Family Fun, Music, Culture, Food and More!

Hot food, cool tunes, warm people and a friendly, relaxed pace; that’s Memphis! It’s where jazz originated. It’s the Home of The Blues and the headquarters of Soul Music pioneers Stax Records. It’s also a center of fine arts and performances, as well as a major landmark in the American Civil Rights movement.

For families, Memphis offers an endless array of choices for recreation and fun! Tour Graceland, the legendary home of rocker Elvis Presley. See the famous marching Peabody ducks. Visit the Children’s Museum of Memphis and the Memphis Zoo. Take a stroll along Beale Street to see where jazz was born and lives on, with live music performances and concerts.

Located downtown, Bass Pro Shops® in the iconic Memphis Pyramid beckons with the lure of excitement and adventure. In addition to fish feedings and a host of special events all year long including boat shows, family summer camp, family fun weekends, professional bull riders event, Bass Pro-style holiday events, story time, Santa's Wonderland and more, there’s a 13-lane ocean-themed bowling alley and access to one of the world’s largest retail shopping spaces. Also housed within the pyramid is Bass Pro Shops® Big Cypress Lodge which offers over 100 rustic, distinctively-appointed rooms and suites featuring outdoor lifestyle themes and décor.

Though every type of food from every corner of the world can be found in Memphis, the city is best known for an all-American favorite, barbecue. Restaurants in downtown and midtown Memphis, Beale St. and beyond serve amazing dry-rubbed hickory-smoked pork ribs, lamb riblets, sausage, beef brisket, turkey, chicken, pulled pork and more with all the fixins including beans, slaw, potato salad, Texas toast, biscuits, fried pickles, mac and cheese, and more. Wash it all down with some southern sweet tea or the beverage of your choice. Don’t forget to save room for some apple cobbler or lemon pie for dessert!

Great Ways To Spend Your Day

  • Catch a game at FedExForum, home of the NBA Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers.
  • Play a round (or two) of golf at TPC at Southwind, an 18-hole par 71 championship course.
  • Bike, walk, hike or go boating at Shelby Farms Park–at 4,500 acres, it’s one of the largest urban parks in the country.

    There’s no shortage of fun activities in Memphis with its parks, tours, music and unique cultural attractions.

    Here are some great vacation ideas:

    • There’s no shortage of fun activities in Memphis with its parks, tours, music and unique cultural attractions.
    • Visit the Memphis Botanic Garden, with kid-friendly outdoor areas like Playhouse Lane, Critter Creek, Wormville and Treetop Adventure.
    • Go cycling, kayaking and wading in the riverwalk at Mud Island River Park.
    • Take a sightseeing tour led by Memphis musicians who perform live aboard the city's only music bus with an entertaining insider's view of the city's rich musical heritage.
    • Hop a steamboat and take a cruise on the mighty Mississippi, enjoying the river’s rich culture, scenery and history in high style.
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