scratch Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs."
They do not charge for photos, so you can take as many pictures as you want while you cuddle up to these fluffy animals.
It's only $13.99 to enter the petting zoo and stay as long as you want. You can buy food for an additional $2.50, which we highly suggest doing.
Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo
Address: 478 Happy Hollow Ln., Sevierville, TN
Why You Need To Go: This petting zoo lets you actually get in the pens with these adorable animals and you can even take a ride on one of their horses.