The Best Memphis Attractions Are An Easy Walk from the FedEx Forum

It's fitting that the city of Memphis's FedEx Forum was key to revitalization of downtown Memphis.

It's named for the city's beloved Federal Express, the global logistics firm founded by hometown boy Fred Smith. It's home to the National Basketball Associations favorite underdogs - the Memphis Grizzlies. And the Forum even has one of the city's museums contained right inside it - the Rock 'n' Soul Museum, which is curated by the Smithsonian Institution.

With it's just-off-the-foot-of-Beale Street location, the Forum is central to many of the city's top attractions. The National Civil Rights Museum, located in the historic South Main district, is an easy walk or quick trolley ride away; along the way, you can pop into the galleries and local shops that have helped re-energize the area. To the west a few blocks is the Mississippi River, best viewed from the wide expanse of Tom Lee Park or at Mud Island River Park, where you can walk along a scale model of the river, and learn all about the river's rich and somewhat turbulent history at its museum.

The city's most whimsical (feathered) residents, the Peabody Ducks, call the historic hotel home - and their daily march to and from their rooftop home is a must-catch.

Exploring some of Memphis's best attractions is easy for those coming to the FedEx Forum; thanks to its central location.



The Memphis Hop is a brilliant idea for the city; opened in 2013, the hop-on, hop-off bus service allows sightseeing as it's never been seen in the Bluff City. Buses travel from attraction to attraction, stopping hourly at each spot. From...  Read More



Think of the Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum as the broad overview of Memphis music. With exhibits about gospel, the blues, Elvis, the rise of soul, and crunk - all decidedly made-or-born-in-Memphis genres, the museum offers the big picture of...  Read More



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

Victorian Village


Near Main Street, this quiet residential area offers glimpses at lovely homes with exquisite French Second Empire and Italianate Victorian architecture. The village houses several historic residences including the Mageveny House, the Woodruff...  Read More



Decorative metalwork is a hallmark of the design and architecture of the American South, and the Metal Museum is dedicated to the art of fine metalwork, as well as its history. Exhibits range from an examination of piercing to antique...  Read More



Named for a courageous citizen who rescued 32 people when a steamer went down in the Mississippi in 1925, this park runs along the mighty river, and offers gorgeous views of the river and the city skyline. The park is home to a number of...  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



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



Once the center of black-owned businesses and nightclubs, Beale became the home of the blues at the turn of the 20th century - a waypoint along the trail from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago. W.C. Handy lived - and performed - here, and...  Read More

National Civil Rights Museum


One of the most emotionally moving museums in America, the National Civil Rights Museum chronicles the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike – right in the very building where King was...  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