Spring Break in Memphis

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One of the many available trails at Shelby Farms. Photo courtesy of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

March in Memphis is one of the greatest months of the year, as the city comes out of a winter fog of cold, ice and dark misery. Well, actually, winters in Memphis aren’t that bad, but sometimes those 24- to 48-hour windows of misery are just enough to send you over the edge.

The middle weeks of March are filled with spring break fun at Memphis-area colleges and public and private schools. The weather begins to warm and children find their way to the Memphis Zoo, March Madness basketball action is on during the day and families are heading off to the beach for an escape. But plenty of visitors find their way to Memphis, too, and there are plenty of reasons to enjoy spring break in Memphis.

Visit a museum

If you are visiting Memphis, chances are it has something to do with the city's music heritage or civil rights history. With Sun Studio, the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Graceland, there are plenty of ways to learn about the birth of rock 'n' roll. But Memphis music is so much more than Elvis Presley and rock 'n' roll.

The Memphis Sound has a home at Stax, arguably the best museum in the city and one of the best music museums anywhere. Rock 'n' Soul Museum covers the blues, country and gospel legacy of the city, and of course Graceland is heaven for any Elvis fan.

The National Civil Rights Museum opened at the Lorraine Motel and honors where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. The museum had a massive renovation that made its debut in 2014.

There are plenty of other great museums, too: Memphis Brooks Museums of Art, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Children's Museum of Memphis, Pink Palace, Memphis Fire Museum and more.

Find a bike lane:

Bike lanes are hot item in Memphis with miles being added throughout the city and Shelby County every year. The Shelby Farms Greenline is a popular 6.5-mile lane that stretches from the Broad Avenue Arts District to Shelby Farms Park. And there are plenty of other paths as well as dedicated bike lanes on roadways throughout the community. One of the newest is the transformation of the southbound lanes of Riverside Drive into a dedicated bike and running path that goes along Tom Lee Park and the Mississippi River.

Discover Shelby Farms Park:

Shelby Farms Park has an abundance of activities that gets the whole family outdoors. There are miles of trails, bike rentals, horseback riding, off-road trails, the massive Woodland Discovery Playground and so much more. Patriot Lake also has plenty of boating fun.

Visit the Memphis Zoo:

Kids and adults all love the Memphis Zoo, annually honored as one of the nation's best. Enjoy polar bears and sea lions of Northwest Passage, check out the grizzlies at Teton Trek, Primate Canyon, Cat Country and many more exhibits. Everyone loves the pandas, but save time for fun spots like Once Upon a Farm, too.