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The 7 Best Outdoor Activities In Memphis

Once you’ve had your fill of the city’s superb food and drink scene and finished exploring its cultural hotspots, be sure to dive into some outdoor activities in Memphis.

There’s some brilliant things to do outside here, whether you’re into scenic day trips, thrill-seeking tours or family-friendly events. Take note of these seven unmissable activities that are popular with both locals and visitors alike.

Best Outdoor Activities In Memphis

1. Zip, Swing and Climb Shelby Park Farms

What exactly is it? From beautiful walking and bike trails, horseback riding, Axe throwing to ziplining, swinging, and climbing through the trees on a treetop adventure course!

How long does it take? 2-3 hours.

How much does it cost? Zip, Swing, and Climb:

With reservation $59.95 (plus tax)
Walk-up (based on availability) $61.95 (plus tax)

Children ages 10-15:
With reservation $39.95 (plus tax)
Walk-up (based on availability) $41.95 (plus tax)

2. Kayak Memphis

What exactly is it? See magnificent views of the Memphis skyline from your kayak. Start at River Garden and rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard to paddle across the calm waters of the harbor to reach Mud Island River Park. The Harbor has no current so it’s great for beginners and advanced paddlers alike!

How long does it take? 2 hours.

How much does it cost? $20/per person and no reservations required!

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3. The Big River Crossing

What exactly is it? The historic Harahan Bridge allows pedestrians and bicyclists their own right of way. A mile in length, this is the longest public pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River and connects downtown Memphis to Arkansas. At night, the bridge is lit up with LED lights turning the bridge into a type of canvas for artistic expression, changing colors for special events and celebrations.

How long does it take? On average it takes 30-40 minutes to walk back and forth

How much does it cost? Free- (Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m)

4. Memphis Farmers Market

What exactly is it? The market is a weekly, non-profit outdoor marketplace featuring local farmers and artisans. The goal is to educate the community about eating local, nutrition, and food choices. Enjoy live music and weekly themed events and fun programs.

How long does it take? 1-2 hours – Open on Saturdays 8 AM- 1 PM

How much does it cost? Free- if you don’t buy anything!

5. Walking History and Architecture Tour

What exactly is it? Explore the history of South Main, from buildings constructed in the early 1900s (museum-quality architectural gems) to the stories that have transpired inside their walls over the past century show the quirky, innovative, individualistic spirit of the neighbourhood.

How long does it take? 2-3 hours, depending on how many places you want to visit along the way.

How much does it cost? Free – Download a QR scanner on your Smartphone and find the stickers on buildings in South Main to take this self guided walking. You can also download a printable version of the tour.

6. Memphis Botanic Garden

What exactly is it? The garden offers a place for jumping, splashing, digging, creating, and discovering the joys of the outdoors. The Seijaku-en, Japanese Garden of Tranquility, is a popular attraction, with its famous red drum bridge and unique cultural features. Their Herb Garden is one of the largest in the nation. The Sculpture Garden and Rose Garden are beautiful settings for visitors to enjoy.

How long does it take? On average people spend 2 hours here.

How much does it cost? Admission: Adults $10, Seniors (62+) $8, Children (2-12) $5. The garden also offers guided tours, guest speakers, educational programs, presentations, and activities for children and adults, with advance notice.

7. Levitt Shell

What exactly is it? Every year, the Levitt Shell presents more than 50 free concerts in the heart of Midtown, Memphis. Founded in 2016 to serve as a round table for arts and cultural organizations, working to build a more equitable and inclusive sector. Perfect for the whole family, just grab a chair or blanket sit back and enjoy.

How long does it take? 1.5-2 hours.

How much does it cost? Free but donations are welcomed with open arms!

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Siobhan McKenny
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