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Most Requested Information

  • What You Need To Know
  • Hours Of Operation - April 2014
  • Prices
  • Services and Events


Thank you for planning your visit to Brights Zoo. We want your visit to be a memorable experience. Take a moment and review this section to pre-plan your visit, so you take full advantage of all we have to offer.

In the section under "Plan your visit", we cover the most requested information. Be sure to visit each tab and page.

























Brights Zoo Hours change according to the weather during spring and winter. We advise you check Facebook for announcements or call 423-257-1927 before an unscheduled visit.   
April 1- April 30
Closed Sundays
Open 10:00am to 4:00pm
Last admission ticket sold at 3:00pm

Inclement weather or cold temperatures may prevent some animals from being available. Hours change without notice, make sure you check back often for updated information.  

Weather, temperatures may extend or reduce hours on a daily/weekly basis. If severely cold or precipitation is occurring, call ahead!

Event Schedule

Visit the Downloads Section for schedules, maps and other information.

General Hours 

Hours change as needed. We recommend you call 423-257-1927 before making an unscheduled visit to ask if there are any changes to the schedule.

If temperatures are not going to reach 50 degrees for that day the zoo will close.    We do this because many of our animals can not get below 50 degrees so they stay in their heated barns during these times.

 (Ticket sales end 1 hour before closing.)


Select animal feeding programs are offered on a managed schedule. If you are interested, ask about the feeding program schedule when you purchase your tickets. Additional fee applies. Feedings are offered on a first come first served basis up to the daily maximum visitor feeding count.


2014 RATE CARD (Prices and hours subject to change without notice)


General Admission (Self-guided Tours)

Brights Zoo offers self-guided tours. We have opened up a large portion of the zoo to allow guests to go through the zoo on their own.
Self-guided Prices and Hours are as follows:

Adults            $19.95


Ages 13 -18   $15.95

Ages 2 -12     $12.95

Students        $15.95 (with college ID)

Seniors          $17.95 (Age 55 and over)

Military w/ ID  $15.95 or 10% off total paid admissions

Nectar for feeding lorikeets - $2 per cup

Carrots for feeding giraffes - $1 per carrot



Season Passes

Season passes go on sale March 15th and are valid for the entire season. With a season pass, you receive unlimited admission to the self-guided area of the zoo.

A season pass for a family of four is $160. (Add additional children for $35 per child)

A couple's season pass is $95.

Season pass for a single individual is $65.95

Please keep in mind:

Season passes are good from April 1st to the end of each season. Seasons end based upon weather conditions - generally sometime in November or December.

Season Pass Benefits:

• Unlimited general admission zoo visits for the entire season for the guests named on the card.

• 10% discount for special events

• 10% discount on private parties

• 10% discount for Private Safaris

• $1.00 off nectar for feeding the lorikeets.

• A replacement for a lost or stolen season pass is $5.00.



Group Rates of 15 or More

Self-guided Tour

Adults              $15.95


Ages 13 - 18    $15.00

Ages 2 - 12      $11.95

Seniors            $13.95 ( Age 55 and over)

Military w/ ID    $11.95


Guided Tour   (Reservations required)

All Ages           $20.00


Education Group Rate

Guided Tour

Students $8. 

One educator admission at $8 for every 15 paid student admissions

One bus driver admission at $8 for every 40 paid student admissions

Additional guests can attend for $17.95 when pre-paid by the education group. If additional guests pay at the gate, then admission is $17.95 plus tax.

Self-Guided Tour

Students $7.

One educator admission at $7 for every 15 paid student admissions

One bus driver admission at $7 for every 40 paid student admissions

Additional guests can attend for $15.95 when pre-paid by the education group. If additional guests pay at the gate, then admission is $15.95 plus tax.



Please keep in mind:

• To qualify for the group rate, there must be 15 or more paid admissions at the gate. Children under 2 years of age are not included in the group total.

• Educational discounts require a one lump sum payment to cover all students and staff booked at the tax exempt rate.

• No other discounts can be applied to the group rate.

