The Four Best Memphis Family Outings for $20 or Less

Children's Museum in Memphis

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Memphis is becoming one of the top family-friendly destinations in Tennessee. There are a number of educational destinations that are just as much fun as they are learning opportunities. Each of the four spots we’ve listed also boast tickets under $20 per person, so you can avoid costly admission bills. Read on to find our top four kid-friendly attractions so you can start planning your next family outing today.

Children’s Museum of Memphis

This museum is a child’s paradise. Every exhibit encourages touching and interaction, so parents don’t have to stress about their kids keeping their hands to themselves. A theater area encourages imaginative play, complete with costumes and puppets, while other areas feature virtual simulation rides so kids can experience adventures with no chance of accidents.

The most popular exhibit is the Skyscraper. A multi-level vertical maze, this exhibit is for children over 4, and it provides hours of entertainment and exercise for kids. Playscape is catered to those too young to enter the Skyscraper, and it has a variety of age- and size-appropriate exploration areas.

Admittance to the Children’s Museum of Memphis is $12 for just the museum, and $15 if your kids are interested in the play areas. The museum is located at 2525 Central Ave., and it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, with an extra hour in the evenings over the weekend.

Mud Island River Park and Mississippi River Museum

At Mud Island, guests are treated to a to-scale reproduction of the Mississippi River that demonstrates the changing conditions of the river as time has gone on. “The Belle of the Bluffs” is an authentic reproduction of the front half of an 1870s steamboat, which is both interesting and educational to explore. There’s also a Blues Museum, a must-see for any music lover.

The museum ticket cost includes all on-site attractions and runs $10 for kids 3-17, $15 for adults, and $13 for ages 65+. The museum transportation is located at 125 N. Front St., and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Memphis Zoo

What kid doesn’t love the zoo? Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. over the summer and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter, tickets run between $10-15, making the Memphis Zoo one of the most affordable and family-friendly zoos in the area. One of the top-rated zoos in the country because of not only the breadth of exhibits and ease of access, but also because of the care and treatment of the animals, Memphis Zoo is a great place to learn about the world.

The zoo is located at 2000 Galloway Ave., and parking costs $5.

Discovery Park of America

Situated on 50 acres filled with play and education, Discovery Park of America is a favorite with families. A flat admission rate of $13.95 keeps it budget-friendly, while the vast array of different activities provides invaluable learning opportunities for both kids and adults. There’s also a large indoor museum with more interactive learning activities.

The park is closed Mondays and is located at 830 Everett Blvd., just outside of Memphis. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for on major holidays.

Memphis is a great place for families with kids, and these four destinations are full of educational opportunities for little ones, as well as lots of fun, and they’re budget-friendly!