Things To Do When It's Too Hot in Memphis

Jerry's Sno Cones. Photo Credit: Bob Hazlett

Supreme Snow Cone from Jerry's Snow Cones. Photo by Bob Hazlett.

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Entertain, engage, and escape at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

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Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Duck March with Tourists

Peabody ducks

Sun Studios. Photo Credit: Commercial Appeal

Sun Studio tours give you the opportunity to see where Elvis and Johnny Cash recorded. Photo by The Commercial Appeal.

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Take a ride on a riverboat in Memphis, TN. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

American Apparel in South Main Arts District: Dan Ball

Hip and funky fashion trends at American Apparel on S. Main in Downtown Memphis. Photo by Dan Ball.

Short of having servants follow you around with umbrellas and misting bottles, there’s not much you can do about extreme summer heat. Try out these things to do to stay cool during the dog days of summer in Memphis.

The CTI 3D Giant Theater at the Pink Palace is a towering movie screen, 4 stories high, packed with digital surround sound. Fan yourself with shows like Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D, which takes you back 70 million years to experience a year in the life of a dinosaur. New shows are added and updated all the time. Make sure and check their website for admission rates and show schedules

You could easily spend all day inside the new Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. In addition to a incredible assortment of fishing, boating, hunting and outdoor gear, the mega store includes a 103-room hotel, 600,000 gallons of water teeming with over 1,800 fish, a cypress swamp with alligator pools and duck aviaries, restaurants, bowling lanes, kids activities and a breathtaking observation deck at the top of the 32-story steel pyramid. 

3 words – indoor trampoline park! Jump around and catch some air at Sky Zone. Bounce off the walls, flip in the foam pit or relive some childhood fun in a 3-D game of trampoline dodge ball. 30 minutes of Sky Zone madness will run you $10.

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Waddle with the Peabody Ducks every morning at 11 a.m. Watch the fab 5 stretch their little ducks legs down the red carpet and splash in the ornate fountain smack dab in the middle of the lobby. Now, the fountain water sure does look refreshing, but instead, we’d advise ordering up a quintessential summer cocktail – a Mint Julep ordered from the lobby bar.

If you were to tour all of Memphis' great museums, you'd be gone til Fall. Get cultured inside the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, jam out at Sun Studio, see the legendary home of Elvis Presley or get goosebumps at the National Civil Rights Museum

The H2OH! Splash Park at the Children's Museum of Memphis gives kids over 7,700 square feet to cool off, run around and get soaking wet from more than 40 sprayers. Not content with just chrome water heads, the Children’s Museum sprayers to look like flowers, leaves, jet streams, magic mists, turtles, crabs, snails and, of course, an everything-is-awesome water tunnel. Check out all the cool things kids can do at the children's museum

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America’s real summer pastime is....shopping. Get wise to the antique shops in the Cooper-Young neighborhood, go upscale at Saddle Creek or browse the big mall at Wolfchase Galleria. Whatever your style, Memphis has it. See our ultimate guide to shopping centers in Memphis for more retail therapy ideas!

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art situated in the heart of Overton Park has one of the largest fine art collections in the state. Peep out a Pissaro, get lost in the beautiful work of Renoir or stay cool and calm in one of its current exhibits. The Brooks Museum is the perfect place to reconnect with your creative and artistic side (without being all sweaty). Check their website for hours and upcoming exhibits