If you find yourself with a day off or need a place to get away, a day trip might be just the thing. Whether you stay in Memphis or travel a bit, there’s a lot in and around the city from which to choose.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Pickwick Landing State Park

About 100 miles from Memphis, Pickwick is the perfect place for a nature lover’s day trip. Rent a boat, hike, golf, fish, four wheel – think up your own possibilities for an outdoor day off.

In about an hour you can be in Oxford’s quaint town square or on the Ole Miss campus. Oxford is a great spot for history buffs and football fans, and the town square and university are nice spots to visit on a rainy day. The town is also close to Sardis Lake for adventurers.

Memphis Zoo

If you have kids and want to stay in the city, the Memphis Zoo has enough activities for a full day. Children can beat the heat by playing in the geysers at Teton Trek, and the animal shows last all day. Save money by packing lunch and having a picnic.

A Day Downtown

Even if you’ve lived in Memphis for a long time, there are probably places downtown you’ve never been to before. Visiting downtown Memphis could save time and money or serve as an upscale option for a special occasion. Start out with a museum visit, like:

    • The Cotton Museum
    • The National Civil Rights Museum
    • Metal Museum
    • The Gibson Guitar Museum
    • The Underground Railroad Museum, or
    • The Mud Island River Park and Museum.

Grab lunch downtown at one of the many amazing restaurants on Beale or S. Main, and top it off with a riverboat trip on the Mississippi.

Have a favorite day trip of your own? Share it with us in the comments!