Are you heading to Memphis with kids and worrying that you won’t find enough for them to do? Have no fear — Memphis is a family-friendly city with lots of attractions and adventures for little ones. Pick the activities that are best suited to your children’s ages and interests from this list and you can’t go wrong planning your family’s Memphis vacation.

Memphis Children’s Museum

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This is an indoor learning environment designed to fuel your kids’ imagination, but don’t tell the children that they’re learning. To kids, it just looks like a giant indoor play space. Once you get inside, your job is just to relax and let your kids guide themselves. They’ll discover an art studio, tree house, fire engine, sheriff’s car, grocery store, climbing wall, splash park, and more. The whole family will sleep well after a day at the Memphis Children’s Museum. Admission is $15. Add the Splash Park for just $5 more.


Mud Island River Park

Ride the monorail to Mud Island, where you’ll find a riverwalk that is a replica of the Lower Mississippi, and a Mississippi River Museum as well. At the southern end of the riverwalk, you’ll find pedal boats (in whimsical shapes that include pirate ships, dragons, and swans) in a one-acre area that offers a fantastic view of the Memphis skyline. Rent a boat for 30 minutes for just $5.


Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals, including giant pandas, meerkats, Komodo dragons, and puffer fish. You and your kids can hang out with hippos at the Zambezi River Hippo Camp, feed budgies, learn about farm animals, or watch a giraffe eat his dinner. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for ages 2–11, and $1 for seniors age 60 and up.


The Pink Palace Family of Museums

This complex of museums offers something for every member of the family, from dinosaurs to fossils to constellations. The Pink Palace Mansion, with its beloved Piggly Wiggly replica, Country Store, and Miniature Circus exhibits, is being renovated and will reopen in June 2018. The Planetarium is a family favorite, and so is the Science Center and the Nature Center. A 3D theater and collection of historic homes round out the Pink Palace museum family.


Family Food & Lodging

Memphis offers kid-friendly food and lodging options as well. Huey’s, which is a local chain with several locations, has been voted the #1 Kid-Friendly Restaurant in Memphis. Gus’s Fried Chicken is famous the world over, so if your kids like fried chicken in a simple down-home location, head to Front Street. HotelPlanner can help you find Memphis hotels with kid-friendly amenities, such as swimming pools, kitchenettes, or on-site daycare, all over the city and in its quiet suburbs.

Memphis is a surprisingly family-oriented city with plenty of attractions to keep kids busy and entertained for a long weekend or a full week’s vacation. Throw in a hotel with a swimming pool, plenty of slow-cooked barbecue, and lively country music. Your whole family will come home from this vacation wearing big smiles.