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60 BEST Things To Do Memphis, TN (Unique & Fun!)

Explore the top 60 unique & fun things to do in Memphis, TN! From Graceland to Beale Street, find the perfect mix of music, history, and BBQ delights for your trip.

Tobi Miles
August 13, 2022
60 BEST Things To Do Memphis, TN (Unique & Fun!)

Memphis is a beloved southern city known for its music scene and delicious BBQ. Located in Tennessee on the Mississippi River, it has plenty of historical landmarks and interesting attractions. There is no shortage of dining and entertainment options when visiting this lively destination.

Memphis, Tennessee offers many unique experiences. The Home of the Blues features a string of music venues, including Lafayette’s Music Room and the Blues Hall. There is something for everyone, from the Memphis Zoo for families to the Memphis Brew Bus Tour for solo travelers. Foodies will enjoy tasting tours through the city to experience southern cuisine at its finest.

Whether you are visiting Memphis to experience rock’n’roll at its core or to get your BBQ fix, there is surely something for you ahead. Read on to discover the best things to do in Memphis for locals and tourists alike.

1. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music

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📍Map It: 926 E McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38126, United StatesPhone: 901-261-6338| Website | Hours: 10 am - 10 pm daily| Entrance: $13 Adults, $12 for Seniors 62+, Active Military, Students with I.D., $10 for Children (Ages 9-12) and Free for Children 8 and under.

The Star Museum of American Soul Music provides insight into the history of Stax Records and American soul music. It is the only museum of its kind in the whole world!

It is located in Memphis at the original Stax Record Studio. When visiting, you can learn about the artists who recorded there and other soul music icons.

The property has interactive exhibits, as well as stages, costumes, and instruments on display. Visitors can view photographs and artifacts from previous times.

2. Cragfont State Historic Site

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📍Map It: 200 Cragfont Rd, Castalian Springs, TN 37031, United StatesPhone: 615-452-7070| Website | Hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm daily| Entrance: $10 – Adult (18+) $9 – Senior (62+) $5 – Student/Child (5-17)and Free for Children 8 and under.

Cragfont, or the Cragfont State Historical Site, is a state historic site and historic house located in Castalian Springs, Sumner County, Tennessee. The frontier house was home to General James Winchester originally. He was known for being a veteran in the War of 1812 and Revolutionary War.

While the site is only open seasonally, guided tours are provided. Plan your visit between April 7th and October 30th.

Related Read: 40 BEST Places To Visit In Tennessee

3. Children's Museum of Memphis

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📍Map It: 2525 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104, United StatesPhone: 901-458-2678| Website | Hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily| Entrance: $15 per person

This is one of the most exciting and interactive experiences for families visiting Memphis. Children are sure to be happy, as you are encouraged to handle every item in this museum.

The emphasis is on engaging, hands-on kid-friendly exhibitions and activities. The themes covered in the exhibits span from plumbing to health, recycling to home building, and finance for transportation.

In the designated theater area, there are artworks, sculptures, weavings, dolls, and outfits for presenting plays. A dinosaur excavation and an outside play area with a basketball court are recent developments.

A movement simulation, a heated balloon, and even a campervan that youngsters can "drive" and "fix" are included in the transport exhibits. There is also a nice gift shop, a brown bag area, and a cafe on the property.

4. Memphis Botanic Garden

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📍Map It750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, TN 38117Phone(901) 636-4100 | Website | Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM (Every Thursday until October 13 open until 8 PM),  9 AM – 4:30 Pm (Winter)| Entrance: Adults $12, Seniors (62+) $10, Children (2-12) $7, Children Under 2 Free, Garden Members Free

A must-see for plant and flower lovers, the Memphis Botanic Garden features over 30 gardens and more than 10,000 different plants. Regularly, the Memphis Botanic Gardens host fun, family-friendly events like Acrylic Painting with Gay Rhodes and Yoga at the Garden. The Mad Hatter's Family Tea Party and Ceramic Cheshire Cat Key Keeper are more exciting events available periodically.

Regardless of when you are planning your visit, there is sure to be plenty of activities to enjoy. Follow their page for more activities and to buy admission tickets!

Related Read: 27 Best Romantic Getaways In Tennessee

5. Graceland

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📍Map It3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard Memphis, TN 38116  | Phone(901) 332-3322Website | Hours: Monday thru Friday 9 AM – 5 PM | Entrance: Ultimate VIP Tour- $196.00 (Children Under 2 Free), Elvis Entourage VIP- $128 (Children Under 4 Free), Elvis Experience Tour- Children 5 to 10 $44.00 – 11+ $77.00, Elvis Presley’s Memphis & Planes- Children 5 to 10 $27-  11+ $48

Home of Elvis Presley, Graceland is one of Memphis's most popular tourist destinations. Visitors can tour the mansion, grounds, and even Elvis' private jets.

