MEMPHIS, Tenn — The first official day of Summer isn’t until June 21 (and some even say Memorial Day marks the start of the season), but that doesn’t mean Memphians can’t act like the warmest time of the year isn’t here already.
Here are just a few ideas for anyone looking to make the most of the sunshine:
Enjoy the Overton Park Shell Concert Series
With its new name comes a new concert series for the summer. This Sunday, the venue formerly known as the Levitt Shell hosts the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Starting promptly at 7:30, the orchestra will perform a “Sunset Symphony” that will last until around 9. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, but food and beverages can also be bought in the “ShellEats community area.” Dogs (on a leash) are also welcome in designated places.
Discover the Ducks at the Peabody
Though it is typically considered a "tourist activity" by some, did you know that the Peabody duck parade is completely free? This parade occurs daily at both 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., but don't waddle—it is recommended to show up about half an hour early to see the ducks. Speaking of animals...
Watch the wildlife at The Memphis Zoo
Whether you’re popping in to see the penguin feeding or the sea lion show, The Memphis Zoo is no stranger to wild outdoor weekend activities. You can check the zoo’s daily schedule to find out when your favorite animals are being featured. A new attraction is also set to be open soon—the "AquiFUR," a water-themed “splash-pad.”
Learn about historical movements at the National Civil Rights Museum
Offering 260 artifacts in 5 extensive permanent exhibits, it is never a bad time to take a look at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. The stories that set the course of change in a nation are told through short films, oral histories, interactive media and more. If you haven't experienced it, the museum is free specifically on Mondays from 3 p.m. until closing time.
Cool down at a local ice cream shop
Sure, there’s any number of chain ice cream shops you could venture to on a hot day in Memphis, but places like Mempops, Jerry’s Sno Cones and La Michoacana offer local flair that satisfies while supporting a Bluff City brand. Toward the end of the upcoming weekend, you’ll also be able to enjoy tasty treats during “ice cream Sunday” at the AutoZone park. This brings directly us to our next idea:
Catch the Redbirds at AutoZone park
Friday, Saturday and Sunday night The Redbirds are taking flight against the Iowa Cubs. As we previously mentioned, Sunday marks “Ice Cream Sunday,” but there’s a Terminix Fireworks show at the Saturday game.
Enjoy the outdoors at Shelby Farms
Peruse the Bass Pro Pyramid
From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. you have the opportunity to shop and game at the Bass Pro Pyramid, but did you know you can bowl (starting at 11 a.m.) too? "Fishbowl Bowling" offers 13 underwater-themed bowling lanes for the whole family to enjoy. Additionally, the country’s tallest free-standing elevator will lift you 300 feet in the air to take in the sights of Memphis, Tennessee.
See the sights at the Mud Island River Park
Venturing downtown? Explore Mud Island River Park. You can't miss the skybridge, which can be accessed from 125 N. Front Street.
Escape the heat at Splash Park
One way to let the kids cool down is "H2Oh! Splash Park" at The Children's Museum of Memphis. Admission is $12 per person and they are open seasonally (starting on Memorial Day) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.