There’s a ton to do in and around Memphis, but what about if you’re working on a budget? Have no fear: Memphis is not lacking for free, family-friendly activities to take part in. Consider the following among your best bets.
Memphis Zoo Free Days
Every Tuesday from 2 p.m. to close, the Memphis Zoo offers free admission. This gives all families the opportunity to view the zoo’s many animal exhibits, including the rare Giant Panda.
Mud Island Riverwalk
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day from April to October, the Mud Island Riverwalk gives visitors scenic views of the Mississippi River and a window into its importance to Memphis’s history. The riverwalk spans five city blocks and features bridges and historic markers along the way to further your experience and understanding.
Memorial Park Crystal Shrine Grotto
There’s nothing in the world quite like this man-made cavern, designed by Mexican artist Dionicio Rodriguez. Located in the Memorial Park Cemetery, the Crystal Shrine Grotto is filled with religious dioramas as well as rock formations and crystals.
Shelby Farms Park
Featuring trails, a playground with splash area, fishing, up to 4,500 acres of space to play, and even a herd of live buffalo, Shelby Farms Park is the perfect place to take little ones for a day of outdoor quality time.
Pink Palace Museum
While the Pink Palace Museum’s main purpose is to educate visitors about the history of Memphis, it also offers a full-size replica of the first Piggly Wiggly grocery store and the opportunity to visit with Tyra the T. rex. It’s free to visit on Tuesdays starting at 1 p.m.