OK, this one is WAAAYYY off the beaten path - in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Before you get too creeped out, I found this on www.roadsideamerica.com, and it looked interesting. I was not disappointed - it is a beautifully rendered man-made cave, built in 1935 by Mexican artist Dionicio Rodriguez. The grotto has beautiful quartz crystal, and has sections which illustrate the stages of "Christ's Journey on the Earth from Birth to Resurrection". The outside has a beautiful pond and garden area and signs noting it's biblical reference. It has been on National Register of Historic Places for Tennessee since 1991.
It is beautiful, and I think definitely worth a visit. The photos do not do it justice - it is quite beautiful.
Memorial Park Cemetery
5668 Poplar Avenue
I lived close to this park, and walked in it probably 4-5 times a week. My wife was going to the College of Art during the day, and alot of times we would eat at one of the close-by restaurants in Overton Square. This is the largest park in Memphis and a really nice place to picnic, walk, bike, skate or any number of other outside fun things to do!
Overton Park is the best park in Memphis. It has this air about it, it is just cool. You have playgrounds and bike trails. Within the park is an outdoor music theater called the Overton Park shell, the Memphis Zoo which includes 2 pandas, Memphis Brooks museum, and Memphis college of art. In all it is about 340 acres and you will find a melting pot of different types of people doing anything from walking the dog to groups of people playing drums. My SIL and I like to ride the bike trail and then bike over to a local bar and have a glass of wine. It is very nice.
This isn't too far off the beaten path, just a little small and non-touristy . The statue commemorates the life and achievements of Jefferson Davis, the first and only President of the Confederate States of America. You can find it in the park near the riverfront downtown.
This is a large park in the Barlett area in the suburbs of Memphis. Located at 2629 Bartlett Boulevard, this park features at walking/jogging trail, tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, and a playground.