Tennessee's heavy heat waves shouldn't prompt indoor activities. Stay outside and cool off this August at one of these West Tennessee water retreats.
MUD ISLAND RIVER PARK – Memphis
Mud Island—a museum, live entertainment venue and park—is a tourist's entry-point to Memphis and arguably one of the most beautiful lookout points of Downtown Memphis. Dip your feet in the waters of the Riverwalk, a unique real-life replica of the Mississippi River's path from its confluence with the Ohio River in Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico. The "1,000-mile" journey concludes at the gulf, represented by an acre of water that offers paddle boat or kayak relaxation against the Downtown Memphis skyline. Ample picnic spots are available for a post-water snack or lunch.
COLLIERVILLE WATER SPRAY PARK – Collierville
The 135-acre W. C. Johnson Park includes plenty of outdoor recreation and green surroundings; however, the renowned Water Spray area cools off the kids (adults may supervise) in a playful, interactive atmosphere. Free of cost and destined for summertime, the Water Spray Park features giant sprinklers, poles, arches and whimsically-designed water structures.
FISH THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER – Memphis, Paris
Catch a trophy fish on a guided fishing tour of the Mississippi River! Whether in Memphis with James "Big Cat" Patterson or Paris, Tennessee with Steve McCadams, you can bring home a crop of catfish, a crappie, or even a white bass. Grab a friend and a cooler to spend a few hours with fishing legends in West Tennessee.
THE WOLF RIVER – Memphis
(Credit: Shelby Farms)
You can paddle Shelby Farms Park lakes and the Wolf River from sunrise to sunset. Though you're welcome to bring your own kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, or non-motorized craft, guests may rent kayaks and canoes from the boathouse at Pine Lake next to Shelby Farms' Woodland Discovery Playground.