Many of the tour packages even include special perks options to buy souvenir merchandise. Meal vouchers for the connected restaurant and exclusive photo access is also offered in many packages.

6. Memphis Zoo

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📍Map It2000 Prentiss Pl, Memphis, TN 38112Phone(901) 333-6500 | Website | Hours: March to October 9 Am – 6 PM, November to February 9 AM – 5 PM| Entrance: Adults (12-59) $23.00, Children $18.00, Seniors (60+) $22.00

The Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3,500 animals, making it one of the largest zoos in the country. Visitors can see lions, tigers, bears, and even penguins.

In fact, visitors can even see animals up close and personal with daily chats and feeding opportunities. Overall, it is an unforgettable experience for the entire family! Tickets can be pre purchased on the zoo’s website before you travel.

7. Peabody Park

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📍Map It712 Tanglewood St, Memphis, TN 38104 | Phone(901) 272-2528 | Website | Hours: Monday thru Thursday 8 AM- 8 PM, Friday 8 AM – 7 PM, Saturday & Sunday 6 AM – 8 PM | Entrance: Free

Deep in the soul of downtown Memphis, Peabody Park is a great place to take a stroll, have a picnic, or just relax. Periodically throughout the year, Peabody Park hosts various festivals and family events.

Related Read: 15 Best Hiking Trails in Tennessee

8. Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Park

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📍Map It651 N Pine Lake Dr, Memphis, TN 38134 | Phone(800) 971-8271  | Website | Hours: Friday thru Monday 9 AM- 3 PM | Entrance: Gorilla Golf $7.95 per person, Axe Throwing-$19.95 per person, Treetop Discovery (10+)-$34.95, Nights at Height- $34.95, Treetop Journey-$29.95, Treetop Adventure- $49.95 (10-15)- $59.95 (16+)

For those looking for a bit of adventure, Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Park offers over 2 miles of zip lines and rope courses. In addition to ziplines and rope courses, Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Park also has many outdoor activities.

These include axe throwing and Gorilla golf. For kids, there are several programs focusing on STEM for an educational experience.

9. Memphis Incredible Pizza Company

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📍Map It1245 N Germantown Pkwy Suite 104, Cordova, TN 38016 | Phone(901) 309-3132 | Website | Hours: Thursday Open 10:00AM (Buffet closes 8:00 PM, Game Room closes 9:00 PM), Friday Open 10:00 AM (Buffet closes 8:30 PM, Game Room closes 9:30 PM), Saturday Open 10:00 AM (Buffet closes 9:00 PM, Game Room closes 10:00 PM), Sunday Open 10:00 AM (Buffet closes 8:00 PM, Game Room closes 9:00 PM) | Entrance: Free

A favorite among locals, the Memphis Incredible Pizza Company is a great place to eat, play games, and have fun. They offer much more than just pizza.

If you are hungry while visiting Memphis, check out their unique menu offerings. Locals love the Ultimate Eat & Play Package, offering access to attractions and a buffet for under $50.

In addition to military discounts, there are some great deals for school-aged children. Those who bring a report card with good grades can take advantage of reduced price tickets.

10. Martin Luther King Riverside Park

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📍Map ItW Mallory Ave, Memphis, TN 38106Phone: +19016364200 | Website | Hours: Summer 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Winter 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM | Entrance: Free

Named for civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., this park features a marina, golf course, tennis courts, walking trail, playground, and a monument to Dr. King. It is not only a historical location, but a great place to spend the day. Pack a blanket and picnic basket for some family fun while in Memphis!

11. Rendezvous Restaurant

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📍Map It52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103 | Phone (901) 523-2746  | Website | Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11 AM – 9 PM, Friday & Saturday: 11 AM – 10 PM | Entrance: Free

A Memphis institution, the Rendezvous Restaurant is known for its world-famous ribs. Visitors can also enjoy live music and a view of the Mississippi River.

Try some local favorites from the menu, including Mama’s Real Greek Salad and the famous Beef Brisket. Don’t forget to try a slice of delicious buttermilk chess pie for dessert!

12. Malco Summer Drive-in

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📍Map It5310 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122 | Phone(901) 767-4320 | Website | Hours: Begins at Dusk | Entrance: Child $9.88, Adult $13.17

For a unique Memphis experience, visitors can head to the Malco Summer Drive-in to watch a movie under the stars. This nostalgic venue is great for solo travelers and families.

