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Tom Lee Park

This waterfront park on the edge of downtown Memphis offers paved walking paths, a tranquil atmosphere and stunning views.

Tom Lee Park is an ideal place to pack a picnic and lounge on the banks of the Mississippi. The tranquil atmosphere makes it an excellent escape from the fast-paced nature of the city.

Time your visit for late in the day and watch the sun set over the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge. There is more than a mile of paved walking paths with benches at strategic vantage points along the way so take your time and enjoy the views.

Admire the Tom Lee Memorial, a bronze sculpture that honors the park’s namesake. In 1925, Tom Lee came to the rescue when the steamboat M.E. Norman capsized in the Mississippi. Although Lee could not swim he was able to save 32 lives by ferrying victims to shore on his small fishing boat. The local hero’s deed has been immortalized by sculptor David Alan Clark.

If you can, plan your visit around Memphis in May. This is a monthlong event that transforms Tom Lee Park into a hub of music and culture. The Beale Street Music Festival is the highlight of the celebration and showcases performances by both internationally renowned artists and local acts. Each year the festival’s theme is centered around a different country. The event enables you to explore the food, music and traditions from cultures all over the world - right in the heart of Memphis. Memphis in May wraps up with Sunset Symphony. Sit alongside the waterfront and listen to Memphis Symphony Orchestra perform classical pieces.

Located just a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) from downtown, at the end of Beale Street the park is easily accessible yet feels like it’s miles from the city. If you’re on foot, head to the northern tip of the park to stroll along the legendary Beale Street. The “Home of the Blues is filled with museums, nightclubs, concert venues and restaurants.

The free parking spaces fill up quickly, so it is better to walk from downtown. Whether you choose to watch the boats go by from one of the park's benches or stroll along the paved pathways, it is an ideal place to get outside and join the locals.


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DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown $126
DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown

DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown

185 Union Ave, Memphis, TN
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AutoZone Park, FedEx Forum, and Beale Street. Orpheum Theatre and Fire Museum of Memphis are also within 10 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 19 minutes by foot.

    Hu. Hotel $169
    Hu. Hotel

    Hu. Hotel

    79 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Court Square, Fire Museum of Memphis, and Orpheum Theatre. Beale Street and Memphis Cook Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 19 minutes by foot.

      Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street $164
      Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street

      Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street

      175 Peabody Pl, Memphis, TN
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Handy Park, Beale Street, and FedEx Forum. Orpheum Theatre and Fire Museum of Memphis are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 17 minutes by foot.

        La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Downtown $129
        La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Downtown

        La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Downtown

        310 Union Ave, Memphis, TN
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AutoZone Park and FedEx Forum. Sun Studio and Beale Street are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 24 minutes by foot.

          Big Cypress Lodge $205
          Big Cypress Lodge

          Big Cypress Lodge

          1 Bass Pro Drive, Memphis, TN
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Memphis, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Memphis Pyramid, Orpheum Theatre, and Beale Street. Sun Studio and Memphis Zoo are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            The Westin Memphis Beale Street $170
            The Westin Memphis Beale Street

            The Westin Memphis Beale Street

            170 Lt Geo W Lee Ave, Memphis, TN
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is steps from Gibson Guitar Museum and Beale Street. FedEx Forum and Orpheum Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 13 minutes by foot.

              Stay Alfred on South Front Street $76
              Stay Alfred on South Front Street

              Stay Alfred on South Front Street

              266 S Front St., Memphis, TN
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Memphis, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Orpheum Theatre, Beale Street, and Beale Street Landing. FedEx Forum and National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 11 minutes by foot.

                Vista Inn & Suites -Downtown- Memphis
                Vista Inn & Suites -Downtown- Memphis

                Vista Inn & Suites -Downtown- Memphis

                265 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Memphis, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of AutoZone Park, FedEx Forum, and Beale Street. Orpheum Theatre and Fire Museum of Memphis are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 22 minutes by foot.