• Groups over 60 must be approved by the zoo administrator.

• Lorikeet Landing is closed to groups over 60.

• A confirmation will be sent upon receipt of completed materials. Please allow 24 hours for response.

• Please reserve at least one week in advance.

• Tax-exempt purchases may not be paid with cash, personal check, or personal charge. If you are not a tax-exempt institution, you must pay Tennessee state sales tax.

• If your group is tax exempt, please provide a copy of tax exemption / resale certificate when you register, or pay at the gate.

• Brights Zoo accepts most major debit and credit cards (VISA, MasterCard and Discover).


NOTE: The 2015 season will not offer guided education tours at Brights Zoo as part of paid admission. Education groups can add a guide (based on availability) for an additional $50.00, but please request the guide when scheduling your visit.



Birthday Package


Our Birthday Package Includes

• Up to 30 guests

• Self-guided tour of the general admission area

• Mascot visit to birthday party

• Party coordinator

• Ice on request

• Use of picnic area or covered breezeway 

• If renting Private Party Room, choice of movie on big screen


$380.00 + tax (for up to 30 guests and Private Party Room for one hour)

$310.00 + tax (for up to 30 guests in public picnic area or covered breezeway)

Additional adults                           $15.95 per guest

Additional children                        $11.95 per guest

Additional senior citizens              $13.95 per guest

Additional Military Guests w/ ID    $11.95 per guest


Use of Brights Zoo Private Party Room:                               $75.00 per hour

Nectar to feed Lorikeets    (if paying at the door)                  $2.00 per guest

Nectar to feed Lorikeets    (pre-paid at party booking)          $2.00 per guest

Plates, Tablecloths and beverages for 30 people *               $30.00

Visit from bottle fed babies or trained animals                      $20.00 per animal

Party themed gift bags for children                                        Varies (ask at time of booking)

Guided tour of reserve area (15 person min)                         $3.00/guest

Birthday celebrator's photo on the Brights Zoo digital sign    $75.00

     Additional photo and/or message                                      $50.00

You are welcome to bring additional food and beverages for your birthday celebration.

No balloons, streamers or confetti please! These items pose a choking risk to our animal friends.

* Tablecloths are for Party Room use only.

Drinks – Juice boxes and 2 liter drinks.

Plates, cups and utensils are non-themed.


Intimate Adventures

 Note: Keeper of the Day, Behind the Scenes Tours, and Private Photo Safaris are not available during the month of April

Keeper of the Day

$300.00 per person (2 people maximum)

Behind the Scenes Tour

$100.00 per person and groups are limited to 6 people or less.

Gratuity for your guide is included in the Behind the Scenes tour cost.

Private Photo Safari

$100.00 per person


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Be sure to look over all of the options and services Brights Zoo offers in the “Plan Your Visit” section of the website and determine what best meets your needs and budget. Here is a taste of what you will find.

General Admission

Brights Zoo is offering general admission again this season. We have expanded a large portion of the zoo to allow guests to go through on their own. See the "Rates" and "Hours" section for admission prices and hours.

School Groups

Brights Zoo is currently open for school groups by reservation only. Please schedule appointments at least seven days in advance. Visits are guided tours lead by knowledgeable staff and each tour averages two to three hours in length.

Group Gatherings

Want a unique setting for your offsite meeting, wedding reception, family reunion or special celebration? We also host birthday parties for children and adults! Whatever the occasion, we're ready to make your event an experience you'll always remember.

Corporate Retreats

Brights Zoo provides a way for business groups to really get away from it all without sacrificing the entire year's travel budget. Inspire your employees with the beauty of some of the world's most magnificent creatures. There is nothing like a safari tour to bring the whole office together.

Give them a birthday to remember!

Come celebrate your child’s birthday! Build the perfect party for your little wild one. For adult birthday ideas, please contact one of our event consultants.


A Celebration of Romance and Nature! The natural and exotic surroundings of Brights Zoo provide an extraordinary setting for a special wedding ceremony, plus unique locations for memorable photographs. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your plans and requirements.

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