Thank you for planning your visit to Brights Zoo. We want your visit to be a top notch 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 this section, we cover the most common questions asked by visitors. Be sure to visit each tab and page.
We are located right off Highway 11-E (also known as Andrew Johnson Highway, Highway 321) in Limestone; 8 miles West of Jonesborough and 10 miles East of Greeneville.
If you are using a GPS device to get to the zoo, some require you to enter the address as follows:
3425 HWY US 11E
3425 US HWY 11E
3425 Andrew Johnson HWY
From Johnson City or Jonesborough on HWY 321- 11-E - Andrew Johnson Highway. You will pass Mountain View Restaurant, then Grace Brethren Church - both on the right. Once you have passed Grace Brethren Church, start looking to your right and you will see animal exhibits. Turn right into the zoo parking lot located directly on HWY 11E.
From Greeneville on HWY 321- 11-E - Andrew Johnson Highway. You will pass Johnny’s market on your right, then start looking to the left. You will need to make a U-Turn in order to enter the zoo parking area.
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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 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.
Ages 13 - 18 $15.00
Ages 2 - 12 $11.95
Seniors $13.95 ( Age 55 and over)
Military w/ ID $11.95
Up to 4 guests $160.00
5 - 9 guests $35.00 per guest
10 - 14 guests $30.00 per guest
15 + guests $20.00 per guest
Reservations for guided private tours are required. Please make reservations at least 48 hours in advance to ensure a private guide is available.
For reservations, call (423) 257-1927 during regular zoo hours.
Guided Education Tour
NOTE: Guided education tours will no longer be included as part of the admission price for education groups that make reservations after May 1, 2014. Groups can add a guide (based on availability) for an additional $50.00 per 30 admissions, but please request the guides when scheduling your visit.
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 at the group rate of $15.95 per adult, $13.95 per senior citizen and siblings for $11.95 per child (ages 2-12) when prepaid by a tax-exempt education group. Guests that are not included as part of the lump sum payment for tax-exempt groups must pay sales tax.
Please keep in mind:
• To qualify for the group rate, there must be 15 or more paid admissions. Children under 2 years of age do not count toward the group total.
• Education group 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 and giraffe feedings are not available 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 debit and credit cards (VISA, MasterCard and Discover).
• 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.
$300.00 per person (2 people maximum)
$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.
$100.00 per person
For the health of our guests, staff and animals, Brights Zoo is a smoke-free facility. This includes electronic cigarettes. Smoking is restricted to a designated area in the parking lot. Visitors who want to smoke may exit through the gift shop and then present their admission receipt for re-entry.
Brights Zoo may close due to inclement weather or other circumstances without notice. Check Facebook for announcements or call 423-257-1927 when the weather forecast indicates precipitation or cold weather. No refunds or rain checks are offered due to weather conditions.
In the event of severe weather while visiting the zoo, guests should seek shelter in the closest building, away from windows and doors. Zoo staff will assist in guiding guests to safety until conditions have improved.
Please Do Not Feed The Animals!
The animals at Brights Zoo are fed a nutritious diet designed specifically for their needs, and throwing food into habitats may risk their health and safety. For a small fee, Brights Zoo does offer the opportunity to feed the giraffes, lorikeets, and goats with food prepared by the Zoo.
Respect the Animals
Many of the animals are timid, so please do not harass or tease them, make loud noises, or reach into or bang on exhibits. Running is also prohibited, because quick movements can be threatening to our animals and can frighten them into injuring themselves.
Stay on Public Pathways
Rocks, fencing, and other barriers are designed to protect visitors and animals from harm. Do not climb on or under fences. Please remain on public pathways and obey signs.
Food & Drink Policy
Food and drink can be brought into our facility. However, we do not allow alcoholic beverages, glass containers, drinking straws, or chewing gum. Please keep the zoo beautiful and deposit trash in designated receptacles.
Shirt and Shoes Required
Proper attire, including shirt and shoes must be worn at all times. Clothing with profanity, obscenities or any other offensive material deemed inappropriate by Zoo staff is prohibited.
Due to health and safety concerns, pets are not permitted on Zoo grounds. For the health of your pet, please do not leave it in your vehicle. Guests who rely on service animals may bring them into the Zoo, provided that the animals remain properly leashed. Guests are solely responsible for the care and control of their animals. Even trained service animals can cause undue stress to zoo animals, so they are not permitted in Lorikeet Landing or at other Animal Encounter events.
Do Not Damage Vegetation
The landscaping at the Zoo is for eveyone's enjoyment; please do not pick or damage flowers, leaves, bamboo, or other vegetation.
The solicitation of visitors, the selling of any items, or distribution of any advertisement, circular, or handbill is prohibited within the Zoo, or in the parking area.
No Professional Photography
Photography for personal use is allowed. Commercial photography or filming requests must be arranged through the Zoo Director.
Failure to Follow the Rules
Brights Zoo reserves the right to escort from zoo grounds any individuals or groups who are acting in ways deemed harmful to our animals or the park, or that adversely affect the enjoyment of the zoo by other guests.
We reserve the right to inspect packages, bags, and containers. Brights Zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged articles. During your visit, visitors may be photographed or videotaped by employees. Admission to the zoo serves as permission to use your image and audio or video recordings for any purpose without payment.
GUIDED TOUR POLICIES
Please dress appropriately for the weather. In April and May, mornings are typically cool while temperatures later in the day are usually more comfortable. In the event of rain, we will continue the tour or try and wait out the weather under shelter. Once a tour has begun, Brights Zoo will not give out rain checks or refunds.
Guided Tour Rain Policy
If precipitation is in the forecast, or if it is raining on the morning of your scheduled tour, the group organizer who reserved the tour should contact Melinda in the Brights Zoo Giftshop at 423-257-1927 and decide whether to proceed with the tour as planned, or reschedule.
Once a tour begins, Brights Zoo does not provide rain checks or refunds. If the group organizer decides to proceed with the tour as planned and the weather is questionable, please dress appropriately for the conditions such as a light raincoat.
We understand that factors beyond your control may cause you to be late, so please call 423-257-1927 and let us know.
Guided Group Tours
We ask that everyone stay with their group at all times. Your guide will make sure you get to see everything and also give you plenty of time to take photos.
For groups larger than 60 people we will not do Lorikeet Landing. We typically can only put 15 people at a time in with the lorikeets and each group stays for approximately 5 minutes. By the third or fourth group of people the lorikeets are full and will provide less interaction for the remaining people. Lorikeet Landing is also not available after 4:00 PM, because the lorikeets are moved to their nighttime lodging.