Enjoy an autumn of all-encompassing family fun, whether in the form of nature, food, cars or crafts! West Tennessee provides the perfect balance of low-key, high-impact adventure.
To commemorate and celebrate the grand opening of Shelby Farms' new amenities at Patriot Lake—including a "Wheelhouse" bike rental spot, The Kitchen Bistro and Kitchenette restaurants, state-of-the-art boating and walking trails—the Park has paralleled free, family-friendly events throughout September. Daily activities include outdoor Zumba, children's storytelling, Opera performances, and flower craft classes. Food trucks and music performances are regular weekend park partners.
An 841-acre park on the western shore of the Tennessee River, the Paris Landing State Park is the perfect location for water sports—fishing, boating, swimming, waterskiing—as well as land activities from a newly-renovated golf course to family-friendly camping sites. Be on the lookout for deer, turkey, fox and coyote on the grounds, especially as the leaves begin to change this autumn.
(Credit: Big River Crossing)
Opening Oct. 22, the entire family can cross the Mississippi River from Memphis, Tennessee to West Memphis, Arkansas by foot or bike. The Big River Crossing is a free public asset that will show a never-before-seen view of the rolling river and iconic Memphis skyline. A picnic on Tom Lee Park followed by a bridge-bound sunset sounds like the perfect fall family weekend highlight.
With action-packed automobiles for all ages, Jackson's movie car museum welcomes narratives and nuances of a car collection of more than 50 models by Rusty Robinson. Stop in for a spin before enjoying some outdoors time at Natchez Trace State Park.