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Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium

853 Bays Mountain Park Road

Bays Mountain Park is home to a $1.3 million dollar state-of-the-art planetarium theater featuring a 40-foot dome, 6.1 surround sound and a Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector that is so precise viewers can use binoculars to see details in two dozen deep-sky objects!

Planetarium theaters are unique in that they accurately reproduce the night sky under a hemispherical projection dome.

Public planetarium astronomy programs are geared for family audiences and are suitable for ages 6 and above.


Wayne Cross

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
This a REALLY great place. Just cost a few bucks for parking and then you can walk around and see all the animals. That have a few things to do that cost a few bucks but nothing is expensive, unless you buy something in the gift shop. They have a awesome little boat ride across that BEAUTIFUL lake. There are tons of trails if you like hiking. There are different distances and different difficulty trails. They give you a map with all the trails and animals locations. Nice and cool, even in the heat because all the trees, it all shaded. All thing you CAN NOT cookout there. There are picnic tables for a picnic but NO fires are allowed. Don't want to burn the place down, lol. If you have never been it is very worth the ride and it's a very cheap way to have a good time outdoors, especially if you have kids. Good day.

Billy Robinson

Friday, June 1, 2018
This is a great place to take the family for a day out. They have several planetarium show during they day. There is a boat ride that takes you around the lake which is pretty interesting. Several different animals to see. The wolves are a must, and hopefully your lucky enough to see them feed. They also have a rope course and a zip line. The kids really loved that. The staff is always friendly and helpful.

Aaron Floch

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
My family and I go here as often as we can. We do the lakeside trail mostly. We have two dogs and two kiddos. The dogs love it and the people on the trail are always courteous and kind. The animal habitats are nice. The wolf habitat is the obvious attraction as they have feedings throughout the day that are fun to watch. I am military and they give free entry (even for my entire family); however, they keep the place up so well I figure the small $35 membership fee is the least we can do.

Savanna Nelson

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Cheap place to go for a day out. Wouldn't suggest going in the summer though because hardly any of the animals will come out in the heat. We hadn't been in several years and noticed that there weren't as many animals and the ones they did have didn't look to be in the best health. My family and I plan to go back in the fall when the male deer has his horns and the wolves have their thick beautiful coats. We hope the animals will be more active this time of year.

Jamie Kaminski

Saturday, June 30, 2018
It was very nice. At first I had no clue what to expect. The weather was great. The animals were out and about in their enclosures. We walked through and we're able to see all but the otters. What I was not expecting was the wild deer to be wondering about the park as well. We got to see a few females and one a baby deer. It was so cool. Also took a nice walk alongside the lake. Seen some water turtles as well.

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media