5119 American Way
Memphis, TN 38115
Phone: (901) 363-4800
Fax: (901) 363-1101
Raccoons wander freely around this nature preserve and educational facility. The Lichterman family after whom the center is named willed their land to the city years ago, and portions of the block have since been developed into a shopping center, St. Francis Hospital and an apartment building. However, this 65-acre park still provides sanctuary for local wildlife. Children can see here how injured animals are treated and prepared for return to the wild. While the original Lichterman home that housed exhibits and administrative offices burned down a few years ago, most of the facility has been restored.
The famous Marquette Park is regarded as merely a neighborhood park. Families can gather around and can have a fun-filled day outside. Apart from such gatherings, the park plays host to the popular Italian Festival which brings people together in the spirit of revelry. The park is under 25 acres but provides a good base for enjoyment. Contact park services for rental information.
The Dixons were a childless couple who collected art, both fine and decorative, and left it all to the city when they died. The traveling exhibits, are often spectacular, and have included Faberge eggs, glass works by Seattle artist Dale Chihuly, and an explosion of color from Raoul Dufy. The 17-acre (7-hectare) garden is usually open for strolling, except during outdoor concerts, picnics, or theater productions. The museum shop often has items from Memphis' Great Wonders exhibits!
Memphis Botanic Garden is a collection of gardens that covers over 96 acres (39 hectares) in East Memphis. The lovely Japanese garden, with its bridges, ponds and goldfish is a favorite with visitors, who come for the candlelight evening tours in the summer. In the spring, the Ketchum Iris Garden glows with a myriad of colors, while the Municipal Rose Garden is at its best in May, June, and September. There is even a Sensory Garden that is designed to appeal to all five senses.
The Goldsmith Civic Garden Center provides resources for local gardeners, as well as showcases art and horticultural exhibits. A permanent collection of Boehm porcelain is worth a visit in itself and you may find an iris show or herb plant sale going on as well. The staff in the well stocked library of books on plants and gardening, can offer advice on everything from what plants do well in the hot Memphis summers to what the best flowers are for attracting hummingbirds to your garden.
Near the University of Memphis and the Oak Court Mall, Audubon Park offers several recreational facilities, including a golf course, playground, tennis courts, a soccer field and picnic areas. The jogging trails are popular with local residents, and several family groups and other organizations hold large picnics here each year. On certain weekends, an additional attraction is the chance to watch a local group act out medieval battles, complete with costumes and realistic props.
Al-Noor Mosque a Muslim Student Association of Memphis is a Muslim place of worship in Memphis. Along with the prayers that are held five times a day, they also utilize the premises for teaching the Holy Book (Koran), to the children and youth. The Student Association not only looks after the overall development of the students but also reaches out and actively participate in social service of the community. Ceremonies like birth, marriage and the last rites are performed at the Mosque.
Under the leadership of musical director Michael Ching, Opera Memphis has developed a reputation for its excellent productions of the classics while also promoting new and innovative American operas. Performances, staged in the restored Orpheum Theater at the end of Beale Street, have featured guest artists such as Kallen Esperian as well as stars from the Met. Musicians from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra accompany the opera. The Orpheum Theatre, located 203 South Main Street, is the site of excellent performances by notable theatre personalities.
This museum is housed in the Georgian marble home built in the 1920s by Clarence Sanders, founder of the Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain. Sanders never got to live here, and the city transformed the site into a complex of attractions, including the Sharpe Planetarium and an IMAX theater. The Pink Palace's exhibits cover topics ranging from dinosaurs to the Civil War, and from the early Spanish explorers to the evolution of medical research in Memphis.
Tired of putting people, especially kids, to sleep with droning lectures in a dark room and trying to compete with the IMAX theater next door? This planetarium has spiced up its shows with laser lights and music from bands such as the Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam and Pink Floyd. There is even an Elvis show during Elvis Week in August. During special meteorological events, such as meteor showers, the planetarium staff sets up telescopes on the front lawn and encourages visitors to bring their families as well as a picnic dinner.
Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest in the country, spanning 4500 acres (1821 hectares). Come here to experience tranquility mingled with awe as you explore the great outdoors. The park is home to a herd of bison and many other species of animals. Though once a working farm, now it serves as a favorite recreational spot to many. So go ahead and ride, bike, hike, fish or row!
The wonderful Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church located at 573 North Highland holds the regular services and programs to spread its teachings but is more popularly known for organizing and hosting the famous Memphis Greek Festival. Through this, people are not only introduced to Greek culture but also are entertained all the same. The church has varied groups and organizations that seek the betterment of the society. If you desire some peace and quiet, you might as well enter this place. Check the website for more information.