Here we are, entering another tourism season! But this year, instead of staying close to home because of high gasoline prices, many will stay close to home because of concerns over the economy. So for a number of folks, staycations it will be for another year. Memphis welcomes roughly 10 million visitors a year with its charm and hospitality, and 3.1 billion visitor dollars later, we chalk up another successful year of tourism. But some of our visitors will be staying home, too — and that’s where we rally in. Memphis hosts some remarkable attractions at very affordable prices — and many of these gems offer free admission and price discounts. What better time to explore our city treasures, pump a bit of money into the local economy (where it’s needed most), and forget about life for a while? The Cotton Museum: Two-for-one admission throughout May for TN residents Dixon Gallery and Gardens: “Pay What You Can” Tuesdays and free admission Saturdays 10am–noon Elmwood Cemetery: Always free to roam the grounds and enjoy the trees and statuary Fire Museum of Memphis: Two-for-one admission Tuesdays Memphis Brooks Museum of Art: “Pay What You Can” Wednesdays Memphis Botanic Garden: Free admission Wednesdays, noon to closing Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: Free admission Tuesdays after 2pm for TN residents Memphis Zoo: Free admission Tuesdays after 2pm for TN residents Mississippi River: Always free, ever beautiful, and changing exhibits by the second! National Civil Rights Museum: Free admission Mondays, 3pm till closing, for TN residents Parks: More than 150 to choose from, spread out over 3,220 acres — free! Playhouse on the Square: One “Pay What You Can” performance per show Trolleys: $1 (50 cents weekdays between 11am and 1:30pm) gets you a roundtrip, 30-minute scenic tour of Downtown Memphis via the Riverfront Loop Trolley A detailed list of area attractions with descriptions, contact information, and websites begins on page 25, and the above list is by no means comprehensive. But it’s safe to say that just about every attraction offers some kind of a deal, and during these times, deals rule.
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