Unlike other theaters, viewers can watch lesser-known movies like E.T. and Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Breaking. Enjoy unique films from the inside of your car at this must-see attraction. Become a member to receive Malco Rewards for exclusive access to Tuesday Bargains!

13. The Art Project

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📍Map It2092 Trimble Pl, Memphis, TN 38104 | Phone(901) 425-3434 | Website | Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday to Friday 9 AM – 5 PM | Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM | Sunday 1 PM- 5 PM | Entrance: Art Free Play $18.00, Private Art Free Play $99.00

This is a great place to browse and purchase local art. The Art Project also offers classes and workshops for those interested in learning more about the arts.

During school breaks, a variety of camps are offered for students including Slime Camp and Comic Camp. Cardboard Camp is available as well, all incurring a weekly fee.

In addition, The Art Project partners with several local schools to provide themed art classes for students during summer break. Attendance at the school is not required to be admitted!

14. Fire Museum of Memphis

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📍Map It118 Adams Ave, Memphis, TN 38103Phone(901) 636-5650 | Website | Hours: Monday– Saturday 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM, Closed (Open for special events) | Entrance: Seniors: 60+ $9.00, Adult $10.00, Student (13-17) $9.00, Children (3-12) $8.00, Children 2 and Under Free (Excluding Birthday Parties or Tours), Group Tours (Minimum 10) $5.00, Family Pack $34.00 (Up to 4 family members 2 Adults/2 Children)

The Fire Museum of Memphis is a must-see for anyone interested in firefighting history. The museum features vintage fire trucks, equipment, and more.

Some of the featured exhibits include African American Firefighters, 911 Safety Theater, and Ol’ Billy. It also contains a thrilling escape maze and arcade.

In addition, the outdoor courtyard and banquet room are available to rent for special events! Overall, it is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in Memphis.

15. Golf & Games Family Park

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📍Map It 5484 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38134 | Phone(901) 386-2992 | Website | Hours: Monday to Thursday 9 AM- 10:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM- 11:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 Am- 11:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM- 10:00 PM | Entrance: Monday thru Thursday Wristbands Over 44” $45 & Under 44” $10

Golf & Games Family Park is a great place to spend the day with family and friends. The park offers miniature golf, laser tag, arcade games, and more.

Take a look at some of the current specials on their website. These include daily specials on Monday, where game cards are discounted and include snacks and a soft drink. On Saturdays, discounts are increased for unlimited Putt Putt and popcorn.

16. Beale Street Landing

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📍Map It251 Riverside Dr, Memphis, TN 38103 | Phone (901) 312-9190 | Website | Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM- 5 PM| Entrance: Free

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Beale Street Landing offers stunning views of the river and the Memphis skyline. It is the perfect place to relax and take in the sights.

Check out the walking and bike paths, sightseeing tours, and picnic spots! There is no shortage of things to do in the area while experiencing Memphis culture.

17. Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms

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📍Map It651 N Pine Lake Dr, Cordova, TN 38018 | Phone(901) 222-7275 | Website | Hours: Open from sunrise to sunset year-round (around 6:00 AM to 7: 40 PM check sunrise and sunset times here)| Entrance: Free

Designed by kids for kids, the Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms is great for kids to explore, play, and imagine. It is recommended to plan for at least a few hours when you visit.

With slides, swings, and more, this playground will surely be a hit with the whole family. While visiting, take a stop by the 4,000 sq ft Water Spray Ground to cool off!

18. Pump It Up, Bartlett

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📍Map It8000 US-64 Suite 101, Bartlett, TN 38133 | Phone(901) 386-8700  | Website | Hours: Starting August 16th Open Play Tuesday & Thursday 3:00 PM-6:00 PM, PreK Play Time 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM | Entrance: PreK $10, All ages $12.00

Pump It Up Bartlett is excellent for hosting a child's birthday party or having fun. The facility features inflatable bounce houses, slides, and more.

Many children in the Bartlett and Kate Bond neighborhoods choose to have their birthday parties here. Recently, the facility brought back its Pre-K-only play time for jumpers aged six and under!

19. Court Square Center Park

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📍Map It62 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 | Phone(901) 441-9118 | Website | Hours: Summer 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Winter 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM | Entrance: Free

Located in the heart of downtown Memphis, Court Square Center Park is a great place to relax, and people watch. Many describe the park as an Oasis in the concrete jungle of Memphis. The park features an antique fountain, benches, and plenty of open space.

20. Pitter Potter Mobile

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📍Map It 2143 Exeter Pl, Cordova, TN 38016 | Phone(901) 443-7718 | Website | Hours: Open 24 hrs| Entrance: Free

Pitter Potter Mobile is a mobile pottery studio that offers classes and events for all ages. For your convenience, you can pick out pottery and paints online and pay, then drop off the completed products at Pitter Potter Mobile. Once the potters have finished your works of art, you can pick them up within seven days!

