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Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

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Great educational adventure in Kingsport

The planetarium presentations are top notch, the animal exhibits are well maintained, and the gift... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bluff City, Tennessee
The lake the view the mountain top.

This is a beautiful place with well marked trails and the true feeling of the old country. You can... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kingsport, Tennessee
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“barge ride”(60 reviews)
“nature center”(37 reviews)
“zip line”(37 reviews)
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853 Bays Mountain Park Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660-7664
+1 423-229-9447
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The planetarium presentations are top notch, the animal exhibits are well maintained, and the gift shop is always a treat for the kids. I went here when I was a kid and now I take my own. A great place to get some astronaut ice...More

Thank j0neal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful place with well marked trails and the true feeling of the old country. You can easily imagine finding Indians around the corner. When the leaves change color this is a remarkable place.

Thank ronthemudman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Inexpensive day trip (2-3 hours) for family. Took grandchildren. They loved the animals, especially the deer and owls.Not overly priced. Friendly staff.

Thank Bobbie P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For family fun be sure to visit Bays Mountain! Enjoy the museum, the animal sanctuary or hike the trails! A good time will be had by all.

Thank DebraL1118
Reviewed August 6, 2018

I'm new to hiking and the trails at Bays Mountain are great! My husband, myself, and our 2 teenage daughters went, we all had a great time!

Thank jamie P
Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I spent several hours strolling through the park and walking along the lake. The man wearing a talon glove and holding an owl, Houdini, was delightful and informative as was the lady at the newly constructed gazebo near the lily pads. Both...More

Thank TravelDiva001
Reviewed July 24, 2018

The park is gorgeous and it was lots of fun. There are enclosed habitats for wolves, bobcats, otters, turtles, birds, foxes, and possibly more. The animals are in clean and comfortable environments. The have a herbatarium that holds animals such as snakes, frogs, and lizards....More

Thank mintykittycat
Reviewed July 23, 2018

If you are disabled and the only way you can recreate is with assistance with you biking don't go. I have a heart murmur and i am trying to get in shape. I went their to ride my new pedal assist bike and told it...More

Thank tnmike7465
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

We had organized a little treasure hunt for our son in this park, yet it came to be much more...what an amazing full immersion into wildlife and nature of Tennessee...! We met the Red Hawk...Wolves...a Bobcat..and many other animals that are rescued here. The Planetarium...More

Thank adrianoromano
Reviewed July 13, 2018

This park has a wide variety of options. We saw one of the planetarium showings about going to the moon again. On the barge ride we saw deer eating lily pads, a heron fishing, beaver dams, a phoebe family, cormorant. Enjoyed the animals in the...More

Thank SLS864
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Ashley M
August 30, 2018|
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Response from anthony t | Reviewed this property |
They are allowed but not in all areas. These areas are marked so there is no confusion. Have a leash and enjoy. We had our dog there not long ago.
Michael M
January 28, 2017|
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Response from Doug C | Reviewed this property |
Well, there is the lake and some beach areas. I've never seen anyone swimming in the lake though. At the foot of the mountain there is a very nice indoor/outdoor YMCA complete with several pools, a lazy river and a couple... More
December 11, 2015|
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Response from Doug C | Reviewed this property |
Like the others say, it's $10. My teenage son and I did the zip line. The instructions take longer than the ride, really.