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6 Outdoor Things to Do in Memphis

Along the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, Memphis is known for many delights, sights, and attractions. But it’s no secret that much of what makes Memphis a truly remarkable place to visit is the beautiful weather, as well as the never-ending list of things to see and do outdoors.

We won’t lie – the summer temperatures in Memphis are hot. Really hot. But with the sun shining, it’s also an incredibly beautiful and exciting time to visit the city, with ample entertainment options to choose from, and many sights to see.

So if you find yourself in Tennessee this summer, be sure to include a stop in Memphis, where you’ll find not only a host of exciting outdoor things to see and do, but also two of our InTown Suites extended stay properties – perfect for an affordable visit to the city.

Stroll Along the Mississippi.

Lace up your walking shoes, grab a coffee or a picnic and set out to one of the beautiful parks bordering the famous Mississippi River. Walk along the water’s edge to witness the sights and sounds of one of the most famous rivers in the world.

Spend a Day at Overton Park.

A 342-acre public park in the very heart of Memphis, Overton Park offers a nine-hole golf course, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis Zoo, Rainbow Lake, several playgrounds, and much more. It’s easy to spend a day here, so be sure to allot time for proper exploration!

Listen to Music on Beale Street.

Any visit to Memphis wouldn’t be complete without at least one evening spent on Beale Street to take in some live entertainment, as well as the remarkable part the street has played in both the city’s history as well as in the history of blues.

Take a stroll down Beale Street and see what there is to see – chances are, you’ll run into some outdoor live music that’ll be worthy of a stop – especially in the Handy Park area.

Explore the Botanic Gardens.

Boasting over 23 speciality gardens – and over 96 acres – the Memphis Botanic Garden is home to the likes of roses, cacti, irises, herbs, and much more. Bring the kids along and let them play and explore in the latest addition to the gardens – My Big Backyard.

Take an Adventure to the Mud Island River Park.

Take a stroll along the Riverwalk, an exact scale model of the Lower Mississippi River flowing from Cairo, Illinois, to New Orleans. Most cities and small towns along the river can be found on the scale model, which also boasts history and facts about the river along the way.

Visitors will also enjoy bike trails, pedal boats, rafts, and a host of other fun outdoor activities.

Catch a Ball Game.

Find yourself in Memphis on a sunny day? Head over to AutoZone Park, a minor league baseball stadium that the Memphis Redbirds call home. AutoZone is a beautiful park right in the centre of downtown Memphis offering plenty of great food options in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.

What are your favorite outdoor things to do in Memphis?

Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an important day to all of us, serving as a prompt to think about and remember those who have fought and served for this incredible country we call home.

So with Memorial Day quickly approaching, we’ve decided to put together a few ideas on how you and your family can recognize this special day together.

This Memorial Day, make it all about spending time with loved ones as you remember those who have fought for your freedom, and enjoy a kick-off to the beautiful summer season.

Attend a Memorial Day Parade.

Many towns and cities across the US offer parades to recognize Memorial Day – often concluding with a moment of silence or a memorial service. These are excellent community events and are perfect for the whole family, combining excitement, education, and the outdoors.

Here are some parade listings, to name just a few:

Host a Family BBQ.

Traditionally seen as the unofficial kick-off to summer, Memorial Day is an excellent time to get family and friends together to share stories of the past, exchange gratitude, and enjoy a delicious meal together.

Invite everyone in for a gathering – it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with the friends and relatives you’ve been meaning to see. You can even find a local park or beach with BBQ facilities, and share your meal with others you run into.

Decorate with Flags.

Memorial Day is an excellent time to boast our red, white, and blue with true pride! Let the kids join in the fun and hang flags from the house and on the lawn. There’s never been a better time to embrace your patriotism (and your yard will look fabulous in stripes and stars!).

If you have a flagpole, consider joining others in the country by lowering the flag half-mast from dawn until noon (local time) as a sign of respect.

Volunteer.

Whether it’s for a friend who is moving, or for the community soup kitchen, volunteering is a great way to pay it forward in a positive way that echoes the spirit of Memorial Day. Take it upon yourself to do something selfless, just as the many men and women we celebrate on Memorial Day did.

Enjoy a Concert.

There are plenty of shows and concerts to choose from this Memorial Day weekend, but one of our longstanding favorites is of course the National Memorial Day Concert. If you can’t be in Washington to celebrate in person, be sure to tune into the televised event on PBS. It’s a truly fantastic event year after year.

Book a Getaway.

Get away as a family and enjoy a change of scenery this Memorial Day weekend. Whether it be out of state or a simple staycation, the long weekend is the perfect time to reconnect. Take advantage of some (hopefully) fine weather and enjoy a weekend at the cottage, on a hiking trip, or a road trip to visit family – it’s the perfect opportunity.

Looking for affordable accommodations? Check out our list of extended stay locations – they make the perfect home base.

However you decide to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend, we’re sure you’ll have a blast!