365 Things to Do in Memphis #158: Splash Around at Peabody Park

365 Things to Do in Memphis #158: Splash Around at Peabody Park

Running through the splash park at Peabody Park is sort of like playing in a field of the best sprinklers ever. Assignment #158 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to put on your suit, grab a towel and cool off. I love Peabody Park.

It’s smaller and less crowded than nearby Overton Park, and it's got a few cool unique features. There's a playground, a small field, two pavilions, sculptures by local metalsmith Yvonne Bobo and - best of all - there's a splash park. It's not very big - maybe 50 yards long - but it's got plenty of space to get wet.

There are fire hydrants that constantly mist, a rain tower, tall metal tubes that randomly spray water and small geysers that shoot out of the playground's soft rubber floor. The splash park is free and open to everyone, but it's primarily a place for little kids (though occasionally, you'll see an adult - like me - leading a reluctant 3 year-old into the spray).

Peabody Splash Park, Memphis, Tenn.

The park opens in May and closes in September. Pack a towel and a snack before you go. Peabody Park isn't the only place for the kids to get their splash on. Try Beale Street Landing, the Children’s Museum, Shelby Farms Park, or dip your toes into the Riverwalk at Mud Island. If you’re a member of the Kroc Center in Midtown, they have a pretty sweet indoor pool and outdoor splash park.

Go There:

Peabody Park / Raymond Skinner Center

712 Tanglewood Memphis, 38103 901-272-2528 

Splash Park at the Children's Museum of Memphis
Jacob Geyer
Splash Pad at Shelby Farms Park
Allen Gillespie
Exterior Splash Pad at the Children's Museum of Memphis
Jacob Geyer

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Donna D.
Love this park and really live that it's free!
June 4, 2013 3:37pm

Lauralei McAuliffe
Peabody Park is awesome. Highly recommend! Highly! (especially for grandparents on a budget spending the day with their grandchildren).
May 19, 2015 6:36pm