100 Things to do in Memphis in the Spring

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High five, Mamas! You (and your kids) survived the 2021 blizzard. But now, the weather is getting nicer and we’re quickly approaching yet another week off for Spring Break! Not sure how you’ll fill the days (or nights?)…. well, MMC is here for you…. 100 things to do in our amazing city! Ready, GO!

BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY!
Visit the places others come to Memphis for!

downtown

1. Listen to some Johnny Cash and then go tour Sun Studios!
2. Visit the Blues Hall of Fame. Didn’t know we had one? (me neither!)
3. Just because school is out doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in some Delta history. Walk the Mississippi River down at Mud Island Riverwalk
4. Walk to Arkansas! — visit Big River Crossing

big river crossing
half in AR, half in TN!

5. Tour the National Civil Rights Museum (spring break is the perfect time for a real-life history lesson).
6. Take a picture by the Memphis sign
7. Visit the Memphis Rock’n’Soul Museum
8. Make s’mores right at your table at Kooky Kanuks
9. Hungry? you can never go wrong eating chicken & waffles at Polly’s on Beale
10. Take in the city view a little differently! Ride a Memphis Riverboat!
11. See downtown with a birds’ eye view! Ride the largest free standing elevator in the country at Bass Pro! ($10/each). Want to keep your feet firmly on the ground? That’s ok: Check out the giant fish tank and watch the scuba diver feed the fish at 10am or 5pm!
12. Beale Street isn’t just famous for drinking! Take the kids “souvenir” shopping at A. Schwab Dry Goods Store, one of the oldest establishments downtown.
13. Be a duckmaster! Every day at 11am and 5 pm the duck parade happens at the historic Peabody Hotel
14. Take a tour of downtown via horse and carriage! Rides daily outside of the Peabody and along Beale Street. $40/hour. Most carriages can easily seat a family of 6+.
15. You can’t visit downtown Memphis without riding the trolley! Park for free at the bus depo and ride both the Main Street and the Riverfront lines. Base fare is only $1!
16. Go shopping at Stock & Belle

mural
photo courtesy of Stock & Belle Instagram

17. Eat some homemade cheesecake at The Cheesecake house
18. Does your kids love trains? Visit a hidden gem: The Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum
19. Take a picture on the court house steps and discuss what it means to live in a democracy!
20. Calling all Firemen! Spend an afternoon (or all day!) at the Fire Museum of Memphis. Kids 3-18 $8, under 2 FREE!
21. With its famous chicken hash & waffles and fish pudding, the Waffle Shop provides downtowners with a unique lunch during the season of Lent while supporting the outreach ministries at Calvary Episcopal Church. Takeout available on Wednesdays and Fridays
22. Be like Elvis and strike a pose
23. Play inside a giant catfish at Beale Street Landing.
24. Have a car lover? Check out the Edge Alley Motor Museum! (Then grab a beer at High Cotton Brewery.)
25. Listed on the national register of historic places, the Victorian Village is a must-see. Visit both the Mallory-Neely House and the Magveney house.
26. Take a picture in front of one of Memphis’ newest murals down in the Edge Districtmural

midtown 

27. Let the kids play while you enjoy a quiet moment in a hammock at Railgarten. Upscale diner fare for both kids and adults. Frosé (frozen rosé), Mama?
28. Have an elegant girls lunch date! Eat a fancy lunch (on real china) at Palladio then go bargain hunting in their antique store.
29. Visit the Planetarium at the Pink Palace Museum
30. Ride the carousel at the Children’s Museum of Memphis {CMOM}
31. Bring your family to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and be an art critic!
32. Walk through the Elmwood Cemetery (8am-4:30pm daily)
33. Crosstown Concourse. So.Many.Options. Need an afternoon treat or pick me up? Grab a coffee from French Truck Coffee or a yummy smoothie from Juice Bar. Or grab burgers for dinner with the whole family at Farm Burger! Besides food joints there’s so many things to check out!
34. Wake up early and be the first to eat breakfast at Brother Junipers.
35. The Memphis zoo is getting kangaroos! Need we say more?!

“The bubble” at the Memphis Zoo.

36. Play Bocce Ball at South Main Park (Behind the big flower sculptures)
37. Get a library card! There’s even a curbside pickup option
38. Make tie-dyed t-shirts!

tie dye
39. Eat tacos at Maciel’s newest location in CY
40. Did you know the University of Memphis commissioned 100 tiger statues for their 100th Anniv? FIND the tigers all over campus and take a picture next to your favorite!
41. Pack a picnic lunch and eat at Overton Park. Afterward burn some energy at the Rainbow Lake Playground
42. Let out your inner Picasso. Take your kids to The Art Project in Overton Square! They take care of clean up and you save your sanity!
43. While you’re in Overton Square, eat lunch at Belly Acres (local vegetable plate!) then get candy/ice cream/fudge/popcorn at Sweet Noshings
44. Stick your heads out of famous Memphians! (next to the parking garage at Overton Square)
45. Feeling anxious? Nothing beats throwing axes at Civil Axe down off of Broad Ave
46. Go swimming in a lazy river (indoors!) at The Kroc Center
47. The CTI Giant IMAX theatre at the Pink Palace Museum is the PERFECT social distancing place to go. Plus it’s dark. And quiet. (Shhhhh! Mommy’s naptime)
48. Children 8 and under are always free at the Stax Museum!

