tours trips

Bright’s Zoo

Bright's Zoo is a private, family-owned facility dedicated to the long-term conservation of exotic animals. Its animals include rare and endangered species such as addax, bongo and scimitar-horned oryx. The center also contains more common but exotic creatures including red kangaroos, spider monkeys, Bactrian camels and pygmy goats.

Before you visit, check the Bright's Zoo Facebook page ( to verify the Zoo is open.

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Downtown Johnson City

Visit Masengill’s, an exclusive shop known for its signature window displays of men’s and women’s apparel. Relax at the many restaurants downtown from a sidewalk café to Italian pizza to homemade chicken and rib specials all the way to an authentic German restaurant.

A sewing specialty shop, furniture/local craft store, and an organic gardening store join more established downtown stalwarts such as
Masengill’s (clothing), Atlantis  (gifts, jewelry, etc.) and Campbell's
Morrell Music
to name a few. And if art is your interest,
downtown is home to a host of art galleries and studios.

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Girlfriend Getaway

Rejuvenate your spirits with a trip to the Carnegie Hotel's Austin Springs Spa, Johnson City’s premiere full-service spa. Take a tour of the world-famous Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR’s most popular track. Head over to the Barter Theater in nearby Abingdon, Virginia, take in a show and see why Barter has been packing audiences full of theater-lovers since early 30’s. What about shopping…. From malls and retail outlets to sidewalk shops and boutiques, you don’t have to look far for places to shop. Dine out at one of the local favorites, or have tantalizingly fresh sushi to a perfectly cut, impeccably prepared steak. You will never run out of palate-tempting choices during your weekend getaway. Spend a weekend with your best girlfriends and “Start your Adventure in Johnson City.”

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Hands On! Discovery Center

This brand new all-ages science center offers fun interactive programs and exhibits that include a musical Tesla coil, giant building blocks, and a maker studio inviting guests to engineer a rocket, create a masterpiece, and uncover something new.

Get up close and personal with an active prehistoric fossil dig site dating back 5 million years.  Enjoy exhibits and programs featuring plant and animal fossils that have been unearthed at the site.

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Holiday Lanes Bowling Center

Looking for a fabulous place to have fun with your friends or family, to host a birthday party or to have a company teambuilding event? Look no further than Holiday Lanes! Day or night, Holiday Lanes is open to all for a bowltastic time!

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Just Jump Trampoline Park

Just Jump is a state-of-the-art trampoline park that includes an obstacle course, Kiddie Zone, dodgeball, basketball, a large open jump area and a gladiator pit. The facility is designed for all ages, and the open party area is ideal for birthday parties and special events.

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Positive Solutions Tours

Enhance your visit to Northeast Tennessee with tours of private homes and with the interpretation of history done through storytelling for the past 14 years. PST offers storytelling tours, package tours, step-on guides, day tours and day guides. Also has the "Traveling Mind Benders Troup" which includes professional storytellers, musicians and folk dancers to enhance your group visit.

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Romantic Adventures

Spend a weekend in style and comfort, elegant and upscale, or relaxed and cozy, in one of the many accommodations that Johnson City has to offer. Have lunch…choose from quaint cafés, pubs to themed restaurants. Take an afternoon stroll through Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town, which uniquely blends historic sites, distinctive architecture, specialty shopping and restaurants. Enjoy music, stories and theater and delight in a special evening of dinner and music at local performing theaters, symphony concerts or local pickin’ parlors.

If you and your partner are looking for adventure, hit the class IV rapids of the Nolichucky River. The Nolichucky River is one of the Southeast’s best whitewater trips, great for beginners and experienced rafters alike. Guided tours are available through Cherokee Adventure.

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Roots of Country Music

In 1927 Ralph Veer of Victor Talking Machine Company journeyed to the border town of Bristol, TN/VA in search of new talent for his recording company. What he found change the face of American music forever. The Carter Family, Stoneman Family and Jimmie Rodgers were among the acts auditioning for Peer. The legendary “Bristol Sessions” established a new genre of music – country music. A self-guided audio walking tour of historic Bristol allows visitors to retrace the footsteps of country and bluegrass pioneers. Then it's off to the legendary Carter Family Fold in Hilton’s Virginia. Sit back and be ready to be entertained with old time and bluegrass music. The Carter Fold promotes old-time music and pay tribute to the Original Carter Family (A.P Carter, Sara Carter, and Maybelle Carter). The Saturday concerts highlight the musical style made popular by the Carter Family, considered by many as country music’s first family. In keeping with the traditional music style, no electrical instruments are allowed (everything is acoustic). There’s lots of dancing and fun for the entire family.

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Scenic Outdoor Beauty

Johnson City is the perfect place to get out and experience nature, and what better way to do that than taking a brisk hike in the mountains? Hikers can travel trails on the well-known Appalachian Trail and Buffalo Mountain Trails, as well as in the mountain parks surrounding the city. Acres of lakefront and water await the fisherman, hunter or boating enthusiast or nature lover. Enjoy mountain vistas at our world-class golf courses. In early summer, take in the beauty of the Rhododendron Gardens at nearby Roan Mountain.

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Wetlands Water Park

Located in Jonesborough, Tennessee, this water park blends frantic fun with the beauty of Northeast Tennessee. A heart-stopping rampage down the 200-foot giant waterslide is sure to satisfy the daredevil in everyone. A leisurely stroll on the boardwalk through the natural wetlands shows off the area's natural beauty. Seasonal - call for days and hours of operation.

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Winged Deer Park

Established in 1991, Winged Deer Park is a 200-acre district park. The J. Norton Arney family previously owned and operated the farm where Winged Deer now sits from the 1940s through the early ‘70s. Mr. Arney was a noted car dealer and raised and trained show horses in the area. The farm was used primarily to grow hay and had several large stables on the lakefront property. The city purchased the property in 1985. The original farmhouse was converted into what is now the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, which includes a meeting room, working offices and a landscaped patio area with small gazebo. Amenities include five lighted softball fields, scorer’s tower and restroom, three lighted soccer fields, Batter’s Up batting cages, an 18-hole disc golf course, playground area, soccer concession building with restroom, half-mile walking track and paved fitness trails, which wind through the forested section of the park. The lakefront area features two sand volleyball courts, picnic shelter with restroom, public boating access, green space, lighted handicap accessible boardwalk, amphitheatre, and a Festival Plaza multi-use area with restroom. The park’s historical area features the Robert Young Cabin – one of Johnson City’s oldest dwellings – the Massengil Monument, and the James H. Quillen Historical Tree Arboretum.

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