AutoZone Park Corner of Third and Union 901-721-6000 • memphisredbirds.com Home of the Memphis Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals’ AAA affiliate, this state-of-the-art stadium offers behindthe- scenes tours that include the press box and scoreboard control room, clubhouse, training facilities, and more. The finest ballpark built below the major leagues features the largest video board in the minors, picnic terrace, baseball-themed children’s play area, party decks, luxury suites, restaurants, and more. Backbeat Tours 272-2328 • 800-979-3370 backbeattours.com Rock the streets of Memphis on a 1950sera bus and see Beale Street, Sun Studio, Stax Museum, the Lorraine Motel, movie locations, and more while hearing the music born in this great city performed live. Tour puts Memphis music history in the hands of real musicians with 90 minutes of high-energy fun. A variety of city tours. Open Feb–Dec. Departure from Second and Beale. Beale Street Entertainment District 901-526-0110 • 901-529-0999 bealestreet.com bealestreetmerchants.com Home of the Blues at the crossroads of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Beale Street has played the blues for more than a century and continues to do so today. Four historic blocks of nightclubs, specialty shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues with millions of visitors annually. Live music nightly (cover charges may apply) and annual festivals. Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art 119 S. Main, concourse level 901-523-ARTS • belzmuseum.org Home to a world-class collection of 19th century Chinese art and rare Judaic art. The permanent exhibit includes objects created for Chinese nobility during the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), intricately carved jade sculptures, crafted enamelware pieces, rare objects carved in ivory, and impressive ceremonial and historical pieces. The museum also has collections of fossils and minerals, contemporary European art glass, Russian lacquer boxes, and more. Carriage Tours Take a fun, charming, horse-drawn carriage tour through historic Downtown with any number of knowledgeable and courteous drivers who point out historic sites, share city stories, make suggestions, answer questions, and tell you what to see and where to be seen. Call for pickup from any Downtown hotel or restaurant, or just walk up to one of the carriages! Center for Southern Folklore 119 & 123 S. Main 901-525-3655 • southernfolklore.com In the heart of Downtown, the Center’s Folklore Hall showcases folk art, photography, media shows, and live performances. The Folklore Store is a colorful, one-of-a-kind marketplace for folk art, crafts, books, music, and photographs of the region. Generous tastes of authentic Southern cuisine. Live music, catered parties, and tours. The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday every Labor Day Weekend. Children’s Museum of Memphis 2525 Central 901-458-2678 • cmom.com Hands-on excitement and fun! Be a pilot in a real airplane cockpit; explore the Mississippi River; climb through the arteries of a heart; ride a bicycle on Mars; drive a fire engine or police car; observe honeybees; dance in a disco; climb inside a tree house and a skyscraper; shop for groceries; become a “star” on stage; and more! Special events and programs all year. Chucalissa C.H. Nash Museum 1987 Indian Village 901-785-3160 • chucalissa.memphis.edu Just minutes from Downtown, visit an oasis of nature in southwest Memphis. Explore the mounds built by American Indians 1,000 years ago, hike the nature trail, and visit the recently certified arboretum. The museum contains exhibits on American Indians past and present, a hands-on archaeology lab, and museum store. Cooper Young Historic District 901-276-7222 cooperyoungnightout.com cooper-youngfestival.com Historically hip neighborhood centered around Cooper, Young, and Central avenues in Midtown features an array of antiques and specialty shops, vintage clothing stores, and award-winning restaurants and bars. Stop by the first Thursday each month for Night Out — retail bargains, food and beverage discounts, and live music. Memphis’s largest single-day event, the Cooper Young Festival draws more than 80,000 attendees annually every September. Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange 65 Union • 901-531-7826 memphiscottonmuseum.org The Cotton Museum shares the story of the cotton industry and its influences on daily life, the arts, and the development of this region. See the Memphis Cotton Exchange restored to its 1939 heyday with the original trading board and Western Union office. Enjoy the many films, artifacts, and beautiful 138-foot mural by the David Mah Studio. Danny Thomas/ALSAC Pavilion 262 Danny Thomas Place 901-595-4414 • stjude.org Designed in a star-like shape with five alcoves, the Pavilion gives a historical record of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; the hospital’s founder Danny Thomas; and ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. On the campus of St. Jude, the Pavilion’s star-like shape symbolizes the far-reaching scope of ALSAC and the work of St. Jude. Davies Manor Plantation Museum 9336 Davies Plantation 901-386-0715 daviesmanorplantation.org Shelby County’s oldest log house open