stax museum
photo courtesy of Stax Facebook page

49. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens hosts a variety of classes for kids from toddlers to pre-teens. Check out the (virtual) classes offered here.
50. The Botanic Gardens has hidden dinosaurs and secret playground. See if you can find it
51. Stak’s pancakes is the best place for hungry tummies! Curbside to go available.

summer avenue // east memphis // germantown

52. Taco Tuesday! Let your kids practice their Spanish ordering from the Taco Truck on Summer Avenue. $1/taco
53. Get a SnoCone at Jerry’s Sno Cones
54. Never been in a pawn shop? Check one out along Summer Avenue. You never know what treasure you might discover!
55. Pineapple chili, rice pudding, and salted margharita….those are just some of the unusual flavors of La Michoacana’s famous ice cream! They also offer real fruit popsicles such as watermelon, guava, and spicy cucumber! $2/popsicle.
56. Grab those pillows and pile in! The Malco Summer Drive-In is a great weekend activity for the whole family!
57. Go on a mural scavenger hunt! Take your picture in front of your favorite!

mural scavenger hunt for spring break
Find this mural in the Memphis Mural Scavenger Hunt!

58. The Crystal Shrine Grotto at Memorial Park Cemetery is a little known gem (ha! see what we did there?)
59. Grab a kolchi (basically a hot dog wrapped in an amazing pastry shell) at OB Donuts — the newest donut place on Ridgeway Ave.
60. Find the Little Libraries all around town. Take a book, leave a book!
61. Walk along the Wolf River Greenway
62. Kids climbing the walls? Then (literally) let them climb them Highpoint Climbing!
63. Shelby Farms Park is another amazing place in Memphis! Head over to Hyde Lake and rent a paddle boat or kayak. Adventurous family? Try the paddle boarding!
64. Bike the Greenline: 10.6 miles tip to tip of paved path! For extra fun, rent a bicycle built for two at either the Hyde Lake Wheel House or the Greenline Wheel House!
65.  Rainy day? Let your kids burn off some energy at Imagine Nation Playcenter inside the Wolfchase Mall.

imagine nation
we can’t even describe how fun this place is!

66. You may drop some serious dough, but Incredible Pizza Company always is a crowd pleaser!
67. Try your hand at disc golf! There are 3 courses in Memphis: Libertyland, Shelby Farms, and Bud Hill!
68. Go bowling at Billy Hardwicks All-Star Lanes.
69. For those kids {age 10+} wanting a little more adventure, try GO APE! Shelby Farms’ zipline adventure is sure to add a thrill to your week!
70. Take the kids skating at Cordova Skate Center. Wednesday is discount skate day – skate for only $6 including rental skates!
71. IKEA! Family Members get free coffee every day and kids can play for 1 hour (30 minutes on weekends)! Win,win!
72. Paint 901 rocks and hide them around your neighborhood
73. Hike the trails at Lichterman Nature Center!
74. Lazy days are made for reading. Get a book delivered from Novel.

children reading a book together
reading is more fun with friends! Photo by @kmphotographytn

75. Head to the Collierville Square and ride the mechanical pony (bring quarters!)
76. Shop til you drop at Hobby Lobby and grab a “make your own quilt” kit. Make 1 for yourself and make 1 for someone in a nursing home.
77. Book Glamp901 to come and set up mini tents inside your house for a fun twist on a sleepover — game night, movie night, you choose the theme!
78. MemPops are always a good idea in our book. Try them dipped in chocolate!

 

… and more fun things to do!

79. Introduce those tiny taste bud to real southern cuisine at the Silver Caboose Restaurant.
80. For a sweet treat, head over to the Donut Hutt.
81. If you’re not in a sugar coma yet, grab a gluten-free cupcake or an ice cream creation from Smallcakes in Collierville.
82. Get your tackle box dusted off and head to Nonconnah Creek for an afternoon of fishing!
83. Swing on the swings at McVay Park in Germantown
84. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and buy one of our pre-made art boxes!

st patricks day
craft time shenanigans!

85. Peruse the lego aisle at the Knowledge Tree (when you’re there picking up your art box of course!)
86. Jump on over to Jumpin’ Jelly Beans, a boutique play space! PS. There’s complimentary coffee for tired mamas! Score!
87. Go hiking in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park.
88. See a native american replica house at C.H. Nash Museum Chucalissa.
89. Fly a kite
90. Checkout the Meditation Garden at Graceland too (7:30am-8:30pm daily).
91. Ice Skate at the Mid South Ice House.
92. Try your hand at escaping at the Escape Room!
93. Is it raining? Head over to the Main Event and eat, bowl and play!
94. Geocaching gets kids outside and thinking strategically.
95. Make homemade playdoh
96. Walk your dog! (everyone got a pandemic puppy, right?)
97. Go all out with an extreme sugar rush at Milk Dessert Bar – create a milkshake masterpiece!
98. Learn to sew
99. Take in a movie at a Malco Theatre. Yes, they’re open!
100. Lock up those ipads and school devices and go a week without technology!

Whew! These are just some of the amazing things you can do here in Memphis!
What would you add to the list?
Which one(s) do you think you’ll try?

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