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Tom Lee Park

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Tom Lee Park is a 30-acre public park located in Memphis, Tennessee alongside the beautiful Mississippi River. It is named after Tom Lee, a brave river worker who saw a steamboat capsize in 1925 and managed to save 32 people in his skiff despite being unable to swim. The park features spectacular views of the Mississippi River that can be enjoyed while walking or cycling along its riverwalk. Tom Lee Park is a great place to take the family for a relaxing walk along Memphis' most famous natural feature and enjoy the fresh air and beauty of Tennessee.

Things to Do

  • Enjoy the scenic views of the Mississippi River! The park's riverwalk is perfect for walking, cycling, rollerblading, and running, making it fun for visitors of all ages.
  • Visit the Tom Lee Memorial, a granite obelisk dedicated to the memory of the local hero the park is named after, who eventually got to meet President Coolidge and was bought a house by the survivors of the shipwreck.
  • Bring along some food, put a blanket down on the grass, and have a picnic in the park!

Tom Lee Park Insider Tips

  • Don't miss the Beale Street Music Festival in Tom Lee Park! This three-day music festival is part of the annual Memphis in May event, and features performances by famous musicians that you won't want to miss. Recent festival performances include Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Third Eye Blind, Kid Rock, and Lupe Fiasco.
  • Another great event to attend is the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, which also takes place during the Memphis in May event. It is the world's largest pork barbecue cooking competition, featuring competitors from around the world!
  • Bring along a camera to take photos of the Mississippi River and the beautiful homes that have been built overlooking it.

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