Brights ZOO is dedicated to the long-term conservation of exotic animals through propagation and public education and offers a unique and distinctive blend of hospitality and a learning environment not available anywhere else in the region. Visits are guided tours lead by knowledgeable staff and each tour averages 2 1/2 hours. Brights ZOO allows drop-in visits during weekdays, when tour guides are available. Drop-in visitors are taken on a first come, first served basis. You may also call ahead for same day visits. Visits are available on the weekends by appointment only.
Brights ZOO is located right off Highway 11-E (also known as Andrew Johnson Highway) 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 devices require you to enter the address as follows:
3425 HWY US 11E
3425 US HWY 11E
If you are coming from the Johnson City or Jonesborough side of the zoo then you will pass Mountain View Restaurant on your right. You will then see Grace Brethren Church on your right. Keep looking to your right and you will soon see the zoo property. Turn right into the zoo parking lot located directly on HWY 11E.
If you are coming from the Greeneville side of the Zoo you will pass Johnny's Market on your right. After you pass Johnny's Market start looking to your left. You will have to make a U-Turn in order to turn into the zoo.
Summer Tour Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Gift Shop Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Winter Tour Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Gift Shop Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.