21. Crystal Shrine Grotto

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📍Map It 5668 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38120 | Phone(901) 302-9980 | Website | Hours: Monday thru Friday 6:00 AM- 10:00 PM | Entrance: Free

The Crystal Shrine Grotto is a must-see for anyone visiting Memphis. The grotto features the only man-made crystal cave in the world, a waterfall, crystal-clear pools, and more. It is an excellent adventure to explore the natural wonders of Memphis.

22. Edge Motor Museum

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📍Map It645 Marshall Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 | Phone: (901) 441-2277  | Website | Hours: Monday thru Friday10:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM –3:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Entrance: Adult $10, Child $5, Family (4 or more people) $30

The Edge Motor Museum is great for car lovers of all ages. The museum features a variety of vintage and classic cars, as well as memorabilia and exhibits.

As a car enthusiast, you should consider becoming a member of the Pit Crew. Pit crew members receive perks like free entry and free guest admission. Discounts at the gift shop and previews of exhibits are more of the many benefits offered.

23. Mud Island Park

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📍Map It101 N. Island Dr., Memphis, TN 38103 | Phone(901) 312-9190 | Website | Hours: 6:00 AM- 7:00 PM Daily | Entrance: Free

This is by far one of the best water parks in Tennessee. Mud Island River Park is a great location to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Memphis.

Mud Island is a man-made island in the Mississippi River that features walking trails and a scale model of the river. Visitors can take a monorail to the island, where they will find museums, restaurants, and shops.

24. Backbeat Tours

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📍Map It197 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103 | Phone: (901) 527-9415 | Website | Hours: 10 AM- 8:30 PM Daily| Entrance: $15- $60

Backbeat Tours offers a variety of tours that showcase the best of Memphis. From music history tours to food tours, there is something for everyone.

Some of the tours offered are the Memphis MOJO Tour, Memphis Ghost Tour, and Discovery Tour. The Historic Memphis Tour is another experience that shouldn’t be missed!

25. Sun Studio

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📍Map It706 Union Ave. Memphis, TN 38103  | Website | Hours: Sunday  thru Thursday 10 AM-5:15 PM, Friday & Saturday 10 AM - 6:15 PM | Entrance: Adults $15, Children (5-11) $10

A visit to Memphis would not be complete without a tour of Sun Studio. The studio is known as the "birthplace of rock 'n' roll" and has been home to some of the biggest names in music.

These include Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Once you are done with the tour, stop by the gift shop to bring home your own little piece of rock 'n' roll!

26. Mallory-Neely House

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📍Map It652 Adams Ave, Memphis, TN 38105 | Phone: 901-636-0797  | Website | Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10 am -5 pm

The Mallory-Neely House is a historic landmark located in the Victorian Village District. The area is home to an array of gorgeous 19th-century mansions, many of which are now museums.

Each home in the neighborhood has its own unique style. The Mallory-Neely House boasts original stained glass windows and classic decor from the 1890s.

This particular home is known for its towering height and intricate architecture. The Italian-style abode was renovated in the late 1800s to include an additional level.

The Mallory-Neely House has now been converted to a museum open to the public. It’s Victorian Era decor is showcased by the City of Memphis and Museums Inc. It is currently one of the most visited locations in the district.

27. Cameron Brown Park

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📍Map It8628 Farmington Blvd, Germantown, TN 38139 | Phone: (901) 757-7375  | Website | Hours: 6 AM – 11 PM Daily | Entrance: Free

Cameron Brown Park is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The park has many features to keep visitors entertained including five lighted basketball fields and a lighted soccer field.

Families can take advantage of two playgrounds and a concession stand for snacks. There are over 30 picnic areas spread out across the property as well.

28. Soul Haven Underground Railroad Museum

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📍Map It826 N 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38107 | Phone: (901) 527-7711 | Website

Also known as the Burke Estate Museum, the Soul Haven Underground Railroad Museum is an excellent educational experience for Memphis travelers. This location provides a walk through the anti-slavery movement. It puts on a visual display of Memphis' historical past, being the largest slave-trading city in the country.

29. Memphis Greek Festival

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📍Map It573 N Highland St, Memphis, TN 38122Phone: (901) 327-8177| Website

The Memphis Greek Festival started out as a modest pastry sale. Today, it is a yearly tradition that over 15,000+ people attend each May. Join in on this celebration and enjoy traditional Greek food, performances and culture.

