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101 Things To Do In Memphis #43: Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park

by Melissa Thompson

11/22 through 12/28

  • Closed on Monday, November 26
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 6pm-9pm | Friday-Saturday: 6pm-10pm
  • Cost: $20 per car | $50 per van | $150 per bus
  • Special Theme Nights:
    • November 29: Tacky Sweater Night ($5 off)
    • December 3: Run Walk Bike ($5 per person); Starry Nights closed to cars
    • December 6: Decorate Your Car Night ($5 off)
    • December 6:  Member Night (Free Petting Zoo entry + free s’more kit.  Must show Member ID)
    • December 10: Walkin + Woofin ($5 per person; free for four-legged friends!): Starry Nights closed to cars
    • December 13: Scout Night ($5 off)

By and photo credit: http://www.shelbyfarmspark.org/starry-nights

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This summer pair the beauty of Shelby Farms Park with cocktails and treats. 

 

Summer is now in full swing, but with temps scorching and schedules filling up with plans, it can be hard to find some time to sit and relax. Canoes and Cocktails happening at Shelby Farms Park seeks to remedy this. Starting close to sunset each night, participants can join a relaxing and guided paddle on Hyde Lake concluded with cocktails and farm-to-table treats on the AutoZone Front Porch. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent one at the Hyde Lake Boathouse. 

 

Details 

  • When: June 28th, July 19th & 26th (6pm) 

  • Where: Hyde Lake @ Shelby Farms Park, 6903 Great View Drive North 
     

Get tickets here. 

  • Individual: 

  • $40 for Park Members | $45 for nonmembers 

  • Couples: 

  • $70 for Park Members | $75 for nonmembers 

  • 4-Pack: 

  • $150 for package of all four events (single) 

  • $300 for package of all four events (pair) 

  • Boat Rental Pricing for these events: 

  • Single Kayak: $10 

  • Stand-up Paddle Board: $12 

  • Double Kayak: $15 

  • Canoe: $15 

 

By and photo credit: https://choose901.com/shelby-farms-park-canoes-and-cocktails-happening-this-summer/ 

 

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #95: Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park

by Melissa Thompson
Starry Nights is the largest holiday light show and festival in the Mid-South.  It's also the longest running celebration at Shelby Farms Park. The magic of the holidays is brought to life through the drive-through display of twinkling holiday light displays, cozy campfires and visits with Santa.  Each year, over 100,000 visitors cruise through the lights of Starry Nights making it an annual tradition for families.  Now in its 9th consecutive year, Starry Nights is the Conservancy’s largest fundraiser.  Since 2009, Starry Nights has been enjoyed by more than 900,000 visitors!

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIMES?
Open nightly through December 29, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Sunday - Thursday: 6pm-9pm | Friday + Saturday | 6pm-10pm

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?
$20 per car | $15 for Park Members
$50 per large van and limo 
$150 per charter bus or school bus  

WHERE CAN I GET TICKETS?
1. Save time in line and pre-purchase your tickets at the Lake’s Edge Gift Shop.
2. Purchase tickets in advance at ticketmaster.com.
3. Tickets available at the ticket booth the night of the show.

WHERE DO I ENTER THE PARK?
If you have pre-purchased your tickets, enter through Gate 10 off of Mullins Station Road.
If you need to purchase tickets, enter through the Main Gate off Farm Road.

WHEN ARE THE DISCOUNTED THEME NIGHTS?
Participants receive a $5 discount per car on tickets purchased at the gate.

November 30: Tacky Holiday Sweater Night
December 7: Decorate Your Car + Park Member Night + Movie Night
December 14: Scout Night

WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER SPECIAL NIGHTS?

December 4: Run, Walk, Bike Night (closed to cars) | $5 per person
Parking will be located at the First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center.
Hyde Lake Wheel House will be open for bike rentals!   
Free Starry Yoga at 7:15pm

December 8: Trivia Hike 7pm + 8pm - Take a hike around Hyde Lake and answer holiday trivia questions to win a prize!  Meet at the front desk in the First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center. 

December 11: Walkin’ + Woofin’ Night (closed to cars) | $5 per person
Sponsored by Memphis Veterinary Specialists
Hyde Lake Wheel House will be open for bike rentals!
Free Starry Yoga at 7:15

December 15: Nocturnal Nature Hike 7pm + 8pm - Enjoy a hike through Heart of the Park and learn about nocturnal animals in the Park. Meet at the front desk in the First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center. 

