Bargain Thursday-Adventure Getaways


It may be the most fun bargain we've done in a long time.  Get up and have some fun. We've found inexpensive ways to fly high, cruise the river to the gulf, and hit the trails without leaving the Mid-South.  

Make this a summer to remember.

They fly through the air with the greatest of ease.  Believe it, or not, you can learn the flying trapeze and other contemporary circus moves without going to Vegas.  "Anybody can learn circus. We teach age groups: 4 all way up to 60," says Valeria Russell of Valeria's Wings.

Valeria Russell trained in San Francisco.  Now she lives in Midtown where you can drop in on one class or spend your summer learning the ropes.  "They will learn to fly on silks, to do hoop, to fly trapeze, teach juggling, and teach acrobalance..."

Adventure awaits, rent a bike and high-tail it through the city or just cruise by the river.

Chris Ferrar says, "You forget how much fun a bike is until you get on it."

10-dollars buys you two hours of bike rental from Mud Island River Park Adventure Center.  You can relive the days of Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn by canoeing or kayaking along the Mighty Mississippi.  "You can be experienced paddler or someone who has never been in the water before.  We'll give our tips on how to paddle a kayak or canoe up into Wolf River Harbor and see wildlife and experience true adventure!" says Alisa Bradley from Mud Island Adventure Center.

Shannon Marking remarked, "I haven't done it since 7th grade but it was fun!"

Branden Asemah said, "It was intimidating to get into the boat.  After a few minutes it was, 'Oh, this is pretty cool' and go as fast as I could then stop...really relaxing at that point."

Once you're suited up it's up to you!  The Wolf River Harbor offers adventure on the water as you drift past, and under, some of Memphis' iconic landmarks.

Alisa Bradley says, "It goes about two miles north of here. go past the pyramid past AW Willis bridge always something to see, ducks, birds wildlife..."

FOX 13's anchor Trey Paul suggests this might even make a quick romantic getaway.  "You can recreate the infamous scene from "The Notebook" here on the Mississippi River."

Downside?  There is only one single-person kayak. That's $15 an hour.  The double kayaks and the canoes are $20 per one hour rental.  Children must be at least nine years old.

Little kids can always climb aboard a giant swan, framed against the Memphis skyline. It's a dramatic way to get some exercise and spend quality time with your kids.  Five dollars per person buys Made-in-Memphis memories in the "Gulf of Mexico."

Mud Island is free.  The pedal boats are at the end.  Wade through the mock-up of the Mississippi and then cruise the gulf without leaving the City of Memphis. 

"It's great, it's a cornucopia of activities," says Ferrer. 

Or go east for some rootin' tootin' fun.  Quantral Fletcher, first-time rider says, "I felt like I was on a wind horse. The wind was to my back and it looked so peaceful."

The horse stables at Shelby Farms are like a mini-vacation to a dude ranch where $25 buys you anyone over an hour on the trails.  J.B. Farrell runs Shelby Farms Stables and says, "We'll get you up on the horse and show you how to do everything. We make it easy."

And really this is only the beginning.  There are so many options for fun activities in the Mid-South. Just ask around, don't sit around, have a ball this summer!




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