Splash pad in Memphis, TN

Spring Break In Memphis

Your Kids Will Love You For It

Toss those heavy coats and come play around in Memphis for some serious – and warmer – family fun.

Memphis offers tons of spring break activities. Sure, we've got a fantastic Children's Museum, Fire Museum in downtown Memphis, the Pink Palace with an IMAX theatre and new planetarium which are not to be missed. But let us suggest a few off-the-beaten paths ways to wake your hibernating brood.

Shelby Farms Park Heart of the Park gives you many ways to run off that extra energy and wake up those sleeping muscles. Lace up the running shoes and hop on the seven-mile Greenline trail for a scenic walk, run or cycle. You can also climb into the trees and swing through ziplines with Go Ape. Challenge the kids to a game of disc golf at the 18-hole course or rent a kayak and paddle across the lake. Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms is packed with giant climbing structures, slides, sand and open grassy lawns. 

Make time for the Memphis Zoo. Rated as one of the top zoos by TripAdvisor, the Memphis Zoo puts you nose-to-nose with grizzly and polar bears, sea lions, and happens to be one of only four zoo's in the country with pandas. You won't want to miss the newest habitat Zambezi Hippo Camp where you can watch the resident hippos, Binti and Splash, dancing underwater or catch the Nile crocodiles feeding time as they leap into the air for their lunch. After a day at the  zoo, head down the street to Overton Square to satsify a sweet tooth at Sweet Noshings and then let the kids find their inner Picasso at The Art Project, where they can have a blast getting their hands messy while you relax a beer or glass of wine. 

If your kids are bouncing off the walls, check out Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park where they can join in a game of 3-D dodge ball or trying their dunking skills with a round of Sky Slam basketball, or Autobahn Motor Speedway where you don't have to have a drivers license to burn rubber. 

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Downtown Memphis

For the young explorers, Ghost River Rentals provides 4-6 hour float trips on the Wolf River. Let the canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard be your classroom as you experience an almost forgotten forest ecosystem abundant with wildlife and a cypress swamp. 

If you want to explore the great outdoors with all the comfort of being indoors, stop into the Bass Pro at the Pyramid. You'll find a bowling alley, Duck's Unlimited Waterfowl and Heritage Center, wildlife (make sure to watch out for the live alligators) and the tallest free standing elevator in the nation.

Another indoor adventure that rates with families is escape rooms. Memphis Escape Rooms, with two locations in the city—Memphis Escape Rooms East Memphis and Memphis Escape Rooms Downtown—promises an experience like you've never had before. All nine rooms (six out East, three Downtown) were entirely designed and built in Memphis, so your group might outsmart an evil collector who's stolen the city's treasures . . . or recover the Magician's Code from the Temple of Spells. Each room is rated by level of teamwork, brain power and suspense so you can choose the experience that's right for your crew (groups of up to 10 and ages 8 and up are welcome).

Keep the party going on historic Beale Street. Although you may think the neon and blues are strictly 21 and up – there are tons of diversions available for the younger crowd. Your family will be bug-eyed as the Beale Street Flippers leap, twist, flip and fly for tips. They are – in a word – amazing! For family-friendly dining, the clubs on Beale serve up specialties of barbecue, seafood and burgers for lunch, and then stop into A. Schwab for an old fashioned milshake.

The family vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. As you can see, there are plenty of things to do (many of them free) that will keep the family happy, active and warm. The only complaint you’ll hear is, “Are we there yet?”

Shelby Farms Playground
Southern Heritage Festival  Memphis
Kid at the hippo exhibit - Memphis Zoo
Fish Tank Inside Bass Pro at the Pyramid