to the public, circa 1830. Dogtrot-style log home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with period furnishings in a country setting that includes trails and several outbuildings. Open Apr thru mid Dec. Off-season by appointment only. Dixon Gallery and Gardens 4339 Park • 901-761-5250 • dixon.org Celebrating more than 30 years of cultural and horticultural excellence! Set amid 17 acres of formal and informal gardens, this former private estate features Impressionist and post- Impressionist paintings, the Stout Collection of 18th century porcelain, and changing special exhibitions from the finest public and private collections in the world. The Museum Store offers a myriad of exceptional gifts, many created by local artisans. Elmwood Cemetery 824 S. Dudley 901-774-3212 • elmwoodcemetery.org This historic cemetery, founded in 1852, features a unique collection of Victorian funeral art. Many influential Memphians are buried here in the area’s first garden movement cemetery. Enjoy 80 acres of rolling hills, stately trees, statuary, and beautiful gardens surrounding the quaint Victorian Gothic cottage office. Bring a picnic and relax in the beautiful blend of nature and art. Audio tours and walking maps available. FedExForum Corner of Beale and Third 901-205-1234 • 866-648-4667 fedexforum.com Home to both the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers, the Midsouth’s premier sports and entertainment facility includes a Memphis-themed motif, basketball practice facility, restaurants, outdoor entertainment plaza, 59 suites, 80 club boxes, four party suites, party areas, and more. It also houses the Smithsonian’s Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and plays host to a wide range of concerts and special events. Fire Museum of Memphis 118 Adams 901-320-5650 • firemuseum.com Slide down a fire house pole, sit in real fire trucks, and experience a virtual house fire. Essential lifesaving information for all ages, antique fire trucks, firefighting history, and one of the largest collections of firefighting toys in the U. S. Ol’ Billy, the talking life-like horse, tells how firefighting began. Outside, a 27-foot-tall memorial honors Memphis firefighters lost in the line of duty. Gibson Guitar Factory and Showcase 145 Lt. George W. Lee • 901-544-7998 gibsonmemphis.com Experience the incredible craftsmanship that goes into every guitar. Tours of the factory include an up-close look at the intricate process of building guitars. Special group rates and times available for 15 or more people. Come see magic in The making! One block south of historic Beale Street, the Gibson Retail Store offers the largest selection of Gibson & Epiphone instruments in Memphis. Graceland 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd 901-332-3322 • 800-238-2000 • elvis.com Experience Elvis’s fascinating journey to superstardom at his home, Graceland, a designated National Historic Landmark. Discover exciting videos, displays of authentic clothing, personal mementos, his amazing showcase of gold and platinum awards, and more. Graceland added three new exhibits in 2009: Elvis in Hollywood, Elvis Lives: the King and Pop Culture, and new exhibits in the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum. Stay at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel. IMAX Crew Training International Theater Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central 901-320-6362 See more, hear more, feel more with the ultimate movie experience. Enjoy crystal-clear, larger-than-life, state-of-theart motion picture entertainment and feel like you’re part of the action. The IMAX screen is four stories tall and five stories wide with a six-channel, 10,000-watt, half-million-dollar sound system that provides the ultimate film experience. Think BIG at the Pink Palace. Levitt Shell at Overton Park 1928 Poplar in Overton Park behind the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 901-272-5159 • levittshell.org This open-air theater first opened in 1936 to give Memphis a venue for entertainment under the open skies. Elvis Presley’s first paid concert happened here in 1954. The Mortimer Levitt Foundation, a family charity dedicated to reviving band shells, brought this unique venue back to life in 2008. The Levitt Shell presents 50 free, family-friendly concerts each year in the spring and fall. Lichterman Nature Center 5992 Quince • 901-767-7322 memphismuseums.org A nature center for the 21st century is located in the middle of metropolitan Memphis. Explore 65 acres of forest, lake, and meadow, and learn about preservation. Includes the Backyard Wildlife Center, three miles of trails, boardwalks across the lake, picnic facilities, a gift shop, and environmental and interactive multimedia exhibits. Martin Luther King Park (Riverside) South Parkway at Riverside 901-576-4296 This 379-acre public park on the banks of the Mississippi River was one of the first parks in Memphis, dating to 1902. It offers a nine-hole golf course, boat ramp and marina, scenic river views, lake, playgrounds, ball field, four lighted tennis courts, picnic areas, and three pavilions. Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park 910 Riddick, Millington 901-876-5215 • 800-471-5293 tnstateparks.com Bordering the Mighty Mississippi, twothirds of this 13,467-acre park is bottomland hardwood forests. The park also contains two lakes, miles of hiking trails, a museum and nature center, boat ramp, 200 species of birds, and other wildlife. Cabins, camping, swimming, and picnic facilities also available. Memphis Botanic Garden 750 Cherry • 901-636-4100 memphisbotanicgarden.com Ninety-six acres of specialty gardens right in the heart of Memphis. Features monthly art exhibits, special events, seasonal plant sales, weekly Farmers Market (Apr–Oct), wine tastings, summer camps, and educational programs for children and adults. Fratelli’s in the Garden cafe and gallery are located in the Visitors Center. Facility rental for weddings, parties, events, and more. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 1934 Poplar 901-544-6200 • brooksmuseum.org A center of culture in the heart of Memphis. Spend an afternoon in the museum galleries, Brushmark Restaurant, and Museum Store. Outstanding collections of fine art dating from antiquity to the present and superb international traveling exhibitions. Permanent collection includes Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings and sculpture, European and American paintings, and more. Full schedule of films, lectures, family activities, and special events complement exhibitions. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Basketball FedExForum, corner of Beale and Third 901-205-2525 • Tickets: 901-888-HOOP grizzlies.com As one of the most exciting young teams in the league, this Western Conference team began in 1995 as the Vancouver Grizzlies, migrating to Memphis in 2001 and now playing regular season home games Oct–Apr in the state-of-the-art FedExForum. Memphis Motorsports Park 5500 Victory Lane, Millington 901-358-RACE • 866-40-SPEED memphismotorsportspark.com PINKS All Out in May, NASCAR in June and October, NHRA drag racing in October, and 200-plus events February through December on three racetracks: the oval, the championship quarter-mile, and the road course. Just 15 minutes from Downtown and 20 minutes from anywhere in Memphis. Memphis Pink Palace Museum 3050 Central 901-320-6320 • memphismuseums.org Everything you see and do in Memphis makes more sense when you begin here. See the 1922 marble Pink Palace Mansion built by Piggly Wiggly grocery magnate Clarence Saunders, the IMAX Crew Training International Theater, and the Sharpe planetarium. Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, America’s first self-service grocery store, the Clyde Parke Miniature Circus, and three temporary exhibits per year. Memphis Redbirds Baseball 200 Union 901-721-6000 • memphisredbirds.com This unique, not-for-profit AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals plays Apr–Sep at AutoZone Park, the finest ballpark ever built below the major league level, located in the heart of Downtown. Memphis Riverboats Foot of Monroe at Riverside Drive 901-527-BOAT • 800-221-6197 memphisriverboats.net A wide variety of sightseeing cruises with concessions and commentary on the sights and history of the Mississippi River. Evening music cruises with dinner, holiday cruises, and private charters. Wheelchair access on most trips. Closed Jan–Feb, except by appt. Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum FedExForum, corner of Beale and Third 901-205-2533 • memphisrocknsoul.org The museum’s exhibition, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of music pioneers who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the world. It offers a comprehensive Memphis music experience, from the rural music of the 1930s, through Memphis’s musical heyday in the ’70s, to its global musical influence. Personal audio-guided tour and gift shop. Memphis Trolleys 901-274-6282 • matatransit.com Restored to the elegance of their 1912–1940 predecessors, today’s trolleys run along Main Street from the South Main Historic Arts District to the Pinch District, along the picturesque riverfront, and from Downtown to the Medical Center along Madison Avenue. Passengers may board at any of 34 stations accessible for persons with disabilities. Enjoy the sights of Downtown as you travel to your next trolley-served attraction. Memphis Zoo Overton Park, 2000 Prentiss Place 901-276-WILD • memphiszoo.org The 70-acre zoo is home to more than 3,500 animals representing 500 species. Get nose-to-nose with polar bears and sea lions in the Northwest Passage exhibit. The breathtaking CHINA exhibit features giant pandas Le Le and Ya Ya. In May, the Zoo opens an all-new special exhibit, and fall of 2009 brings the opening of Teton Trek. All exhibits are naturalistic homes for rare, exotic animals. The Mississippi River Memphis’s signature “welcome sign” in the west plays host to numerous festivals, concerts, contests, and other major events throughout the year. Riverboat cruises are available, and parks along the riverfront make Ol’ Man River the perfect backdrop for picnics, kite flying, strolling, and other outings. The River Walk provides a panoramic view of Memphis’s crown jewel. Mississippi RiverKings Hockey DeSoto Civic Center, I-55 and Church Road 662-342-1755 • riverkings.com Proud members of the Central Hockey League, two-time President’s Cup champions, and the longest-running professional sports franchise in the Midsouth. The