Shelby Farms Sunset


As the city's garden district, East Memphis is a burst of colorful blooms playing against the shade of storybook trees, handsome homes, lush gardens and charming small businesses.

By day, you’ll want to take in the area’s natural beauty. Start at Shelby Farms Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country, where you might ride horseback, rent a paddleboard to explore Hyde Lake or zipline at the onsite Go Ape Treetop Adventure course. For chiller adventures, stroll The Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis Botanic Garden or the short trails at Lichterman Nature Center — or opt for retail therapy. Some of Memphis’ best shopping is located in East Memphis, so you can browse locally owned boutiques and antiques stores, in addition to a traditional mall. Some of the city's most visionary chefs have moved into the neighborhood as well, curating irresistible spaces for gathering with friends over cocktails, wood-fired pizzas and upscale Southern fare. Add in a show at Theatre Memphis or seasonal Live at the Garden concert, and your East Memphis day is made.

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