Outdoors memphistravel.com memphistravel Kayaks on the Mississippi River Allen’s Kayaking Adventures will prep and outfit you for as much or as little Mississippi River adventure as you want. Want to paddle out just far enough to Instagram a pic of the Memphis skyline? You got it. But Allen’s also has you covered if you want to add in a picnic, stay out for half a day or even overnight. The Harahan Bridge was once a busy corridor for cars and trains crossing the Mississippi River from downtown Memphis to Arkansas. On its 100th birthday, the bridge was transformed into Big River Crossing, a rails-to- trails project that unfurled a path for pedestrians and cyclists. At one mile in length, this is the longest pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi. The views it affords are one-of-a-kind too. Rent a bike and follow the Green Line or squeeze in some strength work at Riverfit in Tom Lee Park. This series of fitness stations is poised along the river’s edge, guaranteeing you’ll never do a chin-up with a better view. Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid in Memphis is one of the most dynamic and immersive retail experiences in the world. It’s more than a store; it’s an adventure! In addition to an incredible assortment of fishing, boating, hunting and outdoor gear, the mega store includes a 103-room hotel with treehouse cabins. If you’re looking to explore your wild side, look no further than The Memphis Zoo. The meandering streams, crisp waterfalls, native plants and tranquil gardens alone are a great reason to visit. Hop on the tram and see everything from exotic animals, the petting zoo, penguins and everything in between. Head out east to experience Shelby Farms Park. Spanning 4,500 acres, it is one of the largest urban parks in the country. At five times the size of New York City’s Central Park, there is a rope climbing course, zip lining, paddle boarding, kayaking plus numerous trails for hiking, running and biking. More of a sports fan? Watch the Memphis Grizzlies grit and grind on the basketball court, take in a Redbirds baseball game at AutoZone Park, or check out a University of Memphis football game. Kayaking along the Mississippi River Downtown Memphis, USA Get outdoors in Memphis and experience activities you don’t typically find in a city in the South and are available year- round thanks to its great outdoor weather. MEMPH I S M I S SI S S IP P I Cycle Trail in Memphis Shelby Farms Park (image by Allen Gillespie) Image by Alan Spearman Im ag e by Cr aig Th om ps on