There is an Athenian Dance Troupe that performs authentic Greek dances. Enjoy the show as you eat a delicious gyro. The festival also sells desserts such as loukoumades which are fried dough puffs covered with honey and cinnamon. They also offer baklava ice cream sundaes.

There are also sanctuary tours available of the Greek Orthodox Church. Marvel at the stained-glass windows and learn all about Greek Orthodox history.

30. Mississippi River Museum

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📍Map It125 N Front St, Memphis, TN 38103Phone: (901) 576-7230| Website | Entrance: Adults: $10, 4-11: $8, Under 4: Free

The Mississippi River Museum is found at Mud Island Park at the heart of the Mississippi River. It was opened in 1982 with hopes of preserving and promoting the culture of the Lower Mississippi River Valley. The museum has 18 galleries that have over 5,000 historical pieces.

Take some time to look through the galleries and learn about the history of the rivers storied past. The museum has artifacts about its role in the Civil war and other historical events. There is also a documentary explaining the hardships of living on the river in the past.

31. Carriage Tours of Memphis

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📍Map It62 N Main St #802, Memphis, TN 38103 | Phone: (901) 527-7542 | Website | Hours: 3 PM-11 PM| Entrance: $95+

Catch an exclusive ride through Memphis on a horse drawn carriage. Carriage Tours of Memphis offers several locations for guests to tour. Take a ride through the Arts District or get a Rock & Blues styled tour. There are options for everyone!

Choose from a Cinderella styled carriage or opt for a more traditional buggy look. They have different carriages to suit your taste.

Besides tours for visiting guests, Carriage Tours also has other services that they offer. They do weddings, funerals, and holiday events. Be sure to catch a ride on the most unique transportation in town.

32. Beale Street

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📍Map ItBeale Street Memphis, TennesseePhone: (901)526-0115 | Website |

Known to many as the Home of the Blues, Beale Street is Tennessee’s top tourist attraction. You will find world class restaurants, shops, and museums along this famous street. Some notable eateries include Coyote Ugly saloon, Hard Rock Café, and BB King’s Blues Club.

On the corner of Beale Street & 4th Street, you’ll find the WC Handy Home and Museum. Handy has been considered to be the Father of the Blues and is one of the most influential songwriters in American history.

Be sure to take a look at Beale Streets' calendar of events. Check out the International Blues Challenge or the Beale Street Artcrawl to take in some visual artistry. They host events all year long, and there’s sure to be something that you enjoy!

33. Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange

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📍Map It65 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103Phone: (901) 531-7826| Website | Hours: 10 AM-5 PM| Entrance: Adults: $10, 6-12: $8, Under 6: Free

Come tour what once was the trading floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange. It was built in 1922 and had a beautiful tall ceiling and arched ceiling in the popular architectural design of the era. In the 1920s only the most prominent members of the Cotton Exchange came through this building. But today, everyone is able to enjoy the beauty of this building.

Learn about how the cotton industry revolutionized the world and what impact it had on the city of Memphis. The mission of the museum is to get its history known, especially to the next generation.

34. Tastin Round Town

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📍Map It175 Peabody Pl, Memphis, TN 38103Phone: (901) 482-7555| Website | Hours: 2 PM-5:30 PM | Entrance: $75+

Do you consider yourself a foodie? Take a food tour of Memphis with Tastin Round Town. They offer many food options to try, such as award-winning chef plates to homegrown local favorites. The goal of this tour is to eat great food but also learn about the history and culture in this region of the mid-south.

There are different types of tours you can choose from. The Taste of Downtown Memphis includes food from some of its most favored and time-tested restaurants. The Memphis BBQ Tastin’ tour is a taste of some of the best BBQ around town.

35. Delta Fair and Music Festival

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📍Map It7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120Phone: (901)867-7007 | Website | Open: Sept. 2-11 Hours vary| Entrance: Adults: $15, 5-12: $10, Under 4: Free

The Delta Fair and Music Festival is an annual event for residents and visitors. Its mission is to “strive to bring our communities together with safe, wholesome family entertainment.” This fair has everything you need, from animal shows to carnival rides; you’re sure to have a great time here.

There are also special events hosted nightly. Songwriting, yacht races, and meet and greets of current TV shows are all a part of this Memphis tradition. Be sure to check their event schedule for up-to-date event information.

Fair food is also something you should consider at this festival. They offer classic treats such as caramel apples, or try something new!

36. City Tasting Tours

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📍Map It481 South Main Ste C Memphis, TN 38103Phone: (901) 826-2376 | Website | Hours:1 PM-5PM | Entrance: $69

This tour takes you to five different local eateries so that you can get the best tastes in Memphis. You also get a chance to speak with the chefs about their creations. This tour also covers some of the histories of this historic city.

