Cheap, Free, Fun!
Your family can have plenty of fun this summer without spending a fortune. We've rounded-up some of the best deals and low-cost activities in town. Take off with our week's worth of ideas.
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Pick back up on the history trail today. Davies Manor Plantation, Shelby County’s oldest log home, offers a glimpse of life in the mid-1800s. Tour the house, outbuildings, and plantation grounds. ($5/adults, $3/students.) It's open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
Get wet at the water park at W.C. Johnson Park in Collierville. While there, you’ll also find live music and food at the Sunset on the Square Summer Concert Series at historic Town Square; Thursday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. through July.
Live music also rocks the Levitt Shell in Overton Park. The free concert series runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings through June.
In Germantown, the new Bobby Lanier Farm Park (2700 Cross Country, next to Germantown Elementary School on Stout Road) opens June 20th. Check out free Discovery Fridays, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., through August 10th. Your family can learn more about farming, gardening, and living the green life through hands-on activities.
The Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a good bet since it’s free from 10 a.m. until noon. On the first Saturday of the month, Family Studio Day offers the chance to create, and explore the world of art through children’s books.
Enjoy a family bike ride on the Greenline, a 7-mile paved urban trail connecting Midtown with Shelby Farms Park. Kids will love the innovative Woodland Discovery Playground there. Rent a paddleboat at Patriot Lake ($18 for a four-seater). Check out Kids’ Club (annual membership/$10).
You can learn about our Native American heritage at Chucalissa and the C. H. Nash Museum. They host Family Activities at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ($5/adults, $3/kids) that include crafting pottery, making music with instruments, beading and more. Afterwards, take a guided tour of the museum or hike along shaded trails.
The newly opened Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum at Central Station tells the story of Memphis’ railroad history through artifacts and model trains. Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. ($3/adults, $1/ages 4-12.)
While there, tour downtown aboard the vintage Main Street Trolley. Trolleys run every 10 minutes. ($1/adults.)
Cap off a great week at a Memphis Redbirds game. Bluff seating is $5/advance, $9/game day. Kids can even run the bases after Sunday games.