team plays Oct–Mar. Mississippi River Museum Mud Island River Park, 125 N. Front 901-576-7241 • 800-507-6507 mudisland.com World-class museum features 18 galleries showcasing 10,000 years of history in the Lower Mississippi Valley. More than 5,000 artifacts in the permanent collection, plus traveling exhibits and special events. Full-scale reproduction of the front third of an 1870 steamboat; recreation of a Civil War battle on the river; full-scale reproduction of a Union gunboat; five galleries following Delta music; and a 4,000-gallon aquarium. Open Apr–Oct. Mud Island River Park 125 N. Front 901-576-7241 • 800-507-6507 mudisland.com Experience the river at America’s premier Mississippi River park, a unique historical, cultural, and educational facility dedicated to telling the Mighty Mississippi’s story. Walk the 1/2-mile scale model of the Lower Mississippi. Visit the Mississippi River Museum. Enjoy green spaces to jog, bike, and picnic, or experience the water first-hand on a canoe, kayak, or pedal boat. Concert and reception venues. Open Apr–Oct. Free. National Civil Rights Museum 450 Mulberry • 901-521-9699 civilrightsmuseum.org Located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the museum chronicles key episodes of the American civil rights movement and its legacy to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally through exhibitions and educational programs. The former Canipe’s Amusement store and rooming house — integral to the assassination investigation — examines events after Dr. King’s death. National Ornamental Metal Museum 374 Metal Museum Drive 901-774-6380 • 877-881-2326 metalmuseum.org The only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the exhibition and preservation of fine metalwork. Changing exhibitions range from jewelry and hollowware in precious metals to architectural wrought iron. Also metalworking demonstrations and classes. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the spectacular view of the Mississippi River from the grounds. The Orpheum Theatre Main at Beale • 901-525-7800 Box office: 901-525-3000 Orpheum-memphis.com Built in 1928, the 2,500-seat Orpheum is one of the few remaining elegant movie palaces of the ’20s. A $5 million renovation in 1984 included refurbishing ornamental plasterwork, crystal chandeliers, and original furnishings plus remodeling backstage and technical areas. The theater presents a variety of events, from Broadway shows and concerts to films and dance performances. Overton Park 2080 Poplar • Golf course: 901-725-9905 This 342-acre public park nestled in the heart of Memphis was one of the city’s first parks, dating to 1902. Nine-hole golf course, 1.4-mile fitness trail, playgrounds, open play fields, wooded trails, picnic areas and pavilions, Rainbow Lake formal gardens, and Veterans Plaza. Also home to Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Zoo, and the Levitt Shell, where Elvis performed his first paid concert. Overton Square Entertainment District Madison and Cooper • 901-526-7070 An exciting array of restaurants, shops, theaters, and more with a Georgetown atmosphere located in the heart of Memphis and Midtown. Offers live music, dancing, local theater, specialty shops, and local restaurants. The Peabody Memphis 149 Union 901-529-4000 • peabodymemphis.com This Mobil Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond historic Downtown landmark first opened in 1869. Local developer Jack Belz bought the legendary hotel in 1975 and restored it to its original splendor, kicking off Downtown’s dynamic revitalization when it reopened in 1981. The South’s Grand Hotel includes the famous twice-daily march of the Peabody Ducks and the newly renovated rooftop Duck Palace. Gift shops, restaurants, retail, and more. Peabody Place Retail and Entertainment Center 150 Peabody Place at Third 901-261-PLAY • belz.com Anchored by the historic Peabody Memphis hotel and within one block of Beale Street and AutoZone Park, this entertainment destination is at the center of it all! It includes brand-name stores, entertainment center, coffee kiosk, and some of Memphis’s best restaurants. The Pinch District Memphis’s first neighborhood, settled by Irish immigrants in the mid-1800s, is reborn as a shopping and entertainment area. Given its name from the gaunt appearance of the immigrants who resided there after fleeing the great potato famine in Ireland, The Pinch includes live music, pubs, coffee shops, specialty stores, and more. Between Jackson and Auction directly east of The Pyramid and north of Memphis Cook Convention Center. Public Earthquake Resource Center 3918 Central • Appt. only: 901-678-1723 ceri.memphis.edu A two-room museum provides visitors with earthquake information about the New Madrid seismic zone through interactive displays, maps, and computer programs. Printed information is also available. Open Mon–Fri by appointment. Located on the University of Memphis campus, the museum is a part of the Center for Earthquake Research and Information. Sharpe Planetarium 3050 Central 901-320-6320 • memphismuseums.org This 165-seat planetarium hosts astronomy shows, educational programs, stargazing and laser light concerts inside the Memphis Pink Palace Museum. Shelby Farms 500 N. Pine Lake 901-767-PARK • shelbyfarmspark.org