Safe Things To Do This Spring In Memphis
Safe Things To Do This Spring In Memphis
What’s going on in Memphis this spring? If you’re looking for socially-distanced things to do in Memphis this spring, here’s your list!
The Shelby County Health Department urges all of us to Continue The Course with masks and social distancing even after we’re fully vaccinated. For more info, check out Shelby.Community.
1. Memphis Spring Attractions
Visit some of our outdoors attractions:
- explore the Lichterman Nature Center, or check out their limited capacity Nature by Firelight Event on April 9th
- see the blooms at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, including Spring Blooms events
- visit the Dixon Gallery & Gardens, and look into their spring art classes, fitness activities, and more
- walk or bike across Big River Crossing
- hang out with kangaroos at the Memphis Zoo’s new KangaZoo exhibit, opening in April
- discover the Metal Museum grounds and galleries
2. Greenways and Trails
Shelby County has so many greenways and protected paths now—see if you can explore them all this spring! There’s the classic Shelby Farms Greenline, the V&E Greenline, and all the different sections of the Wolf River Greenway.
3. Civil Rights History Tours
You can do a self-guided driving or biking civil rights tour, but if you haven’t taken a caravan car tour with A Tour Of Possibilities, it’s a Memphis bucket list item for sure.
For the self guided route, here are a few ideas for stops:
- I AM A MAN Plaza at Clayborn Temple
- MLK Reflection Park
- Mason Temple
- National Civil Rights Museum (the plaza is open and outdoors)
- Six-Story Black History Mural
Y’all know how much I love a good park, and Shelby County has many of them. A few park ideas:
- watch a Mighty Lights show from the River Garden
- play disc golf at Shelby Forest
- walk trails at Shelby Farms
- play on the Greensward at Overton Park
- bring a picnic to MLK Park
5. Find A Food Truck or Get A Takeout Picnic
Grab some great food you haven’t tried before and make a picnic! Check out the restaurants and food truck pages on I Love Memphis, or join the I Love Memphis Food Group on Facebook for lively discussion and up-to-date info. Restaurants are still doing takeout!
6. Virtual Museum Tours + Activities
If it’s a rainy day, check out our local museums! They’re limiting capacity and have safety and health guidelines in place. Or if you’re staying in, most of our favorites are offering virtual tours and online activities still:
- Stax Museum of American Soul Music Virtual Tours
- Brooks Museum's E-Museum Gallery
- Graceland Live Virtual Tours
- Museum of Science and History - Pink Palace, Museum-To-Go
- Dixon Virtual Events
7. Socially Distanced Outdoor Concerts
Live music is back, y’all! Local venues are hosting some fun and socially-distant outdoor shows coming up this spring:
- Lucero Family Drive-In (March 27)
- Locals Live Series at Memphis Botanic Garden (April 17 + May 14)
- Candlelight Concerts at the Orpheum (April, May, June)
- Bluebird Happy Hours at The Grove at GPAC (April)
8. Crosstown Concourse: Socially Distanced Exploring
If you haven’t checked out the million-square-foot Crosstown Concourse, what are you waiting for? The spacious building has plenty of room to spread out, and is full of incredible architecture and art, plus local shops and restaurants. Don’t forget they have patios, a large plaza, and Crosstown Brewing is just next door.
9. Children’s Museum of Memphis spring fun
We love CMOM and we love what they’re doing for spring! Every Saturday, the Children’s Museum hosts Spring Saturdays with special flower-themed activities and local food trucks. The inside exhibits are open for socially-distanced exploring for kids, too.
10. Museum of Science and History - Pink Palace: Dinosaurs In Motion Exhibit
It’s Dino madness at the Museum of Science and History aka the Pink Palace. With limited capacity, masks, and social-distancing, you can safely explore the museum’s permanent exhibits and the Dinosaurs In Motion display. Even better, they’re hosting FOSSIL FEST on March 27th and 28th, which will have mostly outdoor (but some indoor) activities, including the unveiling of the new mosasaur statue created by the Metal Museum.