You will walk down the main street and look at local landmarks and learn about what makes this city iconic. This company offers private tours every weekend. With many good reviews from locals and visitors, this tour is a must-do on your next trip here!

37. Blues Hall of Fame

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📍Map It421 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103Phone: (901) 527-2583 | Website | Hours:10 AM-5 PM | Entrance: Adult: $10, 12 and Under: Free

The Blues Hall of Fame was established in 2015 and is an ode to all that is Blues. It tells you the history of the musical genre, and you can learn about blues culture and notable performers. There are ten galleries included with interactive displays and specialty items that contributed to the Blues revolution.

Some of the items that you will see on tour include infamous album covers, photos, awards, art pieces, and costumes. There are exhibits that rotate quarterly, so you are sure to see something new if you’ve visited in the past.

38. Lafayette’s Music Room

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📍Map It: 2119 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104Phone: (901) 207-5097 | Website | Hours:11 AM-2 AM | Entrance: $20+

Lafayette's Music Room is a favorite local and travel destination. They offer food and entertainment. The menu includes classics like chips and salsa or pizza. You can also enjoy a turtle cheesecake or beignet for dessert.

Musical guests change every day. Country, rock, and pop are the genres most represented here. Take a look at their event calendar to find the artist you most want to hear!

Lafayette’s also offers a private event service. Rent out the space for a birthday or a work event for a unique celebration. Catering is also offered with a menu highlighting the tastes of Memphis.

39. BB King’s Blues Club

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📍Map It143 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103Phone: (901) 524-5464 | Website | Hours: 11 AM-12 AM |

BB King’s Blues Club offers classic meals and entertaining shows. Plates include southern favorites such as ribs, shrimp, and grits and a southern fried platter. If you’re adventurous, be sure to try out the Yazoo creole Catfish dish. It’s blackened catfish and sauteed shrimp with authentic Creole sauce.

BB King’s has a house band that plays weekly. The BB King’s All-Star Band plays rhythm and blues favorites as well as soul and pop sounds. They also host other music groups that take on definitive Memphis music. Take a look at their musical calendar to see whose playing next.

40. The Pocket

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📍Map It115 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103Website | Hours: 5 PM-1 AM

The Pocket is a local speakeasy with drinks, food, and performers entertaining nightly. Highly rated by many of its customers, this is sure to be a great time. Some of the popular dishes include wagyu burger sliders, Maryland crab cakes, and southern fried chicken & waffles.

After a long day exploring Memphis, this is the perfect place to end the night. They are known for friendly staff that helps to create a fun and lively atmosphere. Also, be sure to take a look around at the beautiful and unique décor.

41. Hi Tone Cafe

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📍Map It282-284 N Cleveland St, Memphis, TN 38104Phone: (901) 490-0335 | Website | Hours: 5 PM-3 AM| Entrance: $10+

Hi-Tone Café is an event venue that caters to a variety of performances. All shows are for 18 and up unless specified, so make sure to check specifics when booking your tickets. Performances include rock, pop, and country artists. They also occasionally have open mic comedy shows.

Also, to keep in mind is that it is mostly a standing-only venue. Seats are limited, so plan to stand for the majority of your time here. If you become a fan of the café, check out their website for unique merch and remember your trip here.

42. Minglewood Hall

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📍Map It1555 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104Website | Hours: 8 AM- 4 AM | Entrance: $50+

Minglewood Hall is a popular venue to listen to new and upcoming artists. They host a variety of musical acts such as country, rock, and pop. This was voted the #1 place for live music in Memphis.

Besides great musical acts, Minglewood Hall also entertains with boxing matches, comedy shows, and markets. Check out their upcoming events list to keep track of upcoming shows.

They also offer services for events such as weddings, receptions, or birthday celebrations. Inked Tattoo shop also takes residency here. Be sure to catch a show at this well-known hall!

43. National Civil Rights Museum

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📍Map It450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103Phone: (902) 521-9699 | Website | Hours: 9 AM-6 PM | Entrance: Adults: $18, 5-17: $15, 4 and Under: Free

Plan to spend about 1.5 hours at this great historical experience. This museum has over 260 artifacts from the beginning of the resistance to slavery to events in the 20th century that focus on people standing up for equality.

Many exhibits are in the Lorraine Building, which was renovated in 2014. It is self-guided and takes you through critical events of the American Civil Rights Movement. Visitors can also spend some time in room 306, where Dr. King spent his last hours.