The largest metropolitan park in the country provides a range of recreational opportunities, picnic shelters, and meeting rooms. The park includes 31 fishing lakes; walking and biking trails; bird watching; 54-acre lake for sailing, wind surfing, and pedal boating; an off-leash dog area; herd of American bison; disc-golf course; horse stables; Agricenter International’s exhibition center and ShowPlace Arena; Farmers Market; and more. Slavehaven Underground Railroad Museum 826 N. Second 901-527-3427 • heritagetoursmemphis.com Explore this way station on the Underground Railroad at Burkle Estate. A secret cellar and trap doors reveal the escape route of runaway slaves. Startling displays of ads, auctions, and artifacts help tell the story of the slave era as Heritage Tours guides visitors through this 1856 antebellum hideaway. Soulsville USA 926 E. McLemore 901-946-2535 • soulsvilleusa.com This historic neighborhood was the birthplace of musical luminaries like Aretha Franklin, David Porter, Memphis Slim, and Memphis Minnie. It remains home to Royal Studios, where Hi Records recorded soul greats Al Green, Ann Peebles, and others. Home to the 17,000-square-foot Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the only soul music museum in the world, at the original site of Stax Records. South Main Historic Arts District 901-578-7262 • southmainmemphis.org memphisfarmersmarket.org Where culture, style, and charisma come together. Anchored by the historic Central Train Station on the south and the Orpheum Theatre on the north, the city’s official historic arts district offers a diverse neighborhood of fine arts, specialty shopping, restaurants, bars, and live music, plus the Memphis Farmers Market every Saturday, mid-April–Oct. Southland Park Gaming & Racing I-40 & I-55, Exit 279A, West Memphis, AR 870-735-3670 • 800-467-6182 southlandpark.com Enjoy the excitement of live greyhound racing, simulcast greyhound and thoroughbred racing, reel games, video poker and poker room, blackjack, and daily live entertainment in the Juke Joint. Indulge in the World Market Buffet and the new Bourbon Street Steakhouse Grill. Eat, play, and win big — just across the bridge in West Memphis! Stax Museum of American Soul Music 926 E. McLemore 901-946-2535 • staxmuseum.com The world’s only soul music museum is located at the original site of Stax Records, with 17,000 square feet of more than 3,000 videos, exhibits, stage costumes, musical instruments, records, photographs, and other memorabilia. The museum tells the story of American soul music, highlighting artists such as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the Mgs, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and hundreds of others. Sun Studio 706 Union 901-521-0664 • 800-441-6249 sunstudio.com Guided tours of the “Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Hear session outtakes, touch Elvis’s first microphone, see loads of memorabilia, and relive the history of the studio that launched the musical careers of Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and other legends. The only recording studio in America designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. Tom Lee Park Riverside Drive between Beale and Georgia Named to honor a black riverworker who became a hero after saving 32 people from a sinking steamboat in 1925, this 30- acre park stretches one and a half miles along the eastern banks of the Mississippi River. Home to a number of festivals and concerts, the park is part of the city’s fivemile River Walk and includes two Tom Lee Memorial monuments. Tunica U. S. Highway 61 888-4TUNICA • tunicamiss.com Just 30 miles south of Memphis, the South’s Casino Capital shimmers with Vegas-style gaming, including nine worldclass casinos, 6,000 luxurious hotel rooms, fine-dining restaurants and buffets, headline entertainers, championship golf and tennis, award-winning museums, lavish spas, and outlet/antiques shopping. Victorian Village Historic District 901-523-0235 • victorianvillageinc.org This Downtown Memphis neighborhood is known for its grand 19th century Victorian homes and mansions, which sit among stately trees and shaded lawns. Visit the Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum at 680 Adams. Drive by private homes and churches on Adams, Jefferson, and Washington between Orleans and Neely streets. W. C. Handy Home 352 Beale • 901-526-0110 Recapture the flavor of old Beale Street at the turn-of-the-century home of the “Father of the Blues.” A small, wood-frame house displays artifacts and memorabilia that give insight into this musical genius’s life and music. W. C. Handy Performing Arts Park 200 Beale 901-526-0110 • bealestreet.com This outdoor amphitheater, located in the heart of Downtown Memphis, was dedicated to the “Father of the Blues,” William Christopher Handy, in 1931. The park plays host to live music, festivals, and catered events. Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum 680 Adams 901-526-1469 • woodruff-fontaine.com This restored 1870s French Victorian mansion in the Victorian Village Historic District showcases 18 rooms exhibiting 19th and early 20th century furniture, textiles, decorative arts, Gingerbread Playhouse, and museum shop in the mansion.
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