Take an Outdoor Adventure in Memphis

When you hear the word, “Memphis,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? Elvis? blues music? barbecue? Memphis is a city with a reputation for good food and even better music, and you can experience it all without having to set one foot indoors.

Friday 2 p.m.
Party with the Animals
The Memphis Zoo has been recognized as one of the top zoos in the country for the last several years. This 55-acre park is located right in the heart of the city in Midtown. You will get to explore 19 different exhibits and view over 3500 animals from all over the world, including the rare giant panda.

6 p.m.
Grab a Bite at Jerry’s
Jerry’s Sno Cones is a local favorite – a walk-up establishment in a residential neighborhood in East Memphis. While the name may lead you to order their frozen treats, don’t bypass the food. The burger is thick and juicy, served with all the traditional fixins and the local paper even named the muffaletta as the best in town. There’s no indoor dining, so you can eat under the stars.

8 p.m.
Free Concert at Handy Park
Beale Street is brimming with musicians of all types. While most clubs will have a cover charge on a Friday night, you can always count on Handy Park to showcase excellent local talent in a fantastic, open-air environment. There’s plenty of seating, no admission (but the tip bucket will probably make its rounds) and some of the best R&B, jazz and blues music around. This venue rocks until the wee hours of the morning.

11 p.m.
Bed Down Near Elvis
Graceland RV Park and Campground offers all the comforts of home right next to one of Memphis’ most iconic landmarks. Located just behind the Heartbreak Hotel and right across the street from Graceland, this campsite provides 19-acres of beautiful surroundings, bath and laundry facilities, biking and walking trails, a swimming pool and even wireless internet. You’ll have everything you need for a restful night’s sleep.

Saturday 9 a.m.
Take a Trip to Market
Stop by the Memphis Farmers Market and shop from over 60 different local and regional vendors. Pick up some fresh strawberries from a local farmer, an icing-drenched cinnamon roll from a Memphis-based baker or Angus beef from a nearby ranch. You can enjoy this Downtown Memphis shopping experience every Saturday from mid-April through October and is the perfect place to get a bite to eat for breakfast or grab some goodies for a picnic lunch.

11 a.m.
Plan a Picnic in Overton Park
There’s no better place to enjoy a picnic than the lush Overton Park in Midtown Memphis. This area is home to the Memphis Zoo, Brooks Museum of Art, The Levitt Shell, the Memphis College of Art and several acres of green space just waiting for you and your picnic basket. The eastern border has dozens of picnic tables or you can dine in the Picnic Pavilion. Or, feel free to throw a blanket on the ground and picnic the old-fashioned way.

1 p.m.
Take a Ride on the Greenline
The Shelby Farms Greenline is a 7-mile walking and biking trail that links Midtown to Shelby Farms in East Memphis. This path is paved and almost completed shaded, making it the perfect route for runners, bikers and walkers. Shelby Farms is the largest urban park in the country, and features horseback riding and a lake for fishing.

3 p.m.
Ride the River
Paddle the Wolf River Harbor at the Mud Island River Park Adventure Center.  They offer single and double kayaks as well as two-person canoes for adventurers who aren’t afraid to get a little wet. Flex your muscles as you traverse this Mississippi River tributary and soak up the sun as you glide right next to Old Man River.

6 p.m.
Sleep Under the Stars
Sleep under the stars at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. The park campground provides nearly 50 campsites equipped with tables, grills and electrical/water hookups. If you'd rather sleep off the ground, Shelby Forest also has has six two-bedroom cabins situated along the shoreline of Poplar Tree Lake in a heavily wooded section of the park. Book your cabin or campsite online here