44. Memphis Brew Bus Tour

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📍Map It552 S. Main St. Memphis, TN 38103 | Website | Hours: 2 PM-5:30 PM | Entrance: $54

Their slogan is, “We’ll drive you to drink!”. Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy the Memphis craft brewing scene with the Memphis Brew Bus Tour. Tours leave from The Broom Closet and take you to several breweries to sample the best the city has to offer.

You will have a tour guide and bus driver that will give you a unique experience and give a behind the scenes tour. Water and snacks will be available to buy on the bus. They also host birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette, and team building parties.

45. Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art

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📍Map It119 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103Phone: (901) 523-2787 | Website | Hours: 12 PM-5 PM | Entrance: Adults: $6, 5 and Under: Free

Starting as an Asian art gallery in California, the founders had an excess of artifacts and decided to donate to an exhibition in Memphis. The Belz Museum has the biggest collection of 19th century Chinese art in the U.S. It houses a collection from the last dynasty in China, the Qing Dynasty.

Galleries include a Holocaust Memorial Gallery, 1 Judaic, and 3 Asian focused art spaces. The Belz Museum is also known by locals as the Jade Museum because of its well-known jade sculptures.

46. Memphis Rock n Soul Museum

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📍Map It191 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103Phone: (901) 205-2533 | Website | Hours: 10 AM-5 PM | Entrance: Adult: $12, 5-17: $9, Under 5: Free

On the corner of Beale Street and BB King Avenue is the Rock n Soul museum. It features displays that teach guests about how music in Memphis has had worldwide musical influence. The Smithsonian helped cultivate this historic museum, and they have many interesting exhibits to learn from.

You can support this museum with an online donation and become a “part of the band.” If you enjoyed your visit to the museum, be sure to stay updated by signing up for their newsletter. You will get emails regarding special events or new things to see at the museum.

47. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

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📍Map It1934 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104Phone: (901) 544-6200 | Website | Hours: 10 AM-5 PM| Entrance: Adult: $10, 7-17: $5, Under 7: Free

The Memphis Brooks Museum of art has an extensive collection of art. They have a diverse set of pieces and exhibitions available to see. Some of the permanent collections include a sculpture gallery, contemporary art, French 19th Century, and Art of the African Diaspora, just to name a few.

They also frequently host temporary exhibitions. They feature local artists at these exhibitions as well as talented and less known artists. If you are in town for a while with little ones, be sure to check out their summer art camp. For ages 5-11 Brooks teaches children about classic art and how to expand their artistic skills.

48. AutoZone Park

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📍Map It200 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103Phone: (901) 721-6000 | Website | Box Office Hours: 9 AM-6 PM | Entrance: $60+

AutoZone Park is home to the Memphis Redbirds, a minor baseball league team. They are affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals of the major league. Catch a game here and experience a traditional all-American experience.

Purchase a single game ticket or splurge for the premium seating option. They also have suites available. Every Saturday night during summer, there is a firework show after the game. Don’t miss this special event!

AutoZone also hosts special events. You can rent this space and utilize the field, batting cages, Home Plate Club, and luxury suites to celebrate with friends or family.

49. Dixon Gallery & Gardens

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📍Map It4339 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38117Phone: (901) 761-5250 | Website | Hours: 10 AM-5 PM | Entrance: Free

Enjoy Dixon Gallery free of charge! It is a gift to the community, and you are able to visit as often as you like. The collections include over 2000 items and vary from European and American art. Art includes paintings, sculptures, and decorative artistry.

They host frequent events that are great for the whole family. Attend one of their family game nights or an art program for young toddlers. They also host yoga sessions and have food truck Fridays!

50. Orpheum Theater

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📍Map It203 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103Phone: (901) 525-3000 | Website | Hours: 9 AM-5 PM | Entrance: season tickets, $400+

The Orpheum Theater is registered on the National Register of Historic Places in the U.S. They have musical artists, plays, and comedy acts. Check their listing of events on the official website for up-to-date information.

The theater is also available to rent out for events. It has beautiful décor and is the perfect venue for a reception, wedding, or corporate event.

51. Metal Museum

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📍Map It374 Metal Museum Dr, Memphis, TN 38106Phone: (901) 774-6380| Website | Hours: 11 AM-5 PM| Entrance: Adults:$8, 5-17:$4, Under 5: Free

The Metal Museum of Memphis has a permanent collection, sculpture garden, live demonstrations, and a blacksmith shop. This is a unique experience, and a must do item for your trip to Memphis.

Some notable exhibits in the permanent collection include metal artwork from the 1970s to present day. There is also an opportunity to see blacksmiths at work. There are scheduled classes that you can attend as well as private workshops.

