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Memphis is a large and populous city with a rich history and the welcoming feel of a small town. Depending on where you’re spending time in Memphis, there’s a wide assortment of things to do, restaurants to visit, shopping opportunities, tours, museums and more. If you’re wondering “What can I do in East Memphis?” let this list be your guide.

Things to do in East Memphis

Although East Memphis is more of a residential area than the hubs of entertainment in the downtown or midtown areas, its lush neighborhoods offer up some of Memphis’ finest food, not to mention opportunities to explore expansive outdoor spaces and absorb Memphis culture.

Speaking of food, top-rated restaurants in East Memphis include Folk’s Folly, Mosa, Hog and Hominy by chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman and Circa by John Bragg. To make sure you get a table at one of these hot spots, call ahead to make reservations.

In addition to offering excellent cuisine, East Memphis is a fantastic place to tour with the kids. Many of its attractions are family-friendly and educational—not to mention free of charge, which is good news for families looking to minimize vacation expenses. If you’re planning a trip to East Memphis, be sure to visit the following:

  • Wolf River Greenway Trail: Looking to hit the trail, bond and burn off some calories from lunch while exploring the outdoors? The Wolf River Greenway Trail runs about 1.67 miles, is located along the Wolf River and connects to Shelby Farms Park and the Germantown trails.
  • Shelby Farms Park: Speaking of Shelby Farms Park, this lush and expansive attraction has 4,500 acres of ground to cover, so pack a picnic and go for it! For a nominal fee, you and your family can enjoy horseback riding and paddle boating. Other options include taking in the beautiful Wolf River, hitting the playgrounds, relaxing by the lake, exploring the woods and more.
  • University of Memphis Art Museum: This art museum is free to the public, with permanent exhibits that include collections of antique Egyptian and African art, as well as contemporary displays that are updated regularly.
  • Dixon Gallery & Gardens/Memphis Botanic Garden: These two botanical expanses are located within walking distance of each other and collectively feature a children’s garden, horseback riding, fishing and more. A bonus for those without their own transportation in Memphis: You can catch the Greenline back into town at the end of your day.
  • Theatre Memphis: The members of this community theatre group thrive on entertaining local residents, interacting with audience members and providing community opportunities to entertain and teach. Check out a production or two, and if you’re in town at the right time, why not participate in one of the educational workshops offered throughout the year?
  • Audubon Park: This park offers 373 acres of outdoor and indoor fun in the form of a fitness trail, two picnic areas, play equipment for outdoor activities, outdoor and indoor tennis courts, and an 18-hole golf course (note that golfing requires an additional fee).

When visiting East Memphis, take the time to truly enjoy all that this Memphis region has to offer.

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