Memphis is Beale Street and much more
If you’re heading to Memphis for the internationally renowned Beale Street Music Festival this May, you could want to add a few extra days to discover more of what’s on offer in this grand old city.
Here are a few suggestions…
1. Beale Street, Memphis
Beale Street is known the world over for its’ significant contribution to the music industry, which is why it’s the in the title of the Music Festival. Memphis has seen musicians performing the Blues since the 1860’s. With bar, clubs, restaurants and shops lining the street, it’s atmosphere is always a buzz and well worth wandering up and down.
2. Kings Palace Café – Beale Street
We recommend having a meal at the Kings Palace Café with ambiance galore, live music and fantastic Cajun cuisine; you won’t regret it! We had the Kings Feast – giving a wide selection of choice. The voodoo potatoes gives an opportunity for some fun photos for Instagram!
3. A.Schwab’s – Beale Street
A. Schwab’s is a must-do stop for your time here in Memphis. It’s the oldest store of its’ kind in the Mid-South; established in 1976 and is housed in the oldest building on Beale Street. With two floors of shopping, it’s where you’ll find your tourist memorabilia and much more.
4. Sun Studios – Buckhurst Street
“The Birthplace of Rock ‘N’ Roll,” Sun Studios, is probably the most famous recording studio in the world. This National Historic Landmark hosts tours during the day. So, this allows people to see where superstars such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, B.B. King and even U2 have strutted their artistic prowess.
5. Peabody Hotel – Union Avenue
Go to the Peabody Hotel lobby at 11 am to see the Duck Master lead the Procession of the Ducks. This Duck Procession is a free event that’s a favorite for the young and old at heart alike. In addition, the Peabody is also a stunning hotel to check out while you’re there too.
6. National Civil Rights Museum – Mulberry Street
Dealing with the interests of the Civil Rights movement from the 17th century to the present, this museum is well worth spending some time. A big drawcard of touring this museum is that its’ very cleverly built around the former Lorraine Motel, that’s frozen in time to the night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Explore the many interactive and multi-media exhibits and is now recognized as a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum.
7. Mud Island – North Front Street
You can choose to go on the monorail or take a quick walk across the Skywalk to visit Mud Island. Home to the Riverwalk – an ingeniously designed exact scale model of the Lower Mississippi River, that maps its flow from its confluence with the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois 954 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Also, the Mississippi River Museum is there displaying 10,000 years of history of this famous river – including two full-sized boat replicas.
8. Children’s Museum of Memphis – Central Avenue
If you want something for the younger kids, then the Children’s Museum of Memphis is sure to please. With an interactive kid-sized city – including a grocery store, fire engine house, FedEx flight simulator and more, you’ll be able to while away a couple of joy filled hours as your kids use their imagination and explore all the exhibits.
9. Graceland – Elvis Presley Boulevard
Finally, one just cannot write a “Things to Do” list for Memphis without suggesting a tour of its favorite son Elvis’ home – Graceland. So whether you’re a fan or not, you couldn’t deny the impact that he had on pop culture, so this is indeed worth visiting. With everything from gold records, jumpsuits and shagpile carpet; you shouldn’t also miss his car and aircraft collection.
As you can see Memphis holds a diverse range of activities and attractions for the whole family, so whatever you do plan and enjoy your time in this vibrant and talented city.