Memphis's answer to New York's Central Park, 342-acre Overton contains the Memphis Zoo, the Brooks Museum of Art and the iconic Overton Park band shell. The century-old zoo is one of America's best, with 3,500 animals, from penguins to hippos. Don't miss the zoo's stars, giant pandas Le Le and Ya Ya. The art museum, Tennessee's largest, has collections ranging from ancient Greek sculptures to photo exhibits on the history of rock-'n'-roll. The band shell, site of Elvis's first-ever concert in 1954, recently reopened under the new name "Levitt Shell." It offers free concerts throughout the summer. There's also a terrific arboretum and miles of walking trails, a welcome respite from gritty downtown Memphis.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM
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