Memphis with Kids: A Rocking Good Time

Grown-ups know that Memphis is full of fun – but kids (and their parents) will find it equally full of attractions that entertain.

While many of Memphis's attractions - Graceland, the National Civil Rights Museum and others - are appealing for children,  kids will discover that the city is full of attractions seemingly created just for them.

The Memphis Zoo is our absolute favorite spot to take the kids. With exhibits that let young ones get close up and personal with the animals, and everything from grizzly bears to panda bears and wolves, the zoo is a treat for the entire family. The Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid, opened in spring 2015, is an ultimate family destination that combines the outdoor and sporting goods retailer with a bowling alley, cypress swamp (seriously!), gun and archery ranges, an aquarium and more.

Kids of all ages can learn all about the history of the city - and the Mighty Mississippi - at the  the Mud Island River Park /Mississippi River Museum, ride around downtown on the historic trolley, explore the Wolf River on a greenline and visit buffalo at  Shelby Farms. No trip to Memphis is complete without a visit to the historic Peabody Hotel, where the resident ducks march to and from their rooftop palace every morning and afternoon. And there's no better place in town than the old-fashioned five-and-dime called A. Schwab's - right on Beale Street, and full of souvenirs from a trip the the Bluff City.

The Fire Museum of Memphis occupies the old Engine House Number One in downtown Memphis, built in 1910. The museum depicts the life of a firefighter and presents vintage equipment dating from the early 1900s, including a restored 1897 Hale...  Read More

A. Schwab Dry Goods Store
Photo courtesy of Kees Wielemaker (pedaal)

Located on historic Beale Street since 1876, this general store is a Memphis institution. The inventory includes everything from kitchen flatware to overalls and knick-knacks. Be sure to visit as you'll feel as if you have stepped back in time...  Read More

Wolf River Greenway runs through Memphis and Germantown, and is part of the longer Greater Memphis Greenline that will eventually connect Collierville to downtown Memphis. The Wolf runs along the Wold River, and includes a wide paved path for...  Read More

At five times larger than New York's Central Park, Shelby Farms is a recreational oasis at the far eastern reaches of the city, adjacent to the suburban communities of Germantown and Cordova. The farms are home to the national headquarters...  Read More

Mud Island is reached by an aerial tram (you may remember it from the Tom Cruise movie, The Firm) and features a to-scale model of the Mississippit River that one can walk along, noting the changing conditions of the river. The Mississippi...  Read More

Children's Museum of Memphis

Kids rejoice! At this museum, you're supposed to touch everything! Hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities for children are the focus here. Exhibit topics range from waterworks to health, recycling to house construction, money to...  Read More

A 50-acre wonderland of history and exploration in rural northwest Tennessee is the best way to describe Discovery Park, the brainchild of a local philanthropist. Located in Union City - the county seat of the agricultural Obion County -...  Read More

The tradition of the duck march started following a hunting trip in 1932. The story goes that then-general manager of the hotel and his hunting buddies, along with their live decoy ducks, stopped in the Peabody's ornate lobby bar for a glass or...  Read More

The Memphis Zoo is consistently rated one of the top zoos in the country, both for its breadth of exhibits in an easy-to-navigate layout, and for the sheer fact that one can get pretty close to the animals in almost every habitat. With giant...  Read More

It was the most anticipated opening of a store in Memphis, ever. The $190-million plus Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid - former home to the NBA's Grizzlies - opened in late April welcoming 35,000 customers its first DAY. The massive retail space...  Read More


Meet Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally

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