West Tennessee is where you can find adventure in untouched nature, music icons, and even an earthquake simulator. History, culture and endless fun collide to give families an unforgettable, made in Tennessee spring break.
Discovery Park of America is a world-class museum that offers entertainment in an educational setting. With 50 acres and 70,000 square feet of exhibits ranging from nature to technology to science, the museum is home to a Human Slide, Earthquake Simulator, The Tower and the Starship Theater. Outside, enjoy gardens, 100 year-old buildings and a train station from the 1800s.
Pink Palace of Family Museums – Memphis
One of the largest facilities of its kind in the Southeast, the Pink Palace posts a replica of the first self-service grocery store, cultural and natural history exhibits, dioramas and audio-visuals. Travel through space at the AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium and catch an immersive film in the CTI 3D Giant Theater.
Ghost Section of Wolf River
If you and your family are avid kayakers or know your way around a canoe paddle, take in some fresh West Tennessee air along the Ghost Section of the Wolf River, home to some of the last natural landscape of its kind. An untouched forest ecosystem and tranquil waters wait as the cypress trees live in a shadowy pool. The trail is marked for those paddling along, discovering the natural beauty of this Tennessee location. It is advised that only skilled paddlers embark on this trail as there are branches, tree stumps and slow waters to maneuver. The whole trip can last around 4-6 hours.
Tina Turner Museum – Brownsville
The restoration of Flagg Grove School transformed Tina Turner's childhood one-room schoolhouse into a museum of the globally-known singer's accomplishments. An authentic chalkboard, desks and benches were also preserved to tell the story of education for African-American students in the 1940s and 1950s. The Queen of Rock's memorabilia is vast complete with costumes, gold records and her high school yearbook.
Mud Island River Park – Memphis
The Mud Island River Park tells the story of the Lower Mississippi River. It served as transportation during the Civil War, influenced songs and served as a guide for early settlers and Europeans. The Mud Island River Park is an exact model of the River and features 20 cities, concrete wedges that locate the main rivers that flow into the Mississippi, and a one-acre dedicated to the Gulf of Mexico that serves a pedal boat ride around the Gulf area.
Shelby Farms Park – Memphis
Did you know Memphis was home to a herd of buffalo? Get a peek at these creatures when you visit Shelby Farms Park. You can easily spend a full day at the park, participating in age-friendly activities for everyone in the family. Miles of paved and natural trails for walking and biking, BMX trails, half-hour to two-hour trail rides, a treetop course and so much more will have you laughing and enjoying West Tennessee's great outdoors. Have lunch at Cheffie's at Shelby Farms Park or Coastal Fish Company and curb cravings with snacks, cold drinks and frozen treats at the Lake's Edge Gift Shop and the Pine Lake Boat House + General Store.
Tennessee Safari Park – Alamo
You don't have to travel far for a safari. One of the largest collections of zoo animals in the state, Tennessee Safari Park is home to primates, exotic birds, cranes, tapirs, kangaroos and buffalo. Take a tour to see ostrich, emu, a reticulated giraffe, African warthog and axis deer.