December 22: Holiday Story Hike 7pm + 8pm - Enjoy a walk through Heart of the Park while enjoying a holiday story. Meet at the front desk in the First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center. 

December 29: Mystery Hike 7pm + 8pm - Someone has eaten Santa's cookies.  Use clues from your guide to determine who did it.  Was it Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, Santa's Elves or Frosty the Snowman? Meet at the front desk in the First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center. 
Download a Starry Nights calendar here.

By and photo credit: http://www.shelbyfarmspark.org/starry-nights

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #87: Shelby Farms Greenline

by Melissa Thompson

Shelby Farms Greenline is a 10.65 mile paved, urban trail that connects pedestrians and cyclists in Midtown Memphis through Shelby Farms Park to Cordova.  The Greenline is a rails-to-trails project that transformed an unused railroad line into one of Tennessee's favorite trails.

The Greenline runs from Tillman Street at Walnut Grove Road in Midtown to B Street at Macon Road in Cordova.  There are access points at Tillman Street, HIghland Street, High Point Terrace, Graham Street, Waring Road, Podesta Street, Sycamore View, Farm Road at Mullins Station Road, Whitten Road, Appling Road, Raleigh LaGrange Road, Germantown Parkway, Cully Road, A Street, and B Street / Macon Road at the Cordova Depot.

If you want to hit the trail on a bicycle, bring your own or visit our Greenline Bike Rentals.

Shelby Farms Greenline doesn't run on tax dollars -- it runs on support from the community! Thanks to help from corporate supporters like Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics which sponsors mile markers along the trail, and individual contributions from Park Members and donors, the trail is thriving, but we could still use your help! To help ensure that the trail you love has a bright future, become a Park Member today or register to run the Greenline Half Marathon + 5K

By and photo credit: http://www.shelbyfarmspark.org/shelby-farms-greenline

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #40: Orion Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park

by Melissa Thompson

New Lights, More Nights! Make sure to visit Orion Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park, opening November 18th thru December 27th!

Starry Nights is the biggest holiday light show and festival in the region, and it also powers the Park! It is a Mid-South tradition. Thousands of LEDs illuminate the night sky and this year, new lights and more nights means more holiday fun! Starry Nights is more than a show--it's an experience.

Experience Starry Nights in a new light every night! Ride in style on an enchanted, horse-drawn carriage or hayride! Decorating your car or wearing your favorite holiday sweater offers you fun ways to earn a $5 discount on tickets on special theme nights! Grab a cup of hot chocolate while you visit Santa, do some holiday shopping with local artisans, visit the Starry Petting Zoo, and even ride a camel in Mistletoe Village. Afterward, gather around a cozy campfire and roast s'mores while you listen to carols in the village on the Starry Stage. Discounts are only valid on specific dates.

All proceeds from Orion Starry Nights benefit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, the nonprofit organization that manages and operates Shelby Farms Park + Shelby Farms Greenline.

Purchase tickets ahead of time! You can skip the line at the main entrance (Walnut Grove) and enter through the VIP gate on Mullins Station Road. Buy Tickets Here!

Maybe you are interested in volunteering. Click here to become a part of the magic of Starry Nights.

For more information, visit the website or contact Natalie Wilson, Events Manager at nwilson@shelbyfarmspark.org or (901) 222-7267.

 

By and photo credit: shelbyfarmspark.org/starrynights​

101 Things To Do In Memphis #36: Spooky Nights at Shelby Farms Park

by Melissa Thompson

ARE YOU UP FOR A SCARE?

Spooky Nights is a spook-tacular event that supports Shelby Farms Park Conservancy! 

FRIDAYS + SATURDAYS | SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 29, 2016

 

Spooky Nights is open rain or shine unless otherwise noted for inclement weather. Inclement weather closing will be announced on Facebook, Twitter and on this web page.

HAUNTED TRAIL (AGES 12+): $12 PER PERSON

The Pine Forest of Shelby Farms Park is transformed into the only haunted trail in Memphis! Are you brave enough to handle over 1 mile of scares? 

