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Key Info

1471 McCarter Hollow Road

Price & Hours

$19.95 for adults 12 and older; $9.95 for kids 2-11
March to November: 10 a.m. to 5, 6 or 7 p.m.

Details

Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

People who love unique, colorful birds and scenic gardens will enjoy visiting Parrot Mountain and Gardens. Situated about 5 miles east of Pigeon Forge, this attraction features 4 acres of landscaped gardens and many refer to it as a "must-see" and a "hidden gem" in the area. Parrot Mountain and Gardens is home to hundreds of tropical birds and a wealth of plants, flowers and trees that travelers can enjoy. Types of birds you might come across include toucans, magpies, macaws, cockatoos and lory parrots. You'll have the opportunity to hold and feed some of the birds if you wish, and can take photos with them as well.

Recent patrons overwhelmingly enjoyed spending time among the birds and gardens here, saying they loved how beautiful and friendly the birds were and that they could interact with them. Many said it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is well worth the ticket cost.

Admission costs $19.95 for adults (12 and older), $16.95 for seniors (65 and older) and $9.95 for kids (ages 2 to 11). The attraction is open daily from March to November, from 10 a.m. to 5, 6 or 7 p.m. depending on the month. Parking is available, but some warn that the driveway is steep and the pathway to get up to the entrance may be challenging for those with mobility issues. A golf cart is available to rent (for a fee). Parrot Mountain and Gardens also offers group discounts. Visit the business' website for additional details.

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