Often overlooked by tourists, this well-maintained, wooded nature preserve in the heart of East Memphis is one of the city's most family-friendly attractions. Open year-round, the center offers hiking trails, scientific demonstrations, and other hands-on activities on 65 acres and within its museumlike Backyard Wildlife Center. With a grassy meadow and lake as well as woods, there are plenty of educational opportunities for learning about various wildlife habitats. Lichterman is part of the Memphis Museum System, which also includes the Pink Palace and other sites. Give yourself 2 to 3 hours here.