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Old 04-09-2011, 06:38 PM
 
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Default Zoo near the tri cities?

Hello,
My family is considering moving to the Johnson City area and we are excited to begin reseaching the area. We live in a fairly big city right now and are wondering about some of the "big city luxuies" that we are used too.

How close is the closest zoo? What about amusement park?

Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:34 PM
 
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Closet one I know of, but not a traditional zoo
Brights ZOO

other than that there are these, approximately 2 hours away.
Knoxville Zoo - Home
Dolly Parton's Great Smoky Mountain Family Amusement Park
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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The nearest real zoo is on the east side of Knoxville, just over 1.5 hours from downtown Kingsport. And the closest amusement park is Dollywood, which is about an 1 hour and 40 minutes from Kingsport.
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:26 PM
 
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Thanks - I appreciate the info!
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:55 PM
 
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Default Similar places to visit

We also enjoy the Western North Carlina Nature Center in Asheville..it's about an hour from Johnson City. Western North Carolina Nature Center, Red Wolf Breeding Program, Animals in Natural Habitats

It is fairly zoo-like, but much less crowded. It features local animals, similar to Bays Mountain, but on a larger scale. Love it!
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:52 PM
 
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Thanks Pacersfan! I missed that one.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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You should also checkout Bays Mountain Park ... wolves, otters, beavers, plus exhibits, and the planetarium. Not a full fledged zoo, but very fun and informational.
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:09 PM
 
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Creation Kingdom Zoo is about 40 minutes from Johnson City in Gate City, VA. Unique interactive exhibits and you can see lots of animals from around the world up close. From tigers to monkeys and all in between. [url=http://www.creationkingdomzoo.com]Creation Kingdom Zoo|Tri Cities|Virginia|Tennessee|$10 Admission[/url]
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:49 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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Good Morning Lillys _Mom _ 07:
Seems the threaad has focused on the wifelife parks in the area which are good. I particulary like the Asheville's Nature Center because it is more like a museum and less crowded. We do have some othr amusement areas around - Jonesborough has Wetlands - water park - Johnson City has Hands On Museum - an interactive museum for children of all ages. Fun Expedition is an indoor arena of all kinds of games and activies in Johnson City, Bays Mnt. Park in Kingsport has a wifelife exhibit and a planaterium. Just over an hour away is Dollywood and Splash Country in Sevierville,
Head over to North Carolina - about 1 1/2 hrs from Johnson City to Grandfather Mnt. - mile high swinging bridge, nature center and bear exhibit. There's lots of hiking trails and picnic areas in the park. Tweetsie Railroad is about 30 minutes farther in Blowing Rock - just beyond Boone. a western town park with a steam engine train which goes around the mountain , is held up by bank robbers, has an Indian raid, and sees a Fort on fire. There is really alot to do in the area - you may have to drive a bit - but the scenic beauty is well worth it. We moved here from Atlanta when my daughter was 5 and she never has once missed the"big city life" Also, if your children are into theater - Bristol theater has dynamite kids summer program as does Barter in Abingdon, VA If they like to sing, The East Tn Children's Choir is the best - Auditions are held in the fall and they must be in the 3rd grade.there are several good dance studios and the Johnson City Ballet CO. and Kingsport Ballet usually do the Nutcracker at Christmas. Good luck to you and your family - Hope you decide to live here.
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