10Best Memphis, TN Attractions
The lesser known of Memphis' major musical attractions, Stax Museum of American Soul Music is still one of the richest experiences in the city for music lovers.
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An annual drive-through light show, Starry Nights brings out the kid in everyone during the holiday season. In the huge Shelby Farms Park in East Memphis, Starry Nights offers more than a million lights festooned along a winding route, with the final destination being a visit with Santa and a chance to roast S'mores in the Mistletoe Village. Read more »All New & Notable Memphis Attractions »
In rural northwest Tennessee's Obion County, a giant, theme-park-like new attraction opens its doors. The brainchild of a local philanthropist, Discovery Park of America is unique in many ways. Take for example its rural location, its expansive offerings and its incredible private funding, which promises to sustain this massive educational attraction for generations to come. Read more »All New & Notable Memphis Attractions »
About Memphis, TN Attractions
The city of Memphis has a rich and colorful history of which its citizens are deeply proud, and world-class attractions that offer something for families, music lovers, outdoorsy types and art afficiandoes.
History is everywhere in Memphis, from the Lorraine Hotel, site of the tragic assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. - now the National Civil Rights Museum - to Sun Studio, where Elvis recorded his first record. The most visited private home outside of the White House is Elvis' former home, Graceland. The list of sites important to our country's musical history is never-ending, but there are a few that can't be missed including Stax, also known as Soulsville, USA, and Beale Street, where the blues found its roots as a true American sound. Music pours out of the clubs along Beale, and even from musicians who set up on the street hoping to be discovered.
For families, the Memphis Zoo is always a hit with its polar, panda and grizzly bears, excellent habitats and easy-to-navigate setting. The Botanic Garden's children's garden called My Big Backyard is a wonderful experience for children and their parents. A must-see for kids is the duck parade at the the Peabody Hotel; since the 1930s, the ducks have marched up and down a red carpet twice daily to frolic in the fountain of the Grand Lobby. During the evening parade - promptly at 5:00 p.m., one child is chosen to be an honorary duckmaster, and leads the ducks into the elevator for a journey to their rooftop home.
- Memphis Expert Sally Walker Davies