Midtown Memphis is Bursting with Things to Do

 | The Parkview Memphis

The Midtown Memphis area is an ideal destination for a vibrant Independent Living community like the historic and beautiful Parkview Memphis, a Starling senior living community. This local landmark is conveniently surrounded by a plethora of culture-rich amenities and opportunities to explore. It also overlooks Overton Park, a 342-acre public park that contains an array of natural and cultural destinations for visitors of all ages.

In addition to the packed calendar of social events offered by The Parkview Memphis, Overton Park keeps a full calendar of events, featuring music, hiking, and even Tai Chi. The opportunities for you and your loved ones to explore the area are endless. We’ve provided some of our favorite nearby amenities and attractions worth checking out next time you’re looking for a day out.

Memphis Zoo

Located in Overton Park, the Memphis Zoo is just a stone’s throw away from The Parkview; and as an added bonus, our residents get free admission! The zoo has many worlds to explore, like Cat Country, the Pelican Pool, or the Northwest Passage. With more than 3,500 animals that call the zoo home, there’s something for everyone.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

In addition to free admission at the Memphis Zoo, our residents also receive free admission to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the oldest and largest art museum in the state of Tennessee.  Also located within neighboring Overton Park, the museum aims to transform lives through the power of art. It offers audio tours and features a delicious cafe so you can fill your stomach after you get your fill of art.

Levitt Shell

Overton Park’s Levitt Shell brings more than 50 free concerts to the community each year. It was built by the City of Memphis and the depression-era Works Progress Admission (WPA). Of the 27 band shells built by the WPA, the Levitt Shell is one of only a few still standing. The Levitt Shell was also home to the “first-ever rock-and-roll show” in 1947 when Elvis Presley was an opening act before Slim Whitman.

Links at Overton Park

Built in 1912, Links at Overton Park is a 9-hole, 2,222-yard, par-34 golf course that winds through Overton Park and is one of the most popular in the area. Golfers will love playing in one of the oldest parks in Memphis.

Rainbow Lake Playground

Visiting grandchildren will love Rainbow Lake Playground. According to its website, kids of all ages can “climb to great heights, exercise their imaginations, and bring creativity into their play.” This playground has “two large climbing structures; a Big Green Mound with a hollow tree tunnel, slide, and sand pit; swingsets; chess tables; an old-fashioned merry-go-round; a do-it-yourself building area; and two noise-making sculptures.” It even features a Little Free Library with books for anyone needing a break from playing — a great way to relax under the big, gorgeous trees shading seating areas.

Formal Gardens

Also located in Overton Park, the Formal Gardens are filled with native plants and stunning crape myrtle trees. Take a stroll, or book the beautiful setting for an intimate wedding ceremony, a family reunion, or other special event.

Old Forest

The Old Forest at Overton Park is one of the area’s treasures. This designated arboretum features a vast variety of wildlife, and some of the trees in the forest are more than 100 years old! Old Forest features four miles of unpaved walking paths, a limestone 1.4-mile running trail, and a paved trail that’s more than a mile long.

This is just a preview of the unlimited options for excitement offered in Midtown Memphis and beyond. There’s so much more to explore!


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At Starling, we believe outstanding services don’t have to come with a premium price tag. We are here to help you find the best option for you and your family, so let us guide you through our unmatched offerings with thoughtful solutions catered to your individual needs. Contact us at 901-725-4606 or Parkview@starlingliving.com to learn more about our exceptional community and transparent pricing.