Local Attractions in Memphis, TN

 

Beale Street Historic District

In the heart of downtown Memphis with three blocks of nightclubs, restaurants and retail shops, the Beale Street entertainment district is a melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and gospel.  With cold beer and hot music, Beale Street is one of the coolest places in Memphis.


Memphis Music Hall of Fame

What began in 2012 as an Induction Ceremony and tribute honoring the many heroes of Memphis music is now a fun, new interactive museum experience that will be just as outrageous as their Hall of Fame inductees.  Let us introduce you to such legendary inductees as Elvis, Jerry Lee, B.B. King, Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Howlin’ Wolf, ZZ Top and many, many others through never-before-seen memorabilia, videos, music and interactives.  The new Memphis Music Hall of Fame (MMHoF) celebrates visionaries who’ve made music in this city that resonates around the world.  Some are household names, some aren’t.  But spend an hour or so in their Hall of Fame, and you’ll see how they’re all connected to the soundtrack of your life.  MMHoF has been inducting members - 47 so far - since 2012, but the museum is new as of August 2015.

National Civil Rights Museum/Lorraine Motel

Noted as one of the nation’s premier heritage and cultural museums, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally.  Established in 1991, the National Civil Rights Museum is located at the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.  Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, dynamic speakers and special events, the museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change.

Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo, located in Midtown Memphis, TN, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species.  Created in April 1906, the zoo has been a major tenant of Overton Park for more than 100 years

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Named by Time Magazine as the most Authentic American Experience in Tennessee, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music is a state-of-the-art facility with films, videos, interactive exhibits, 2,500+ artifacts, and more to showcase the unique history of American soul music, and specifically that of Stax Records.

Graceland

Graceland is a mansion on a 13.8-acre estate in Memphis, TN that was home to Elvis Presley. You will be able to explore Elvis' home and follow his amazing journey to super-stardom through exciting videos, personal mementos, displays of authentic clothing, an incredible showcase of awards and much more. Experience how the king of rock 'n' roll lived as you tour Graceland mansion, step aboard his custom jets, and check out his collection of cars. While at Graceland, you can also enjoy shopping for Elvis gifts and dining in the Graceland Plaza area.

Brass Pro Shops at the Pyramid

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid is more than just a store; it’s an adventure.  The massive destination experience offers something for everyone, from the serious outdoor enthusiast to families looking to have fun.  There’s nothing like it anywhere in the world.


Highlights:

Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center

Big Cypress Lodge

Beretta Fine Gun Center

28-Story Freestanding Glass Elevator

The Lookout at the Pyramid

Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill

Cypress Swamp Waterfowl Habitat


Gibson Guitar Factory and Museum

The memorable tour of Gibson's Memphis guitar factory consists of an intimate viewing of the facility as Gibson's skilled Luthiers craft some of the finest guitars in the world.  An opportunity to witness the intricate process of binding, neck-fitting, painting, buffing, and tuning that creates these incredible musical instruments. See and hear how Gibson has helped shape the world of music for over 100 years and continues to set the pace for the musical innovations of tomorrow.  The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.  Due to varied hours of manufacturing employees, it is not guaranteed that there will always be Luthiers present.

Memphis Rock N’ Soul Museum

The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum's exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world.

Memphis Botanic Garden

The Memphis Botanic Garden strives to enhance lives by connecting people with nature, increasing awareness and appreciation of its environment. The 96-acre property includes 28 specialty gardens, which provide an in-depth look into various families of plants, flowers, and trees.

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum (Burkle Estate)

The Burkle Estate is a historic home at 826 North Second Street in Memphis. It is also known as the Slavehaven. Although disputed by some historians, the Burkle Estate is claimed by some to have been part of the Underground Railroad, a secret network of way stations to help slaves escape to freedom in the northern states. The house was constructed in 1849 by a German immigrant by the name of Jacob Burkle.  Since 1997 the estate is home to the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum.

Blues Hall of Fame

The Blues Hall of Fame honors those who have made the Blues timeless through performance, documentation, and recording. Since its inception in 1980, The Blues Foundation has inducted new members annually into the Blues Hall of Fame for their historical contribution, impact and overall influence on the Blues. Members are inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in five categories: Performers, Individuals, Classic of Blues Literature, Classic of Blues Recording (Song), Classic of Blues Recording (Album). Since 1980, The Blues Foundation has inducted 350+ performers, industry professionals, recordings and literature into the Blues Hall of Fame.  Of the 130 performer inductees, 120 of them are African-American.


Tanger Outlets

Located in Mississippi, approximately 20 minutes away from our NFR host hotel.  What could be more fun than spending the day with family bargain hunting at Tanger!  Tanger Outlets feature more than 2,200 outlet stores which are owned and operated by the most popular, brand name manufacturers.  Buying direct from the manufacturer at Tanger means you’ll always save more.