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Lichterman Nature Center
Ranked #82 of 156 things to do in Memphis
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

We were on vacation with our 2 children (10 & 12 yrs old) There is an entrance fee into the nature center, but it all goes to a good cause. We also purchased the fish food. That turned out to be a lot of fun. When you get to the lake, you get bombarded with Canada Geese, Slider Turtles, and fish. A must. The map that the center gives you is not the best, but the signs along the trail work out just fine. The highlight of the trip was seeing a family of racoon living on the forest bottom. They were located along the tree top /forest boardwalk. They were too cute. The kids also loved to sit and watch the birds fly in and out and try to guess what type they were. It was a lot of fun and a wonderful place.

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Reviewed July 4, 2012

I LOVE this place- it's a great accomplishment to have a place as diverse and open to wild animals as Lichterman in the middle of a city like Memphis, where cars own the streets and everyone's coming or going. The landscapes are beautiful and the different facilities- from the gardening to the wildlife center- are really impressive. It's definitely a place to visit.

1  Thank Monique S
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

There are many attractions in Memphis, and I found out about the Lichterman Nature Center while visiting the new Tennessee Welcome Center in downtown Memphis, which is easy to reach when you take the first exit off of the I-40 Bridge as you are coming in from Arkansas. Although many people would prefer to see Elvis Presley's home, or Beale Street, etc., I have made many trips to Memphis, and have seen many of the sights, but I had never visited this nature center before, and the thought of taking a nice stroll through the Tennessee woods, and enjoying nature, while still in the city of Memphis intrigued me. It's located on the southeast side of the city, just east of I-240, and surprisingly about a mile from the headquarters of International Paper on Poplar Avenue. The park is fairly new, and very well kept up. At the large, new visitor center I found exhibits about the history of the nature center, and how it developed from a private estate, once owned by the founder of the Piggly Wiggly Supermarket chain, and the wealthy Lichterman family, into a public park. There were different sections to visit. The area to the east contained several acres of woods, with various trails to follow. I enjoyed this quiet area, and noted the various types of hardwood trees that grow in this part of Tennessee. Another section took me through a meadow, with the various types of grasses, etc. that can be found in this area. Finally, the eastern part had several lakes, which you could walk around, or cross on bridges and boardwalks. What was interesting were the information markers along the trail around the lakes, that detailed the history of Memphis, and the problem the city had in the 19th Century with the lack of fresh water, sewage, and the various swamps around the city that bred mosquitoes and led to terrible epidemics of yellow fever, that killed thousands. It was only around 1900 that they discovered there was fresh water underground in a deep aquifer that could supply the city with fresh drinking water, and the swamps could be drained to control the mosquito population, and make the yellow fever epidemics a thing of the past. The development of the city water and sanitation department enabled Memphis to grow into the large and unique city that it is today. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Lichterman Nature Center and I was glad I had stopped to see what it was about.

3  Thank TallTexWally
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

There's not really much to see or do around this place...

Thank Carlos Z
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

Enjoyed the Center. Has alot to offer children. Good activites and brings meaning to alot of nature exhibits.

Thank CDavi72404
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