52. Memphis Pyramid

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📍Map It1 Bass Pro Dr, Memphis, TN 38105Phone: (901) 291-8200 | Website | Hours: 9 AM-9 PM

The Memphis Pyramid is also known as the Great American Pyramid and it lies on the shores of the Mississippi River. It is an arena built in 1991 for the City of Memphis. Currently, it is not used as a sports or music venue.

It has been used as a Bass Pro Shops store since 2015. Along with the shopping center, there is a hotel, restaurants, and bowling alley. There is also an archery range so visitors can practice with their newly purchased equipment.

53. Woodruff-Fontaine House

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📍Map It680 Adams Ave, Memphis, TN 38105Phone: (901) 526-1469 | Website | Hours: 12 PM-4 PM| Entrance: Adults: $16, 6 -17: $11

The Woodruff-Fontaine House is a museum offering self-guided tours. The house has period antique pieces that you won’t want to miss. Tours can be customized based on your preferences and ages within the party.

It also hosts exhibitions that are available with a ticket purchase. Free museum parking is located at the corner of Washington Avenue and Orleans Street.

54. Lichterman Nature Center

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📍Map It5992 Quince Rd, Memphis, TN 38119Phone: (901)636-2211 | Website | Hours: 10:30 AM-5 PM| Entrance: Adults: $12, 3-12: $8

This nature center showcases native wildflowers and trees of the Memphis area. It is a wildlife oasis within the urban landscape of Memphis. Along with native plants, there are also native wildlife that call Lichterman home.

Come see snakes, turtles, and other small creatures within the center. There is also a nursery where the center hosts an annual Spring plant sale.

55. Big River Crossing

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📍Map ItBig River Crossing Memphis, TN | Phone: | Website | Hours: 6 AM- 10 PM | Entrance: Free

Get to this iconic bridge from Channel 3 Drive and Virginia Ave W. There is street parking in Martyrs Park lot nearby. After the sun goes down enjoy the Might Light shows that the city puts on nightly.

It starts at sun-down and runs until 10 PM. It features beautiful lights that run across the bridge, frequently changing colors to create a dazzling show perfect for all ages.

56. Southland Casino

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📍Map It1550 Ingram Blvd, West Memphis, AR 72301Phone: (800) 467-6182 | Website | Hours: Open 24 Hrs.

Come test out your luck at the Southland Casino in West Memphis. Offering all the best casino and card games, this is a must see. Southland also features great eateries for you to try out. There is a sports bar, fry house, and steakhouse on property.

The casino also has a hotel that just opened next door. It offers standard rooms, suites, and also presidential suites. This casino is known as the biggest casino in the mid-south.

57. Withers Collection Museum & Gallery

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📍Map It333 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103Phone: (901) 523-2344 | Website | Hours: 12 PM-7 PM

This historical site is home to Dr. Withers’ last working studio. Here, discussions about financial literacy, the civil rights movements and current topics are hosted by a panel.

The museum offers pieces about the civil rights movement, music from the Memphis area, sports, and lifestyle of African American life in Memphis. Photos of Elvis, BB King, and Tina Turner are all featured here. There are also images of baseball players such as Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays.

58. Elvis Presley Automobile Museum

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📍Map It3717 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38116Phone: (901) 332-3322 | Website | Hours: 9 AM-4 PM | Entrance: $27+

Located at historic Graceland, known as the home of Elvis Presley, is the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum. It highlights Elvis collection of cars and motorcycles.

Some cars include a pink Cadillac and a 1973 Stutz Blackhawk. If you are an Elvis fan, this is a must-see exhibit. This is a well-known collection with millions of people having visited this famed museum.

59. Mirimichi Golf Course

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📍Map It6195 Woodstock Cuba Rd, Millington, TN 38053Phone: (901) 259-3800 | Website | Hours: 7 AM-7 PM | Entrance: $50+

If you’re craving for a round of golf, Mirimichi is the perfect place for you! They offer rounds on their world class green.

There is 7400 yards of golfing range available. Waterfalls, creeks, and native grassland are in the surrounding scenery of Mirimichi. There are also practice facilities available such as a driving ranch and short game complex.

60. Pink Palace Family Of Museums

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📍Map It3050 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38111 | Phone: (901) 636-2362 | Website | Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM

The Pink Palace Mansion is a history museum found in Memphis, Tennessee. It is home to the South's rich history, including stories of music and race. The museum displays several elements of art, as well as interactive exhibits like the Piggly Wiggly Store Replica.

There are plenty of unique artifacts to view as you walk through the venue. If you're lucky, you might even catch jugglers and high-wire acts during your visit!

Tobi Miles
Article updated:
March 28, 2024
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