The Memphis air is starting to warm up and we’re just itching to get out and explore. Here are some fun ideas that will get you outdoors and exploring the city throughout the spring and summer seasons. Here’s to flowers, fun and all things outdoors!

4 Fun Ways to Spend Time Outdoors in Memphis

Brew with a View

If you haven’t heard by now, Grind City Brewing, the new downtown location of Wiseacre Brewing Co., and Hampline Brewing, located on the Hampline bike path, have taken the Memphis scene by storm — and with good reason. The scenery? Amazing. The drinks? Also amazing. The best part? You can spend time outdoors with friends and family, taking in the views and sipping the brews — living like a true Memphian.

SB TIP: Wondering which brew to order at each brewery? Grind City Brewing has a University of Memphis fan-favorite called Tiger Tail, Wiseacre Brewing’s Memphis Sands is the perfect light beer for a warm day, and Hampline Brewing has a blackberry beer called Tarter than the Average Bear. All are winners!

Grind City Brewing Company

Talk about a view! Image: Grind City Brewing

Wiseacre Brewing Company

Be sure to get one of the brick-oven pizzas while you’re at Wiseacre Brewing Company. Image: Wiseacre Brewing Company

Hampline Brewing Company

Ride your bike to grab a drink at Hampline Brewing Company. Image: Hampline Brewing Company

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Pick Your Outdoor Adventure

Memphis Tourism’s MemphisAdventures.com is a website that encourages locals and visitors alike to get outside, be active, and “Discover Memphis Naturally.” Whether you’re looking to kayak, hike, climb, bike, or simply explore all of Memphis’s amazing green spaces, this is the website to get your adventure started.

SB TIP: Each week, Memphis Adventures does a photo contest, so be sure to tag @naturallyMEM in your photos on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to win a cool prize! 

Discover Memphis Naturally

Find these stairs right across from Tom Lee Park on Huling Avenue. Image: Memphis Adventures

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Walk Across the Mighty Mississippi

Even though Big River Crossing isn’t the newest kid on the block, it’s still something that not a lot of 901 folks know about. In fact, Big River Crossing is the longest pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River. Wanting to explore further? The Big River Trail is a 70-mile graded path that’s on top of the Mississippi River levees, and it can be accessed on Broadway in West Memphis.

SB TIP: If you’re on the bridge at night, be sure to stay for Mighty Lights, a nightly light show that happens at every hour and half-hour from sundown until 10:30 p.m. 

Big River Crossing

Big River Crossing is free and open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Image: Big River Crossing

Big River Crossing

The light show over the Mississippi is a must-see. Image: Big River Crossing

Take a Tour

Love to ride bikes and love the city of Memphis? You’re in luck. Backbeat Tours‘ Memphis Bike Tour is a guided tour led by a knowledgeable and fun guide who will teach you all about the city. A single-rider ticket is $25 and includes the bike, helmet, a bottle of water and an access code for use of the Explore bike during the tour. Each tour lasts two hours and is approximately six miles. You can also do this in groups of eight if you want some friends or out-of-town visitors to bike the bluff along with you. Be sure to click here for dates, times and additional info.

SB TIP: Prefer to keep your feet on the ground? Backbeat Tours also hosts walking tours that explore either historic Memphis or Beale Street. Learn more HERE.

Explore Memphis, riding in style. Image: Explore Bike Share

Here’s to warm weather and exploring Memphis!
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