101 Family Day Trips and Staycations around Memphis | Kids Out and About Memphis

101 Family Day Trips and Staycations around Memphis

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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Memphis. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Explore Gardens & Sculpture Parks

  Memphis Botanic Garden
Metal Museum
Brooks Museum Outdoor Sculptures
Gigi's Lavender Farm
Dixon Gallery & Garden
Overton Park Formal Gardens


Get Wild on a Hike

Village Creek State Park
Overton Park
Petit Jean State Park
Wolf River Conservancy
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
Pinnacle Mountain
Blanchard Springs

Time Travel Today

Morton Museum of Collierville History
National Civil Rights Museum
Mississippi River Museum
Cotton Museum
The C.H Nash Museum at the Chucalissa Archaeological Site
Historic Houses
Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum

Splash into Some Water Fun

BRC Splash Pad
Shelby Farms Park Water Play Sprayground
Memphis Jewish Community Center Outdoor Waterpark

Spend the Day at a Museum

National Civil Rights Museum at The Lorraine Motel
Pink Palace Museum
Metal Museum
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
The Memphis Rock 'n Soul Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Children's Museum of Memphis
Blues Hall of Fame Museum
Memphis Music Hall of Fame
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
The Withers Collection Museum & Gallery

Explore These Cities

  Southaven, MS
West Memphis, TN
Little Rock

All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Tom Lee Park
Mud Island River Park
Memphis Riverboats
Tennessee Central Railway

Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  The Farm Park
Nesbit Blueberry Plantation
Windermere Farms & Apiaries
Mid-South Tree Farm
Falcon Ridge Farm

Play Ball!

  Memphis Blast
Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Redbirds
  University of Memphis Tigers

Treat Yo' Self

  Area 51 Ice Cream
Sweet Noshings  
La Michoana
Margie's 901 Homemade Ice Cream and Cakes
Parker's Water Ice
Ice Cream Plus Inc
Wayne's Candy Company
Dinstuhl's Fine Candies
Beale Sweets Sugar Shack

Connect with Nature

Lichterman Nature Center
  Strawberry Plains Audobon Center
Country Gardens
Overton Park Conservancy

Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

Magic Springs Theme & Water Park
Geyser Falls Water Theme Park

Talk to the Animals

  Memphis Zoo

Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art
Memphis Greek Festival
Africa in April

Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

Jackson Falls
  Sipsey Wilderness

Get Active Indoors

  Andy B's Bartlett
Autobahn Indoor Speedway
Billy Hardwick's All Star Lanes
Cordova Bowling Center
Cordova Skating Center
East End Skating Center
Get Air Memphis
Jumping World
Main Event Entertainment
Incredible Pizza Company
Mid South Ice House
Pump It Up
Winchester Bowl

Challenge Yourself

  Paint a Piece
The Art Project
Pitter Potter Studio
Seize the Clay

Shop Your Heart Out

  Laurelwood Shopping Center
Regalia Shopping Center
Southgate Plaza
Wolfchase Galleria
Oak Court Mall
Carriage Crossing

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Memphis. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away