Sure Memphis is known for late night blues clubs on Beale Street, but the Bluff City is not just for the 21 and older crowd. There are a ton of family-friendly activities and attractions (even on Beale Street). So pack up the fam and come play around in our backyard.
The Memphis Zoo is rated one of the top zoos by TripAdvisor, and for good reason. Where else can you get up-close-and-personal with a polar bear or play in a geyser? The fun doesn’t end there, hop the tram and see everything from exotic animals (like lions, tigers, pandas) to the petting zoo and everything in between. Plan to stay at least half a day with all there is to see and do. Or find a good spot next to the red carpet at The Peabody Memphis to watch the Peabody Ducks parade to and from the lobby fountain and their penthouse suite (11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily).
If the mere mention of a museum makes your family unite in protest, then you haven’t been to Memphis. Here, we don’t use our inside voices – we actually run, splash, put out fires and sing karaoke to the top of our lungs.
Explore the Children’s Museum of Memphis where kids are encouraged to experience a flight simulator, real airplane cockpit, 50-foot model of the Mississippi River, two live honeybee colonies and that's just the beginning.
The Memphis Botanic Garden definitely welcomes busy little bodies. With outdoor areas named Playhouse Lane, Critter Creek, Wormville, and Treetop Adventure, you can only imagine the fun you can have playing in this children’s garden - My Big Backyard.
Surprise the kids with dinosaurs and a shrunken head at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum. While you’re there, take in one of the features at the CTI 3D Giant Theatre or visit a distant star system at the Sharpe Planetarium.
For anyone bursting with energy, try out the horseback riding, hiking, paddleboating, or run through the water in the new splash zone at Shelby Farms Park. Swing through the trees and zip line over a lake with Go Ape. There is also cycling, kayaking and wading in the riverwalk at Mud Island River Park.
After a day of activities, you might want to enjoy a Broadway show or grab a box of popcorn and catch a classic movie at The Orpheum Theatre. Past shows have included The Wizard of Oz, Swiss Family Robinson and other kid-friendly flicks. If a movie is not your thing, head over to AutoZone Park and catch a Redbirds game at the finest baseball park in the minor leagues.
Winding Down at Night
As you can see, Memphis was made for families.