Spring Break In Memphis: Your Kids Will Love You For It

Winter blues: (n) a distressed feeling caused by being stuck for months indoors with 24-hour-days that drag on for 48. The cure? Toss those heavy coats and come play around in Memphis for some serious – and warmer – family fun.

Memphis offers tons of spring break activities. Sure, we've got museums galore and galleries by the dozens. But let us suggest a few off-the-beaten paths ways to wake your hibernating brood.

Shelby Farms Park gives you many ways to run off that extra energy and wake up those sleeping muscles. Lace up the running shoes and hop on the seven-mile Greenline trail for a scenic walk, run or cycle. Go offroad and bike the pine and hardwood forest areas on the Chickasaw Trail. Challenge the kids to a game of disc golf at the 18-hole course or a race in the paddle boats. Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms is packed with giant climbing structures, slides, sand and open grassy lawns.   

Get your hearts racing at the Skatepark with its slopes, bowls, ramps, rails, stairs and snake run. This free park welcomes skateboarders, roller skates, and bikes. Whether you are an amateur or an advanced athlete, you can show off your wheel-skills from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. during the spring and summer months.

Make time for the Memphis Zoo. Rated as one of the top zoos by TripAdvisor, the Memphis Zoo puts you nose-to-nose with grizzly and polar bears, sea lions, pandas and other exotic wild animals. Skip, walk or virtually run through the Memphis Zoo with the help of Google Street View.

If your kids are bouncing off the walls, check out Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park where they can join in a game of 3-D dodge ball or trying their dunking skills with a round of Sky Slam basketball.

For the young explorers, Ghost River Rentals provides 4-6 hour float trips on the Wolf River. Let the canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard be your classroom as you experience an almost forgotten forest ecosystem abundant with wildlife and a cypress swamp. 

Keep the party going on historic Beale Street. Although you may think the neon and blues are strictly R rated – there are diversions available for the younger crowd. Your family will be bug-eyed as the Beale Street Flippers leap, twist, flip and fly for tips. They are – in a word – amazing! For family-friendly dining, the clubs on Beale serve up specialties of barbecue, seafood and burgers for lunch.

For those who miss the chill of winter, we suggest you wrap your fingers around one of the best snow cones in the nation. Jerry’s Sno Cones are soft-serve ice cream layered between shaved ice with a choice of literally hundreds of flavors. If you need more ice than that, head to the Mid-South Ice House Ice Arena & Skating Center where you can skate until your heart’s content or at least until your fingers turn blue.

The family vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. As you can see, there are plenty of things to do (many of them free) that will keep the family happy, active and warm. The only complaint you’ll hear is, “Are we there yet?” 

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