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mdawne2

November 03, 2021
Rated 4.0

Decent park with a large green space area. My kids loved collecting the acorns (we visited in October/November). Playground is well-maintained but on the medium-small side (compared to some of the amazing parks in Memphis).

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November 03, 2021
Rated 5.0

Beautiful, sprawling park! Multiple playgrounds on each side of a naturally wooded area (straight though it’s about 0.5 miles one way). Dog park, zoo ($$), art museum all super close by. Well maintained. Wide open park green space with a pond. Playground next to pond is surrounded by stone wall and gate to keep children from accidentally wandering to water. Loved this park!

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November 03, 2021
Rated 5.0

For families with children of any age: this place was amazing! If I was local, I would have a yearly membership here. The beautiful gardens were amazing, yes, and beautifully kept and maintained. There are almost 30 gardens, including a Japanese garden with a Koi pond and quaint red bridge (you can buy fish food at the front desk when in season). There are formals gardens, rose garden, herb garden, so many majestic magnolia trees, etc. Multiple benches for resting spots. Very stroller and wheelchair friendly. Wishing fountains for tossing coins in.

Main highlight for the kids: “My Big Backyard” garden! ***Lots of fairly shallow water, so be careful with little children.*** Floating dock, splash pad area with “rain” coming and it flows into the “river”. There is a tree house, a maze, multiple themed playhouses (music, natural stick house, castle with catapult & dress up robes & sword in a stone, country/farm house). There is a secret passage, u-pick garden (so fun!), sand play area, and worm hill with tunnels to crawl through. Such a FUN place!

If we ever come back to Memphis, will definitely come here (with or without kids)!

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November 03, 2021
Rated 3.0

For families with kids of school-age children: most of my kids thought it was incredibly boring. Most everything is behind glass and/or not allowed to touch and interact with. A few exceptions: confederate articles (pistol, rifle, comb made of bone, metal matchbox, dress up clothing, etc); planetary and science games & interactive exhibits right inside entrance; circus playroom & pully system puzzle; & grocery lists for country store & Piggly Wiggly (hunt for items on list but not touch items). Circus room would have been a hit, except it wasn’t turned on. Not sure why so many locals suggested this place when they spoke with us.

For adults and older children that like to look & read: amazing collection of fossils, science history finds from the local area, pioneer memorabilia, confederate army memorabilia, gemstones, crystals, taxidermy birds and other local animals such as an armadillo & python skeleton, plus much much more.

The mansion itself was a bit disappointing. Many walls are very modern and dry walled with modern looking baseboards. The exterior, entryway, and windows were the only impressive parts—giant murals, giant Victorian mirror, large plastered arches.

We didn’t see any shows in the theater or planetarium ($$), so can’t vouch for any of those.

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October 25, 2021
Rated 5.0

This was a great zoo! Leopards and cheetahs, penguins and pandas, hippos and rhinos, so many animals I’ve never seen before. Great layout. Tons of shade. There were some indoor exhibits that were amazing — Komodo dragons; herpetarium (snakes, lizards, spiders, frogs, gators, crocs); tropical birds where you get to go inside the extra large cage with the birds; aquarium; & petting zoo with farm animals. We went in late October on a Friday late afternoon and were disappointed that the camel rides were closed ($5/ride). You could also touch and feed a stingray ($2 or $3) and ride a train ($?). Carousel was closed. The zoo wasn’t very busy at all, so we could take our time. It’s so big it took us 3 hours to see everything.

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October 25, 2021
Rated 5.0

Hard to believe there aren’t more reviews for this amazing park! There are miles and miles of trails (hiking, biking & rentals available), multiple playgrounds, amazing lights at Christmastime, multiple lakes (fishing & kayak rentals available). There is also horseback riding, and a treetop adventure & zip line. You could spend an entire week here and do something different every single day!

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October 19, 2021
Rated 5.0

This is an epically beautiful hike! There’s lots of variety in steepness, but definitely not as strenuous as I expected. Lots of fun big boulders to climb on for kids. Super glad we were able to do this hike in Custer State Park! I think this was the highlight of our Black Hills trip.

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October 19, 2021
Rated 5.0

Custer State Park is an amazing park all around! Wish we would have spent a day or two here and not just a hike and drive through. This tunnel was slightly terrifying to drive through! Everybody comes through slowly, so watch out for a back up of traffic!

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October 19, 2021
Rated 4.0

This is a very simple pool with a couple of extras. If it was 4 to 5 degrees warmer, it would have been perfect! But 87 is great if you are actively playing, trying the rings, basketball, laps, or the watersides. The rings felt a bit dangerous since the water isn’t deep below them! When I fell, I landed on the rocks with my feet (ouch!). The outside pool and waterside were closed October 2021, but the Jet Slide was terrifying enough! The other side was meandering enough for little kids. They also have life jackets you can use.

There are height restrictions for the rings (60”) and both slides (48” maybe?). If you are shorter than 48” you have to wear a life jacket and have someone catch up at the bottom. My 10 year old was mad he couldn’t do the rings solely based on his height.

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October 19, 2021
Rated 3.0

In active dig site, yet it was not actively being dug when we were there. My kids didn’t get to do any hands-on archaeology digging except in the kids room, which they said was lame. They give you a book and you can take yourself on the tour. Unless your kids get to take part in the active archaeology digging, it is way too expensive for what it is.

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