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).
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.
Peabody Park / Raymond Skinner Center
This post originally published in 2012.