If you are used to major attractions, like the National Zoo, be prepared to "enter" the habitat and be the visitor to the homes of the wildlife of the Smoky Mountains. The wolf pack roams their territory, and howls in answer to the naturalists on staff. The owls, hawks, and other injured raptors are raised as closely as practicable to their natural state. River otters frolic in their pond, and there are probably more deer roaming the park outside the deer habitat as inside the enclosure. Take the barge ride to see the beaver working on their dam, or just walk the many trails around the lake. This doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the park. The state of the art digital planetarium presents programs from several sources, including some produced at the park and distributed to other planetariums. Get a season pass, because there is no way to enjoy all the benefits of the park in one or two visits.
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