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While in Memphis, there is plenty to see and do.
Here are a few attractions you will not find elsewhere.
See the premier collection of bridge-related artifacts, including spectacular collections of trump indicators and trophies, at ACBL Headquarters. Bridge comes alive at the ACBL Museum, from homages to early legends to the modern era.
Visit the home of the blues. Beale Street is one of the city’s most popular attractions and features bars, restaurants, music clubs, and shopping. Be sure to hit the historic A. Schwab Trading Co. for a unique collection of goods and the soda fountain. There’s plenty to see and do well into the early morning hours.
Daily, 11 am to 3 am
After 11 pm all patrons must be at least 21 years old.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland
Take an unforgettable journey through the world’s most famous rock ‘n’ roll residence. Elvis called Graceland home for more than 20 years, and the museum allows you to tour his beloved mansion just as it was in its heyday. It also features many artifacts and photos from significant periods of his life, including his stunning costumes. Bring a sharpie and sign the famous Graceland wall.
3717 Elvis Presley Boulevard
Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 9 am to 4 pm
National Civil Rights Museum
A must-see collection of exhibits, film and interactive media showcasing the American civil rights movement. At the National Civil Rights Museum you can immerse yourself in five centuries of history, from the beginning of slavery to the seminal events of the late 20th century.
450 Mulberry Street
Wednesday to Monday, 9 am to 5 pm
Big River Crossing
Big River Crossing (is a 5000-foot bicycle and pedestrian path spanning the Mississippi River and offering unparalleled views. More than 100,000 lights give a bright display of patterns and season color shows hourly.
Harahan Bridge, 235 Virginia Avenue
Daily, 6 am to 10 pm
The Peabody Ducks
Catch the honored tradition of the Peabody Duck March down a red carpet to the Peabody Hotel’s fountain. Led with fanfare by the Peabody Duckmaster.
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
The Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid is much more than a store in a Memphis landmark. This giant site features an indoor swamp with alligator pools, 10 aquariums, an interactive wetlands and waterfowl education museum, restaurants, a bowling alley and more.
Backbeat Tours offers a variety of city tours to suit every interest. Try the Graceland Tour, the Memphis Ghost Tour or the highly rated Memphis Mojo Tour, which takes you on a unique musical adventure with live performances.
Home of the Memphis Minor League Baseball team, the Memphis Redbirds. With accolades for its classic, neo-traditional style, the ballpark stands out in Downtown Memphis. The videoboard is the largest in Minor League Baseball, and an open concourse ensures you’ll never lose sight of the game. Current schedule shows a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on March 25, 2019.
A one-of-a-kind space, the Crosstown Concourse sits in the old Sears distribution center and was recently revived to become a “vertical urban village.” After marveling the incredible architecture, enjoy lots of local dining and shopping.
Encounter more than 100 years of Memphis history, dramatic architecture, ornate monuments and ancient trees at Elmwood Cemetery. Many of the city’s most famous figures are buried here along with Civil War veterans and those who fell to the Yellow Fever epidemic.
The Memphis Zoo
Get nose-to-nose with polar bears, giant pandas, hippos, gorillas, timber wolves, tigers and thousands of other animals from around the world at the renowned Memphis Zoo. The daily schedule includes zookeeper chats, feedings and sea lion shows.
The Metal Museum is the only institution in the United States devoted to the art and craft of fine metalwork. The museum features a large collection of ironwork, jewelry and sculpture along with a working blacksmith shop, unique gifts and amazing views of the Mississippi River.
Experience the revitalized Overton Square, a hotspot of arts and activity. Located in the heart of the Memphis Theater District, Overton Square has the best range of locally-owned dining, shopping and entertainment in Memphis.
Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
A Smithsonian Institution, the target=”_blank”>Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum tells the story of musical pioneers who created music that shook the world, from rural music of the 1930s to the rhythm of the 1970s and beyond.
South Main Arts District
Visit the historic neighborhood of South Main for unique shops, exceptional dining and fine art galleries. Be sure to stop by Earnestine & Hazel’s to see the haunted jukebox. Trolley Night – the last Friday of the month – features special hours and deals at local businesses and live music.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music follows the story of a tiny movie theater turned into a soulful recording studio featuring a distinctive Memphis sound. While you hear Stax hits, like “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding, you’ll also tour an amazing collection of artifacts and interactive videos.
It’s been said that “If music was a religion, then Memphis would be Jerusalem and Sun Studio its most holy shrine.” Tour the legendary site that is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, where the careers of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Roy Orbison and many more were launched.
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