40+ Ways To Stay Cool In Memphis This Summer

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 2nd 2019 19057 0

It’s officially summer, and Memphis weather has not been shy about it. Like, at all. It’s just a teensy bit sweltering.

The good news is that there are some easy ways to get through it without staying completely indoors until October. Read on to find out ways to escape (or embrace) the heat.

– Get a frozen treat.

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Memphis knows how to make a delicious, icy-cold, frozen treat (with or without booze). There are so many options, but here’s a quick list.

Jerry’s Sno Cones
La Michoacana paletas and ice cream
MEMPops popsicles
Lunchbox Eats flavored Lemonade of the Day
Sweet Noshings ice cream and milkshakes
– Scoops gelato
– Hernando’s “The Dip” (aka Velvet Cream) for sno cones, shake, and ice cream
– Hernando’s Area 51 ice cream
– Slider Inn’s Jameson whiskey slushie
I Love Juice bar smoothies and juices
– Boozy milkshakes from The Arcade, and A. Schwab

– Enjoy a Memphis patio
If you suffer from patio addiction despite the heat, there are a few spots that have gone out of their way with misters and fans to make their patio a little more palatable: Slider Inn, the Bayou, Aldo’s in midtown, Celtic Crossing, and Loflin Yard.

I’m looking for more. Let me know if you know of any patios with great fans and misters.

Click here for a full list of places to enjoy patios in Memphis (including info about which ones are Fido-friendly).

–  Head to a Memphis museum

Get thee to air conditioning! Check out the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, the Blues Hall of Fame, the National Civil Rights Museum, Stax, Rock ‘n’ Soul, Sun Studio, Railroad and Trolley Museum, and the Cotton Museum, to name a few.

Also, the Pink Palace has 3D movies in their CTI Giant Theater.

– Play inside
There are plenty of places to play inside that the kids (or kids-at-heart) especially will love. Rec Room and Main Event are two good options for arcades and games. Try laser tag and arcade games at Golf ‘n’ Games on Summer, indoor trampolines at SkyZone or Jumping World USA, and tons of activities like arcade games, go-carts, and laser tag at Incredible Pizza in Cordova or Main Event Entertainment.

Beale Street Landing Splash Park

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– Get In The Water

You can try several public parks in Memphis that have either public pools or splash parks. Here’s a list. Try Beale Street Landing (above), Peabody Park in midtown, 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.


– Enjoy Live Music
Live music inside in the AC? Yes please. Check out The B-Side which is inside the Minglewood Hall complex in midtown. They opened late 2018 and have plenty of live shows from local bands, plus friendly bartenders and fun snacks. The Green Room at Crosstown Arts is inside the Crosstown Concourse building, and they have a truly diverse, eclectic lineup of music and DJs most days of the week. Stop in that Art Bar while you’re there, too.
What are some other ways you’re keeping cool during this gorgeous Mid-South summer?
Originally published June 2017. Updated July 2019.

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