Hours and Fees

Fees

Entrance Fees

  • $5.00 per vehicle
  • $15.00 per bus (school bus or larger). 

Park Association members must present a current membership card for free car entrance to the park.

Public Program Fees

Bays Mountain Park offers a wide variety of public programs. Tickets for all programs may be purchased at the Gift Shop in the Nature Center and are only available on the day of the program. Tickets may be purchased with cash, check, or credit card.

  • Planetarium Theater Shows: $5 per person for ages 6 and older.
    Children 5 and under will receive a free pass.  For the other patrons attending, a child that becomes talkative or cries will need to be removed.
  • Nature Programs: $3.00 per person (any age).
  • Extended Nature Program (2 hours): $6 per person
  • Barge Rides: $5.00 per person (any age).
  • Park Association members will receive free passes to planetarium, nature, and barge programs.
  • Zip Line:  $10.00 per person (any age).  Park Association members receive a 50% discount for the zip line.

Group Rates

Group rates apply to the planetarium and nature programs only. Parties of 15 or more and must be scheduled in advance. Entrance fees for groups are the same as listed above.

Groups may attend one of our regularly scheduled public programs or arrange for a private program. When attending a regularly scheduled public program, we will hold reserved tickets for your group until 20 minutes prior to the program time.

Public Program Group Rates:

  • Planetarium Theater Shows: $4 per person including children of all ages.
  • Nature Programs: $2.00 per person.

Private Program Group Rates:

Note, private programs are available only if staff is available and are scheduled in advance.

  • Planetarium Theater Shows: $250
  • Barge Rides: $150 (Limited to 25 people)

Spring & Fall Hours

March-May & September-October

 

Park Grounds

Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Nature Center

Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Summer Hours

June – August

 

Park Grounds

Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Nature Center

Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Winter Hours
The Park is closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Occasionally, the Park is closed because of hazardous conditions (icy roads, mostly). During snowy weather, please call ahead for Park conditions, (423) 229-9447.

November thru February

 

Park Grounds

Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Nature Center

Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM