A Family in Overton Park

12 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in Memphis

It’s going to be a gorgeous outside in Memphis, and here are 12 ways to enjoy it. Click on the links for more information. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen…

Holly Whitfield

1. Go On A Bike Ride

Memphis has 60+ miles of bike trails and lanes and you can see them all on this map.

2. Go To The Park

We have loads of neighborhood parks and playgrounds, including Overton Park.

3. Sit On A Patio

It’s basically a religion in Memphis. Here’s a list of 40 patios.

4. Do the Zipline at Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course

If you love heights and obstacle, you’ll love Go Ape at Shelby Farms. It opens for the season this weekend.

5. Watch The Sunset In Tom Lee Park 

Trust me on this one.

6. Visit Shelby Forest

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is just a few minutes north of downtown and has plenty to do outdoor, and do not – I repeat, do not – miss out on the cheeseburger at Shelby Forest General Store.

Shelby Farms Go Ape Zip Line - Allen Gillespie
Young Avenue Deli in Cooper-Young, Memphis, TN
Heart Bridge mural, Memphis

7. Do The River Fit Course at Tom Lee Park

Somehow, exercising is less annoying when you’re working out in the sun by the Mississippi River.

8. See The Bison At Shelby Farms

Bison or buffalo? Which is correct? Discuss with your friends after you see them in person at Shelby Farms.

9. Go to The Cooper Young Community Farmer’s Market

While the downtown Memphis Farmers Market has another couple of weeks left before it opens, the CYCFM offers local produce, meat, eggs, coffee, Memphis Made beer, and tons of other homemade goods on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info here.

10. Visit the Dixon or the Memphis Botanic Garden

Things are just starting to bloom. Get more info on the Dixon here and the Botanic Garden here.

11. Take a Mural Tour

The I Love Memphis Blog has a handy map of all the I Love Memphis murals right here, and don’t forget to snap a photo and tag it #ilovememphis if you post online.

12. Take A South Main Art Tour

South Main has a walking tour collection of art installations, sculptures, and murals. Check out a list of art here.