Memphis Sports & RecreationWith more than 160 parks, Memphis has the space and facilities to provide recreation for its citizens and visitors. Sprawling 342-acre Overton Park contains the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Memphis Zoo as well as a nine-hole golf course, a lake, picnic grounds and walking trails.
Golfers have a choice of public golf courses, including Links at Audubon, 4160 Park Ave., (901) 683-6941; Links at Davy Crockett, 4382 Range Line Rd., (901) 358-3375; Links at Fox Meadows, 3064 Clarke Rd., (901) 362-0232; Links at Galloway, 3815 Walnut Grove Rd., (901) 685-7805; Links at Pine Hill, 1005 Alice Ave.; (901) 775-9434; Quail Ridge, 4055 Altruria Rd., (901) 386-6951; and Stonebridge, 3049 Davies Plantation Rd. in Lakeland, (901) 382-1886. Also in Memphis are more than 100 public tennis courts, including Leftwich Tennis Center, 4145 Southern Ave., (901) 685-7907.
The city's premier recreation area is the Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, north of town near Millington. Opportunities for biking, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, boating, camping and hiking are all available.
The 1,138-acre T.O. Fuller State Park is at the southern city limits. This park has a swimming pool, a picnic area and more than 8 miles of self-guiding nature trails; for more information phone (901) 543-7581.
Shelby Farms Park, a 4,500-acre park northeast of Memphis off I-40 at 7171 Mullins Station Rd., offers biking, fishing and horseback riding and has nature paths, a playground, an amphitheater, a 50-acre bison range, an 18-hole disc golf course, a zipline course, a paved multi-use promenade and a 10-mile urban trail. More than 20 bodies of water include popular Pine Lake and Hyde Lake. A visitor center, 6903 Great View Dr. N., is open daily; a bistro cafe is located in the FedEx Event Center. Paddleboat, canoe, kayak, paddleboard and bicycle rentals are available. A Water Play Sprayground is open in summer; phone (901) 767-7275.
Live and simulcast greyhound and Thoroughbred racing can be found at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, 1550 N. Ingram Blvd. in West Memphis, Ark. (pari-mutuel betting is illegal in Tennessee); phone 800-467-6182.
Although not a spectator sport, another form of betting has become a popular recreational activity with Memphians. Many citizens enjoy traveling just south of town to Tunica, Miss., off US 61, where a small city of casinos, some dockside, offers gambling and entertainment.
The baseball tradition is upheld by the Memphis Redbirds, a farm club of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Redbirds play at AutoZone Park at 200 Union Ave.; phone (901) 721-6000. Major sports facilities include the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and Fairgrounds, (901) 729-4344, and Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., home to the Mississippi RiverKings of the Southern Professional Hockey League; for ticket information phone (662) 342-1755.
The NBA's Memphis Grizzlies and University of Memphis Tigers play basketball at the FedExForum, 191 Beale St. at Third Street. For Grizzlies tickets phone (800) 462-2849; for Tigers tickets phone (901) 678-2331.
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
State sales tax is 7 percent; occupancy tax is 6 percent; and Memphis sales tax is 2.25 percent, for a combined lodging tax of 15.25 percent.
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Baptist Memorial Hospital, (901) 226-5000; Delta Medical Center, (877) 627-4395; Methodist North Hospital, (901) 516-5200; Methodist South Hospital, (901) 516-3700; Regional Medical Center at Memphis, (901) 545-7100; Saint Francis Hospital, (901) 765-1000.
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Discounts are offered to AAA members by Hertz, (901) 345-5680 or (800) 654-3131.
Amtrak offers passenger service from Central Station, 545 S. Main St.; phone (901) 526-0052 or (800) 872-7245.
The Greyhound bus station is at 3033 Airways Blvd.; phone (800) 231-2222.
The major company is Yellow Cab, (901) 577-7777. Fares are metered, with the basic rate $3.80 for the first mile, then $1.80 for each additional mile. One dollar is added for each additional passenger. A $3 surcharge is added to fares originating from the airport.
Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) buses operate Mon.-Fri. 4:30 a.m.-11:15 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. and holidays 8-5. Base fare is $1.75, with increases for zones outside city limits; a day pass can be purchased for $3.50, and covers unlimited bus rides. Ages 65+, students and the physically impaired pay reduced rates with a special MATA ID card. Park 'n' Ride service is available at multiple locations within the city. Not all routes operate nights and Sundays.