10 Ways To Enjoy Spring

From live music in the great outdoors to scenic biking trails to picture-perfect patio dining, there are so many things to do in Memphis this spring. Mix and match ideas to plan the ideal weekend itinerary, or make a week out of it for an unforgettable spring break.

My Big Backyard memphis

1. The gardens are blooming

Get outdoors and take in the fragrant blossoms at one of the sprawling gardens in Memphis, such as the Memphis Botanic Garden: 96 glorious acres boasting 29 specialty gardens, from a serene Japanese garden to a colorful wildflower woodland to My Big Backyard: a family-friendly garden with hands-on, interactive features. At Dixon Gallery & Gardens, escape to an English-style garden featuring immaculate landscaping and formal designs. Bonus: If you get caught in a spring shower, just head indoors to the elegant art galleries to browse expertly curated collections by artists around the world. 

Levitt Shell

2. Music is in the air

Is there anything better than live music under the stars? Once the weather starts warming up, Memphis transforms into a constellation of outdoor live concerts throughout the city. Stroll down historic Beale Street to pass by blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll performers letting loose, or make your way to Midtown’s Overton Park to spread out a picnic blanket and catch one of the 50-plus free concerts at Levitt Shell open-air amphitheater. For an all-out celebration of live music, don’t miss Beale Street Music Festival during Memphis in May for numerous stages touting lineups of big-name artists.

AutoZone Park Memphis Redbirds game

3. The team spirit is strong

Need something that will bring the whole family together? Don your red and white, and make your way over to AutoZone Park to cheer on the Memphis Redbirds, as baseball season kicks off in March. 

Sprock n Roll bike in downtown memphis

4. Bike routes are plentiful

Explore Memphis on two wheels when you pedal along the many bike trails and pathways. Meander through the neighborhoods along the Shelby Farms Greenline, a 10.8-mile trail that connects Midtown to Shelby Farms Park. For a trip over the Mighty Mississippi, don’t miss riding along the Big River Crossing, a rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge across the revitalized Harahan Bridge. And if biking and partying are on your list, take a ride on Sprock n’ Roll Party Bikes for a trip through Downtown or Midtown on a 16-seater bike—that also happens to be a mobile bar.

Kayaking on the Mississippi river

5. Kayaking will give you a whole new perspective

See Memphis from the water as you paddle your way down its iconic rivers, from Wolf River to the Tennessee River. With a guided kayak or canoe trip with Allen’s Kayaking Adventures, you can see Memphis by moonlight or even experience the Mississippi River how Tom Sawyer might have. Plus, it’s a fun way to get a little exercise! 

Exploring Shelby Farms

6. Treetop adventures beckon

Remember the thrill of climbing trees when you were a kid? Rekindle the excitement with an aerial adventure at Go Ape Zipline & Treetop Treetop Adventure, which includes everything from Tarzan swings and zip lines to rail tracks and a “flying carpet.” 

Overton Square in Midtown Memphis

7. Alfresco dining comes standard

Kick back and relax on one of the many outdoor patios in Memphis. Babalu Tapas & Tacos in the heart of Overton Square offers a sunny patio and equally bright Latin-inspired cuisine—as well as refreshing, seasonal margaritas. In the Cooper-Young neighborhood, grab a table outdoors at Soul Fish Cafe and indulge in bona fide Southern favorites, such as crawfish po-boys, jumbo fried shrimp, and catfish served with hushpuppies and coleslaw. Feel the sun shining on your shoulders as you enjoy happy hour at Wiseacre Brewing Co., where the draught list boasts innovative craft beers. In the evening, enjoy the lively community vibe at Loflin Yard, where grassy lawns, live music and nighttime bonfires make this a must-stop hangout.  

Southern Heritage Festival  Memphis

8. You can take a stroll back in time

Okay, maybe not really back in time, but when you take the Historic Memphis Walking Tour with Backbeat Tours, you’ll get the whole backstory of the Bluff City while strolling along Downtown’s historic streets, parks and important sites.

Record Shopping at Gonner Records - Craig Thompson

9. Open-air shopping is in fashion

Enjoy the outdoors while exploring Memphis’ retail and entertainment districts, such as Overton Square, offering family-friendly art fun, chic boutiques and all kinds of eateries. In Cooper-Young, the hip set stock up on vintage clothing, vinyl records and indie labels before stopping by a trendy eatery or cocktail bar. The eclectic Broad Avenue is the place to shop if you’re looking for a new piece of locally made artwork or handcrafted jewelry. For the freshest picks of fruits, homemade jams and artisanal treats, browse the stalls at local farmer’s markets, such as Memphis Farmers Market (April-Oct.), Agricenter Farmers Market (May-Oct.) or South Memphis Farmers Market (May-Nov.).

Mirimichi Golf Course

10. Lush fairways invite you to play

Make your way to nearby Millington, just north of Memphis, to play a round of golf on the championship course at Mirimichi, frequently named on “Best Of” lists. If you’d like a more casual round of golf, work on your game at The Links at Overton Park, a 9-hole, par-34 course located in one of Memphis’ oldest parks. Or, take the whole family to Golf & Games Family Park for a game of putt-putt golf on three scenic courses.

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