12 Ways To Enjoy The Outdoors In Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 4th 2016 6632 0

Netflix can wait, ok? It’s going to be a gorgeous spring in Memphis starting this weekend, and here are twelve ways to enjoy it. Click on the links for more information. Also, don’t forget sunscreen…

1. Go On A Bike Ride
Memphis has 60+ miles of bike trails and lanes and you can see them all on this map.

bike map

2. Go To The Park
We have loads of neighborhood parks and playgrounds, including this one.

rainbow lake playground

3. Sit On A Patio
It’s basically a religion in Memphis. Here’s a list of 40 patios.

ecco

4. Do the Zipline at Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course
If you love heights and obstacle, you’ll love Go Ape at Shelby Farms. It opens for the season this weekend.

go ape

5. Watch The Sunset In Tom Lee Park
Trust me on this one.

sunset

6. Visit Shelby Forest
Meeman Shelby Forest State Park is just a few minutes north of downtown and has plenty to do outdoors. Read more here and do not – I repeat, do not – miss out on the cheeseburger at Shelby Forest General Store.

shelby-forest-canoe

7. Do The River Fit Course at Tom Lee Park
Somehow, exercising is less annoying when you’re working out in the sun by the Mississippi River.

river fit

8. See The Bison At Shelby Farms
Bison or buffalo? Which is correct? Discuss with your friends after you see them in person at Shelby Farms.

buffalo

9. Go to The Cooper Young Community Farmer’s Market
While the downtown Memphis Farmers Market has another couple of weeks left before it opens, the CYCFM offers local produce, meat, eggs, coffee, Memphis Made beer, and tons of other homemade goods on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info here.

Photo via CYCFM Facebook.

Photo via CYCFM Facebook.

10. Visit The Dixon or the Memphis Botanic Garden
Things are just starting to bloom. Get more info on the Dixon here and the Botanic Gardens here.

botanic

11. Take a Mural Tour
I have a handy map of all the I Love Memphis murals right here. Don’t forget to snap a photo and tag it #ilovememphis if you post online.

I Love Memphis Mural

12. Take A South Main Art Tour
South Main has a walking tour collection of art installations, sculptures, and murals. Check out a list of art here.

South Main Mural

I know there are probably 50 more ideas for enjoying the outdoors in Memphis. Which ones would you add? How many of these have you done?


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. […] 6. Visit Shelby Forest Meeman Shelby Forest State Park is just a few minutes north of downtown and has plenty to do outdoors. here and do …read more […]

  2. Hannah says:

    The mounds of Chucalissa also have great trails!

  3. Amy B says:

    Mountain bike around Stanky Creek (Nesbit Park) in Bartlett or Herb Parson lake.

  4. Aaron Shafer says:

    Even though it’s outside of Memphis, I would add taking a canoe/kayak trip down the Ghost River. Our family did the trip this past weekend and it’s one of the best outdoor experiences that our family has had-EVER! And that’s saying a lot, having grown up exploring the beaches and mountains of California and Colorado. It’s an outdoor jewel in our backyards! Check it out, the experience warrants its own write-up.

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