Whether you’re from another country or just down the road, we invite you to experience Paris, Tennessee. No matter the season, you’ll enjoy getting off the beaten path in rural, Northwest Tennessee – home of friendly folks with scrumptious food, memorable festivals, intriguing history and breathtaking natural areas.
Here are five things you should experience when you visit, according to Paris, Tennessee locals:
Eiffel Tower Park offers spectacular photo ops with a 70-foot-tall, lighted Eiffel Tower surrounded by family-friendly fun. Romp in the new splash park, blast down crisscrossing slides into an Olympic-size pool or spike a volleyball. Year-round excitement includes a popular playground, disc golf, pickleball/tennis, biking, hiking or casting a line in the trout pond.
Explore Downtown Paris, Tennessee
Downtown Paris delightfully blends two centuries of community history and architecture with current trends in retail and dining. Experience unique shops such as Bo & Co Boutique, Lura Lee’s of Paris or The Iron Place, a gift shop known for its whimsical Mexican iron pieces.
You can also enjoy coffee from a charming coffeehouse or a meal served by friendly, hometown entrepreneurs. Afterward, snap a picture with a whimsical catfish sculpture or mural sprinkled throughout the downtown area, then cool off at the inviting Fountain Plaza or shady courthouse lawn.
Outdoor Activities in Paris, Tennessee
Kentucky Lake and Paris Landing State Park are where the Tennessee River rolls through Kentucky Lake on its way north to the dam. At Paris Landing State Park, pitch a tent at the campground; boaters can get all their sailing needs at the marina; and you can stretch your legs on the four miles of hiking trails. Swing a golf club, rent a boat or take a swim in Paris’ part of the 652-mile Kentucky Lake. Need a snack? Delightful eateries are located on or near the water. Experience a family-friendly play date with nature at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Paddle up close to explore the shoreline, jump the waves till sunset, then relish a goodnight smore at your campsite.
Where to Eat in Paris, Tennessee
Experience a taste of Paris at authentic eateries serving meals that range from mouthwatering catfish to the tastiest barbecue in the region. Stop by Perry’s BBQ downtown, where you can find Patrick Perry and his crew loading the pit and grilling Tuesday-Saturday; or find award-winning barbecue at Trolinger's Old Fashioned Butcher Shoppe, which also has a full deli/meat counter and grocery.
Scrumptious sushi, Mai fun, shrimp pasta, hot enchiladas, pizza prepared 100 delicious ways, delectable cocktails and locally brewed beers await you, including those at PerryLogic Brewing Co., which is en route to Kentucky Lake.
In Paris, you can taste a variety of cuisines, but don’t miss Sweet Jordan’s Bakery, Restaurant and Ice Cream Shop with its abundant variety of scrumptious, homemade cookies and ice creams, plus tasty soups and sandwiches. Next door, Sweet Jordan’s Coffee Co. offers a relaxing atmosphere and a menu brimming with tempting options.
Finally, check out Ace’s Restaurant and Tom’s Pizza & Steakhouse, both favorite destinations for diners yearning for soul-satisfying, specialty pizzas or an expansive menu of classic American favorites.
There’s even more fun to be had in Paris including festivals and events, date-night ideas, family-friendly activities and more.
To start planning your Paris, Tennessee visit, contact the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Come for the Day. Come for the Weekend. Come Experience Paris!