Why do people all over the world know Memphis, Tennessee, as simply ‘Memphis’? It’s all the things you know about and all the things you don’t — the A-side hits of world-famous Memphis attractions and the flip-side of funky shops, back-alley barbecue joints, museums and the music and nightlife of Beale Street.
Some of our favorite things to do in Memphis run the gamut from dining at an eclectic mix of 5-star to down home restaurants, upscale Memphis hotels, designer malls and quirky downtown Memphis shops – you could spend a busy single weekend, a few days, or even weeks, exploring everything Memphis has to offer. It’s the legendary history, blues, rock n’ roll and pure soul that make the city of Memphis, funky, fun and fresh.
Aside from one of the best celebrity home tours east of the Mississippi, there are many other great Memphis attractions to pick from – see our list below. Be sure to include them on your schedule as you make your Memphis sightseeing plans. Read up on the area’s music history, tour our museums, catch a live performance, eat some BBQ on Beale Street, see wildlife up-close and much more.
Start planning your Memphis, Tennessee trip today and be sure to put these featured attractions on your list!
47 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN.
Plan your rock 'n' roll pilgrimage to Memphis and Graceland by checking out all of the exciting things to do in Memphis, a city rich with music and history. MemphisTravel.com
is where you will find information on Memphis' attractions, restaurants, hotels, concerts, nightlife and more, plus special offers. All of it combines to make your trip to Memphis as enjoyable as possible. Come visit and see a city rich with music and history!
126 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103
Now located at 126 Beale Street inside the famous Lansky Bros. building, the new location features brand new memorabilia, valet parking and the amazing scratch-recipe menu - offering everything from rockin' appetizers, legendary burgers and premium drinks. With two levels of dining with stage views, Hard Rock Cafe Memphis is perfect for your adventures downtown!
450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, Tennessee
The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated April 4, 1968, is the world's first and only comprehensive overview of the civil rights movement in exhibit form. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN
This is one of the most popular things to do in Memphis for music aficionados. Take a guided tour through the birthplace of rock 'n' roll and learn the history of the most famous recording studio in the world. Experience outtakes from sessions, touch Elvis' first microphone and hear the real history of the studio that launched Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, B.B. King and many more.
926 E. McLemore Avenue, Memphis
Otis Redding. Isaac Hayes. Booker T. and the MGs, the Staple Singers, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Ike and Tina Turner, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King. They are all in the house at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the world's only soul music museum,where you can view more than 3,000 videos, films, photographs, records, interactive exhibits, musical instruments, a dance floor, gift shop, and much more. All just 10 minutes from Graceland!
191 Beale Street, Suite 100, Memphis, Tennessee.
The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum's exhibition, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socioeconomic barriers to create the music that shook the world. The museum offers a comprehensive Memphis music experience from the rural music of the 1930s, through Memphis' musical heyday in the 70s, to its global musical influence.
2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis
One of the country's best zoos is in Memphis. The Memphis Zoo is open daily and features more than 3,500 animals representing 500 species. It's one of four U.S. zoos to exhibit giant pandas, and new exhibits feature polar bears, sea lions, large cats, primates and farm animals.
251 Riverside Drive (Beale Street Landing) Downtown Memphis.
Memphis Riverboats offers a variety of cruises on the Mississippi River. From sightseeing to dinner cruises, holiday cruises and private charters, Memphis Riverboats takes you on the Mighty Mississippi. Tickets for Memphis Riverboats are sold online through this link and in person at the docks.
140 Beale Street, Memphis.
We love Elvis as much as you do! Take our acclaimed "Hound Dog Tour" for a loving look at Elvis and the city he called home, or the popular "Memphis Mojo Tour" for a sensational musical overview of the city. Both tours are led by professional musicians who play all your favorite hits on the bus - there's no better way to experience Memphis! We also offer family-favorite Ghost Tours, and historical walking tours of downtown. Insiders receive a 10% discount.
2506 Mt. Moriah, Suite B-400, Memphis.
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Bonus 10% discount for Insiders! We offer complete vacation packages for individuals and groups and hot hotel deals all at discounted prices. We have local tour guides who will entertain you and take you to Memphis' most interesting places, down the Blues Hwy through the Mississippi Delta or to Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo.
421 South Main, Memphis, Tennessee. (901) 527-2583
The Blues Hall of Fame in The Blues Foundation's headquarters honors the greatest blues music performers and other individuals, as well as songs, albums and literature. Exhibits include musical instruments, costumes, handwritten lyrics, records, photos and artwork. A grand interactive exhibit features hours of music and video and is updated annually with the new class of inductees. The Blues Hall of Fame is open Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
877 N McLean Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee. (888) 510-1988
Rockabilly Rides is as unique as Memphis itself. Rockabilly Rides was founded by two Beale Street entertainers who not only know the music history but live it every day. Let them take you on a true Memphis experience in either a 1955 Chevy Bel Air or a 1959 Ford Skyliner. For the Elvis fan, immerse yourself in the two-hour RED, HOT & BLUE TOUR to see all the sites that Elvis visited before he was dubbed the King of Rock 'n' Roll. If you want to learn more about the rich history of Memphis - from the cotton days to Civil Rights and beyond - then the MEMPHIS 101 TOUR is the right pick. This tour is an intro to the city and along the way we might even tell you where the "real" barbecue joints are.
It's a feeling. A spirit. Found in every string played. Every road traveled and memory made. It's the beauty. The Music. The experiences. That can only be... Made in Tennessee. Cross our wide state, and along the way, meet entertaining folks, experience warm smiles and feel the rhythm of original music. Our legendary landscape of whispering rivers, ancient mountains and awe-inspiring natural wonders speaks to every generation and creates a grand playground for exhilarating adventures.For more information on planning your Tennessee vacation, visit TNVacation.com
306 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, Miss.
Approximately 90 miles from Memphis.
The most significant landmark of Tupelo's modern history is a modest, two-room house where the King of Rock 'n' Roll was born on Jan. 8, 1935. The Elvis Presley Birthplace is part of the Elvis Presley Park and has been restored to the period before the singer's family moved to Memphis. The Elvis Presley Park includes the Elvis Presley Museum, Memorial Chapel, Gift Shop and a life-size statue of "Elvis at 13".
Approximately 90 miles from Memphis.
Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935 to Vernon and Gladys Presley. Located in the hills of Northeast Mississippi, Tupelo charms visitors the world over with a unique blend of fascinating history, diverse recreation, a variety of shopping venues and interesting Tupelo tourism attractions and events. While in Tupelo, you can experience the Birthplace of Elvis Presley, the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, the incredible Tupelo Automobile Museum exhibiting over 100 antique and classic cars, Kids Museum and much more!