Memphis Outdoor Activities
Breathe in the fresh air of M-town. Head for the great outdoors or embrace Mother Nature in a more urban setting. Whether you are looking for a lake to swim in, fish or boat in or a stretch of land to bike, hike or camp on, you will find the perfect destination waiting for you in Memphis.
Stretch your legs at the Lichterman Nature Center
. With over 65 acres of land filled with lakes, meadows and forests, the Lichterman Nature Center is a natural oasis in the urban landscape. The indoor and outdoor facilities feature wildlife, microscopic discoveries, a two-story forest boardwalk and an underwater viewing area.
Address: 5992 Quince Road, Memphis, TN 38119 - MAP
Phone: (901) 767-7322
Enjoy time outdoors and stroll through the gorgeous Memphis Botanic Garden
and explore its 23 specialty gardens. Take a walk down the nationally certified Hosta Trail. Be swarmed by butterflies in the Strokes Butterfly Garden. Let the children get in touch with nature at the specially designed children's garden. The Memphis Botanic Garden also hosts a number of special events throughout the year, many of which are open to the public.
Address: 750 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117 - MAP
Phone: (901) 576-4100
Take in the beauty of Memphis at Overton Park
. Home to the zoo, Brooks Art Museum, an amphitheater, a golf course and the Memphis College of the Arts, this sprawling park has outdoor and indoor activities for the entire family. Walk along the trails and absorb nature, play a game of soccer or let the little ones run wild at the playground.
Address: Poplar Avenue & East Parkway North, Memphis, TN 38105 - MAP
Phone: (901) 728-6370
With two lakes and miles of hiking trails, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
is perfect for boating, biking and outdoor activities. Enjoy swimming, fishing, horseback riding and disc golf at this beautiful park. Pack a tent and camp among the large oak, cypress and tupelo trees or rent a cabin and enjoy modern luxuries in the woods.
Address: 901 Riddick Road, Memphis, TN 38103 - MAP
Phone: (901) 876-5201
Listen to a performance in an outdoor setting at the Handy Park Amphitheater
during the evenings. Handy Park is located downtown on famous Beale Street. This beautiful park has plenty of space on the lawn and between the trees to spread out a blanket as you take in the music of different bands, from blues to rock.
Address: 200 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103 - MAP
Phone: (901) 526-0115
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown at Court Square
. This urban park is a small haven for those in the city. One of the original city squares, this plaza offers the shade of a pavilion, beautiful Greek statues and cooling fountains. Look for the occasional outdoor concert, lunchtime karaoke and even visits from the circus elephants!
Address: 62 North Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103 - MAP
Phone: (901) 521-1199
The arts and horticulture merge at Dixon Gallery and Gardens
. Enjoy the art collection, including French and American Impressionist paintings, as well as eight to ten traveling exhibitions annually. The Dixon's 17-acre wooded campus originated as a private residence but has grown into an accredited museum and one of the finest horticultural complexes in the state.
Address: 4339 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117 - MAP
Phone: (901) 761-5250
Enjoy the outdoors and the water at Mud Island River Park
. Located on a peninsula and surrounded by the Mississippi and Wolf Rivers, this park is accessible by monorail, foot, car or ferry and filled with fun activities for everyone. Rent a bike to ride along the winding pathways, or take to the waterways in a canoe or kayak rental.
Address: 125 North Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103 - MAP
Phone: (901) 576-6595