Graduate School August 2023 Blog

Explore Nature & Sports in Memphis, TN

Our August blog is all about getting active and exploring nature and sports in Memphis! Whether you’re an avid sports fan, super active, a thrill-seeker, or an adventurer, there’s something in Memphis for everyone.

Not only do we hope you enjoy this edition, but we also challenge you to try one of the activities listed below! 😊 We’ll see you out there!

#1. The Memphis Grizzlies!

We can’t talk about the Memphis sports scene without mentioning the Memphis Grizzlies! FedEx Forum is the place to be to experience a real NBA game!

#2. Kayak & Canoe Memphis!

Ready to explore Memphis from the water? Kayak Memphis and Mississippi River Expeditions are 2 great ways to rent a kayak or a canoe to go on an adventure! The views are impeccable and photo-worthy!

#3. Take me out to the ballgame!

Catch a Memphis Redbirds baseball game! You can always expect great food, an array of cold beverages, an exciting environment, and a wonderful game!

#4. Soccer with the Memphis 901 FC is a good time!

You don’t want to miss the Memphis 901 FC match against Indy Eleven on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00 pm at AutoZone Park in Downtown Memphis! It’s always an electric, good time!!

#5. The PGA Tour kicks off in Memphis!!


The FedEx St. Jude Championship is absolutely iconic!! From August 9-13 some golf greats will be in town! Grab your ticket and meet us on the course!

Want to score your own hole-in-one? You can also grab your 9 irons and explore a few of our local golf courses.

Memphis also has 3 local golf bars where you can practice your swing: Birdie’s, Topgolf Swing Suite Memphis, & Let it Fly Sports Bar!

#6. We wear blue for University of Memphis Athletics


The University of Memphis Athletics is home to a plethora of sports! Grab your blue and white, get a ticket, and support your Tigers!

#7. Explore Memphis on 2 wheels!


Did you know Memphis has a great biking community? Not only does Memphis have a great bike-sharing program that offers 80 convenient pick-up/drop-off locations across the city, but there are several popular biking clubs and countless trails that make it easy to get a ride in. Biking is a great way to explore Memphis, get around, get into nature, and get some exercise!

#8. Lace-up your shoes & get some fresh air!

Escape the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day grind, and take a hike! Whether you’re looking for an easy route or something a bit more challenging, Memphis has some great hiking trails! Don’t forget your sunscreen, bug spray, water, and a few snacks, and enjoy the great outdoors.

#9. So, have you heard about Shelby Farms??

Walk, run, bike, paddle...and see bison and horses! Covering over 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms is known as one of the “largest urban parks in the US and the world...” It’s a great place to have a picnic, run a 5K, grab some food at a food truck, experience local events, and the list goes on and on. On any given day, people are flying kites, fishing, playing soccer, painting, and doing other outdoor activities. It’s a wonderful green space in Memphis to hang out! It even has a “secret beach” that became not-so-secret this summer! 😉

#10. How high can you go?

From bouldering, and top-roping, to lead climbing High Point Climbing and Fitness’ Memphis location has something for every adventurer! It’s rock climbing at its finest & the largest rock-climbing facility in Tennessee!

Memphis Rox is another great, local rock-climbing facility with a very welcoming community!

#11. Overton Park & “the Shell”

The Overton Park Shell is Memphis’ amphitheater where locals and visitors can see great outdoor shows and concerts year-round!

Overton Park is an amazing 342-acre park that is great for playing, picnics, yoga, Tai Chi, treks, and exploring. There are a host of events held there weekly. It’s close to some great attractions like the Memphis Zoo, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and Memphis College of Art.

#12. Big River Crossing

You can’t be in Memphis and not visit Big River Crossing! It's known as “the country’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge.” Spanning 10 miles, it’s not only a great place to visit on foot or on bike, but at night it’s always lit up! It’s certainly a site to see!

Care to go further? Big River Crossing leads to Big River Trail which is a 70-mile route to explore.