50 best-rated things + FREE attractions for TN residents

Located just west of Nashville is its music city cousin, Memphis. Known as the home of blues and the Barbecued Pork Capital of the World, Memphis is only 3 hours from Nashville.

Take a day trip or an overnight

Before we visited, we didn't know much about what Memphis had to offer. We had heard about Beale Street, but wondered if we could fill an overnight trip with other fun activities?

We've compiled this list of 50 fun things your family can do there, besides the popular Beale Street. There are quite a few things to do in Memphis with kids.

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50 things to do in Memphis, besides Beale St. by ThoseCrazyNelsons.com

50 things to do in Memphis, besides Beale St. by ThoseCrazyNelsons.com


The places of interest marked with ■ are the activities we squeezed into our 2-day trip.

The Memphis attractions marked with □ are ones we couldn't fit in.

These are the places to have fun in Memphis!

1. ■ Ikea

2. ■ Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel (closed Tuesdays)

3. ■ Graceland

4. ■ Memphis Pyramid

5. □ Lookout Restaurant

6. □ Elevator to the Lookout and scenic pictures 

7. ■ Bowling and dinner at Uncle Bucks

8. □ Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum

9. ■ Memphis Zoo

10. □ Bike green way Shelby Farms

11. □  Zipline at Shelby Farms

12. □  Free outdoor fitness classes

13. □  Woodland Discovery Playground

14. □  Splash around Mud Island River Park (April-October)

15. □  Children's Museum of Memphis

16. □  Stax Museum of American Soul Music

17. □  Memphis Botanic Garden

18. □  View sunset from Tom Lee Park

19. □  Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

20. □  Mississippi River Museum

21. □  Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum

22. ■ Duck march at Peabody Hotel

23. ■ Grab a burger at Hueys

24. □  Take in a show at the historic Orpheum Theatre

25. □  Fireworks and baseball game at AutoZone Park

26. □ Visit the birthplace of Rock-n-Roll, Sun Studio

27. □  Pink Palace Family of Musuems

28. □ Read a book at Novel Memphis bookstore

29. □ Take a trolley tour

30. □ Walk the South Main Historic District

31. □ View paintings at Dixon Gallery and Gardens

32. □ Spend the night in the pyramid at Big Cypress Lodge

33. □ Take dance lessons at Rumba Room

34. □ Explore Lichterman Nature Center

35. □ Take picture in front of I Love Memphis murals

36. □ Have old-fashioned milkshakes at A.Schwab 

37. □ Play epic game of hide-n-seek at Rainbow Lake Playground

38. □ Walk or bike across Mississippi River on Big River Crossing

39. □ Take river boat cruise

40. □ Lunch at Memphis' oldest cafe, The Arcade Restaurant

41. □ Taste some ribs at Central BBQ

42. □ Energize with a smoothie bowl or kombucha cocktail at City Silo Table + Pantry

43. □ Taste of downtown Memphis Food Tour

44. □ Tour historic Woodruff-Fontaine House

45. □ Pay your respects at the oldest active cemeteries in Memphis, Elmwood Cemetery

46. □ Blues lovers will enjoy a visit to the Blues Hall of Fame

47. □ Enjoy free disc golf at Libertyland

48. □ Get lost in Southern folk art and soul food at the Center for Southern Folklore

49. □ See a mummy at the University of Memphis Art Museum

50. □ Browse unique boutiques in Cooper-Young Entertainment District


50 of the best-rated things to do in Memphis, by ThoseCrazyNelsons.com

50 of the best-rated things to do in Memphis, by ThoseCrazyNelsons.com


Special note for TN residents!! These attractions have FREE days just for you.

Free things to do in Memphis include:

Memphis Zoo, on Tuesdays (except in March), rules apply 

Civil Rights Museum, on Mondays from 3pm until closing, must have TN state-issued ID, rules and blackout dates apply

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