Going All Out(Side) In Memphis: The Best Spots To Explore

Memphis residents are truly fortunate; we enjoy outdoor activities almost year-round, thanks to our temperate weather. Whether it's hitting the links, the trails, or family-focused attractions, Memphis is a stellar choice for outdoor enthusiasts. Biking and hiking, of course, don't really have seasons, per se, and dedicated year-round athletic types enjoy plenty of smooth and scenic trails, from the Wolf River Greenway to the challenging trails at Shelby Farms. For families, the Farms is a must-hit, as is the Memphis Zoo, where you can talk to the animals and their keepers almost every day. When it comes to nature walks, there's no better bet than Lichterman Nature Center, while the spectacular gardens at the Dixon or Memphis Botanic Gardens are rich with splendor, color, and smell.  You can add a bit of history and lore into a visit at the Mud Island River Park, where a scale model of the Mississipi River entices kids and adults alike to dip their toes in the hot summer months. Whether Memphis has more than enough outdoor pursuits to satisfy serious athletes, dedicated joggers or just those of us who love a great picnic al fresco, our list will help you plan a great day outdoors in the Bluff City.



A 50-acre wonderland of history and exploration in rural northwest Tennessee is the best way to describe Discovery Park, the brainchild of a local philanthropist. Located in Union City - the county seat of the agricultural Obion County -...  Read More

Dixon Gallery and Gardens
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Since 1976, this museum has housed a spectacular Impressionist collection including Degas, Monet and Pisarro, and the collection of art is rivaled only by the gorgeous gardens surrounding what was once one of Memphis' finest estates. The...  Read More



Taking advantage of an island that sprang up in the Mississippi in the early 20th century, this park offers a variety of attractions. Among them are the Mississippi River Museum, which tracks both the river's development and the culture and...  Read More



Set on 65 acres in East Memphis, the Lichterman serves as an education center and escape from the city, with lake, meadow and forest; and the plants, birds, and animals associated with this biodiversity. A certified arboretum, Lichterman...  Read More

Memphis Botanic Garden
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With almost 100 acres of gardens set in the middle of East Memphis, there's something for any lover of the outdoors at MBG, including the serenity of a Japanese garden, a huge herb garden and a sensory garden. And there's 'My Big Backyard' -...  Read More



Named for a courageous citizen who rescued 32 people when a steamer went down in the Mississippi in 1925, this park runs along the mighty river, and offers gorgeous views of the river and the city skyline. The park is home to a number of...  Read More



The Memphis Zoo is consistently rated one of the top zoos in the country, both for its breadth of exhibits in an easy-to-navigate layout, and for the sheer fact that one can get pretty close to the animals in almost every habitat. With giant...  Read More



This low-lying park on Mud Island / in Harbor Town offers locals a chance to run, walk, bike or play with the dog right along the Mississippi Riverfront. With open green space, shade trees, and a view of the river and downtown that can't be...  Read More



Wolf River Greenway runs through Memphis and Germantown, and is part of the longer Greater Memphis Greenline that will eventually connect Collierville to downtown Memphis. The Wolf runs along the Wold River, and includes a wide paved path for...  Read More



At five times larger than New York's Central Park, Shelby Farms is a recreational oasis at the far eastern reaches of the city, adjacent to the suburban communities of Germantown and Cordova. The farms are home to the national headquarters...  Read More


Meet Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally