Fun, Fall, Family: Where to Spend Autumn in West Tennessee

Fun, Fall, Family: Where to Spend Autumn in West Tennessee

West Tennessee provides the perfect balance of low-key, high-impact adventure.

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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.

SHELBY FARMS "HEART OF THE PARK" 30 DAYS OF CELEBRATION

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.

PARIS LANDING STATE PARK

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.

BIG RIVER CROSSING

(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.

RUSTY'S TV AND MOVIE CARS MUSEUM

Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum
Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum

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.