Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country, and its 4,500 acres offer a range of activities for visitors to enjoy. Here’s a list of some of our favorites.
Fishing, boating and more
Shelby Farms Park is home to more than 20 lakes where individuals can partake in fishing (look out for catfish and largemouth bass), canoeing, paddle-boating and kayaking. If you’re more into relaxation than action, why not take advantage of a park package that bundles a calming time on Hyde Lake with cocktails and delicious treats afterward?
For visitors with children, the park’s two playgrounds are not to be missed. The woodland discovery playground, which has won international awards for its innovative design, offers six different play nests for children of all ages to explore and play. And when the temperature spikes, look no further than the water play spray ground, complete with a water tunnel and spray jets for kids to splash around supervised. Why bear the intense heat all summer long when you can cool off at this playground?
Whether you enjoy a long day at the lake or spend time on the playground, you’re sure to work up an appetite at Shelby Farms Park—and the kitchen bistro and the kitchenette are here for you! The kitchen bistro overlooks Hyde Lake, allowing you to enjoy a sit-down meal with a view, while the kitchenette offers quick bites for those who want to eat on the go.
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Hiking and biking
Shelby Farms Park contains more than 40 miles of trails where visitors can walk, run, hike and bike alone or with family and friends. This is the ideal place for taking time to discover and explore nature when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of Memphis.
Paintball and laser tag
Paintball and laser tag at Shelby Farms Park can be a fun activity for everyone from a small family to a large group. Don’t have your own gear? No problem—equipment is available, and the vast 10-acre outdoor space means you can expect the games to get exciting. Players are divided according to their age and skill level, making this an inclusive activity for all ages.
Zip-lining, swinging and climbing
Shelby Farms Park has an outdoor adventure course where visitors can zip-line, swing or climb through trees—after taking an instructional course on safety, that is. With obstacles that include rope ladders, bridges and swings, get ready to unleash your inner Tarzan!
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Venue is one of the most important considerations when it comes to hosting an event. With this in mind, Shelby Farms Park offers distinct indoor and outdoor venues for any type of event, including banquets, concerts and weddings.
Shelby Farm Park offers horseback riding for people of all ages, with experienced guides on hand. Ponies are a favorite of younger visitors, but people of all ages can enjoy a ride through the peaceful surroundings. In addition to the already affordable price, there is a 10 percent horseback riding discount for park members.
Ever played disc golf? If not, Shelby Farms Park is a great venue for your first experience, thanks to the 18-hole disc golf course on the grounds. Instead of using golf balls, players use discs to aim for golf baskets.
Shelby Farms Park offers a variety of outdoor activities to choose from. There’s something for everyone—which is your favorite?
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