ZOMBIE PAINTBALL HAYRIDE (ALL AGES): $20 PER PERSON | $25 FOR ZOMBIE TRUCK

Experience a new attraction at Spooky Nights that is sure to scare up some fun! Climb aboard a trailer that is specially outfitted with paintball equipment and try to conquer zombies! Don't worry--the zombies aren't coordinated enough to use the paintball equipment, so you'll have the upper hand! For more information, click here.

HEADLESS HORSEMAN HAYRIDES: $8 PER PERSON

Take a family-friendly hayride through the Park, but be on the lookout for the legend himself!

NEW! PHANTOM ZORBS: $10 ZORB RIDE | $5 KNOCKERBALLS

Don't miss this new addition to Spooky Nights! Knock down zombies and monsters as you roll down the haunted hill in the glowing phantom zorb. 

PUMPKIN DECORATING: $7 PER LARGE PUMPKIN | $5 PER SMALL PUMPKIN

Get creative in our craft corner!

SPOOKY FOOD TRUCKS: PRICES VARY

Want to chow down on some creepy-crawlies or sip on some witch's brew? Check out the creative treats that our vendors are cooking up!

TRUNK OR TREAT ON OCTOBER 29

Little ghosts and goblins are invited to go trick or treating in safe environment during Spooky Nights. Treats will be provided Memphis + Shelby County EMS. Costumes are highly encouraged! 

Starts at 7pm - until the treats are gone! 

 

By and photo credit: shelbyfarmspark.org

101 Things To Do In Memphis #38: Orion Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

If you aren’t too stuffed from Thanksgiving Dinner, make sure to visit Orion Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park! Open November 21st thru December 28th, including Thanksgiving Day!

Orion Starry Nights is a Mid-South tradition. More than 1.5 million lights illuminate the night sky in the largest holiday light show and festival in the Mid-South. But Starry Nights is more than a show–it’s an experience. This year’s show features 14 new displays that celebrate some of the most iconic places in Memphis, as well as revamped versions of annual favorites.

Experience Starry Nights in a new light every night! Ride in style on an enchanted, horse-drawn carriage or hayride! Decorating your car or wearing your favorite holiday sweater offers you fun ways to earn a $5 discount on tickets on special theme nights! Grab a cup of hot chocolate while you visit Santa, do some holiday shopping with local artisans, visit the Starry Petting Zoo, and even ride a camel in Mistletoe Village. Afterward, gather around a cozy campfire and roast s’mores while you listen to carols in the village on the Starry Stage. Discounts are only valid on specific dates.

All proceeds from Orion Starry Nights benefit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, the nonprofit organization that manages and operates Shelby Farms Park + Shelby FarmsGreenline.

Purchase tickets ahead of time! You can skip the line at the main entrance (Walnut Grove) and enter through the VIP gate on Mullins Station Road. Buy Tickets Here!

Maybe you are interested in volunteering. Click here to become a part of the magic of Starry Nights.

For more information, visit the website or contact Natalie Wilson, Events Manager at nwilson@shelbyfarmspark.org or (901) 222-7267.

101 Things To Do in Memphis #35: Shelby Farms Park

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

 

Shelby Farms Park
Shelby Farms Park is conveniently located in the center of Shelby County, making it an alluring attraction for the entire region. With more than one million visits a year, the Park is a popular destination for locals, a regional draw and a tourist attraction. New pedestrian connections like the Shelby Farms Greenline, Wolf River Pedestrian Bridge and Wolf River Greenway have dramatically increased accessibility.

Shelby Farms Park is one of the twenty largest urban parks in the United States.  At a size of 4,500 acres, it covers more than five times the area of New York's Central Park. Lakes, natural forests, and wetlands provide natural habitats for many smaller species close to an urban metropolitan area. Wildlife can be observed in their natural environment from the many trails in the park. Shelby Farms Park is also home to a bison herd!

Shelby Farms park is bustling with activity - walkers and joggers on forest paths or paved surfaces; off-road cyclists headed for hidden forest trails and road cyclists cruising, equestrians putting their horses through paces; visitors riding at the Stables; athletes training for the Greenline Half Marathon; picnickers reclining on blankets; boatball members congregating on Patriot Lake; parties and reunions being enjoyed at shelters; and delighted children exploring the Woodland Discovery Playground. There is something for everyone at Shelby Farms

To learn more about Shelby Farms Park visit their website, http://shelbyfarmspark.org/ or call (901) 767-7275.  Don’t miss this urban oasis!

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