ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Known throughout West Tennessee for its famous Halloween Haunted Farm, Medina enjoys going all out for the holidays. Every year, the community gathers in Medina’s downtown for the annual Christmas parade. On the Fourth of July, Medinans enjoy fireworks and fun activities at the Medina Community Park Sports Complex. The city also draws visitors who want to enjoy music and taste the authentic West Tennessee barbecue at the annual Downtown Medina Street Festival.
Though Medina has plenty of events and activities for family and friends alike, it is also conveniently located to three surrounding cities with additional entertainment options: Jackson, Humboldt, and Milan. Many Gibson and Madison County residents also enjoy day trips to Nashville and Memphis, which are within easy reach to the east and west of Medina.
“We chose Medina because it is so family-oriented. We are also able to live on extensive land, and that was a big deal to us. I swear I’ve never been in a prettier part of the country. I love living here. It’s quiet and is a slower pace of life than we were used to, and I love that about Medina.”
— Stephanie A., small-business owner
DINING & SHOPPING
One of the best things about small-town living is a good ole mom ‘n’ pop place and local restaurants. Food is best when shared, and the experience of dining out with family and friends is always enriched when in a restaurant that is locally owned and feels embedded in the community. Medina’s history and the South’s home-style food culture are being preserved in Medina’s historic downtown where restaurants like Rhode’s Family Diner have been feeding Medinans for over 20 years. The Medina Downtown Historical Association hosts a farmers market on Saturdays in a former train depot where you can pick up all of your market favorites like berries, melons, okra, squash, tomatoes, and more. In the spring, you can enjoy live music while you fill up on some classic West Tennessee barbecue at the Downtown Medina Street Festival. The city’s authentic Mexican restaurants are also a favorite for locals.
Medina’s White Oak Farms is the only venue outside of Nashville licensed to host City Farmhouse Pop-Up Fairs, a great place to shop for yourself and others.
Jackson is also home to a variety of culinary and shopping options, and getting there is a breeze. Jackson’s food scene will satisfy the foodie looking for something new to try as well as those who crave the comfort of home-style cooking. Because of Jackson’s central location, it attracts commerce from the surrounding counties and is ranked in the nation’s
top 100 retail markets. With the only indoor mall between Memphis and Nashville and a plethora of shopping centers and boutiques, everything you could need (or want) is within reach.
Looking for a place to eat? Check out some of our favorite Medina and Jackson dining locales:
La Carreta Grille
Main Street Grill Mom & Pop’s Pizzeria Rhode’s Family Diner
Brooks Shaw & Son’s Old Country Store Chandelier Café
Dumplins Bistro & Bakery
Flat Iron Grille & Bistro
Old Town Spaghetti Store
Picasso Bistro & Pizzeria
Rock N Dough Pizza & Brewery
Tulum Fresh Mexican Grill
West Alley BBQ & Smokehouse
West Tennessee Farmers Market Woodstock Bake Shop
“One of my favorite things about Medina is that it feels secluded, but it’s also extremely well connected. I can sit on my back porch and look over fields, but I’m also a four-minute drive from a diner that serves the most fantastic breakfast ever. It’s a really cool blend that I didn’t think I’d have at this age.”
— Levi H., engineer
RECREATION & SPORT
Few things bring communities together like sports. Because Medina’s schools have a range of athletic programs including football, basketball, and baseball, and because of Medina’s family-oriented atmosphere, athletics are a connection point for many young
families and play a role in community bonding and entertainment. In addition to public school teams that play in the spring and fall, the city also has leagues that play through the summer. Medina Community Park is home to a sports complex, covering over 30 acres of track and field, including baseball and softball fields, a walking track, playground area, and a pavilion.
Medina is also just minutes from Pringles Park, home to Jackson’s minor league baseball team, The Jackson Generals. Pringles Park is enjoyed by baseball fans, families, and friends who want to catch a game and enjoy some classic ballpark food. Generals home games often include fireworks, themed nights, and affordable ticket pricing.
Medina and its neighboring Milan, Humboldt, and Jackson also have a number of gyms and fitness and health centers that are great places for your routine workout or to catch a 5K and other fitness activities throughout the year.
Jackson Sport & Fitness
LIFT Wellness Center
Peak Performance Fitness
Yoga Center of Jackson
“I was born and raised here. I went to college and then lived all over the country. But our family had an opportunity to come back home, and we’ve been here ever since. It’s a sweet, close-knit community. It’s a special place. You know, if you have a good home, it’s always a special place to come back to.”
— Kim M., RN
CULTURE & FAITH
Strong cities have organizations and institutions that build up the culture, identity, and sense of community among its residents. The Medina-Jackson area is full of cultural centers and activities that do just that. For those interested in faith communities, Medina is home to several churches to choose from and Jackson is home to over 200 churches of all denominations. Medina is nearby Humboldt’s West Tennessee Regional Art Center. Jackson’s museums also celebrate the area’s and West Tennessee’s history and heritage, including the Carnegie Center for Arts and History, the Casey Jones Train Museum, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, among others. Medina is convenient to the public libraries
of three surrounding cities—Humboldt, Milan, and Jackson. The area’s colleges and universities also host community events and offer community library memberships.
“As a parent, I appreciate that we have the small-town feel I grew up with. We live and work and go to school and worship with the same people. Our neighbors are my kids’ classmates, and I love that Medina offers that sense of community.”
— Suzanne W., CRNA
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