Why do people all over the world know Memphis, Tennessee, as simply ‘Memphis’? It’s all the things you know about and all the things you don’t— the A-side hits of world-famous Memphis tourist attractions and the flip-side of funky shops, back-alley barbecue joints and the music and nightlife of Beale Street.
It’s their eclectic mix of 5-star to down home restaurants, upscale Memphis hotels, designer malls and quirky downtown Memphis shops. It’s the legendary history, blues, rock n’ roll and pure soul that make the city of Memphis, funky, fun and fresh.
Aside from one of the best celebrity home tours
east of the Mississippi, there are many other great Memphis tourist attractions to experience like the ones below. Be sure to include them as you make your Memphis sightseeing
Also, you can make your plans to visit some of these area attractions easy and economical by purchasing their tickets at our Graceland ticket office.
In addition, please also be sure to visit our Places to Dine section
to make sure you hit all the great spots to enjoy some great Memphis food.
THINGS TO DO IN MEMPHIS:
Discounted Attraction Tickets
Purchase your tickets to visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis and enjoy a discount on other great Memphis attractions. Memphis is a fantastic, affordable destination that features music, sports, great food and fun stuff for the kids. Make plans for your trip easy and economical with the Memphis Family Fun Package. Discounted tickets to these attractions are available for purchase at Graceland.
47 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN. Phone: 901-543-5300
Plan your rock 'n' roll pilgrimage to Memphis and Graceland by checking out all of the exciting things to do in a city rich with music and history. MemphisTravel.com
is where you will find information on Memphis' attractions, restaurants, hotels, nightlife and more, plus special offers. All of it combines to make your trip to Memphis as enjoyable as possible. Come visit and see a city rich with music and history!
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
191 Beale Street, Suite 100, Memphis, Tennessee. Phone: (901) 205-2533.
The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s exhibition, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the world. The museum offers a comprehensive Memphis music experience from the rural music of the 1930s, through Memphis’ musical heyday in the 70s, to its global musical influence. Discounted tickets to this attraction are available for purchase at Graceland.
Hard Rock Cafe Memphis
315 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103. Phone: (901) 529-0007
Located in the cotton-trading capital of the Delta, Memphis virtually invented blues, soul and rock 'n' roll. The historic building, set on boogie street Beale, has done time as a recording studio and a saloon, and includes a complete Elvis collection on display upstairs! So come on down, y'all, for a taste of Southern hospitality and "Good Rockin' Tonight.
2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis. Phone: (901) 276-WILD.
One of the country's best zoos is in Memphis. The Memphis Zoo is open daily and features more than 3,500 animals representing 500 species. It's one of four U.S. zoos to exhibit giant pandas, and new exhibits feature polar bears, sea lions, large cats, primates and farm animals. Discounted tickets to this attraction are available for purchase at Graceland.
National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, Tennessee. Phone: (901) 521-9699.
The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated April 4, 1968, is the world's first and only comprehensive overview of the civil rights movement in exhibit form. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E. McLemore Avenue, Memphis. Phone: (901) 946-2535
Otis Redding. Isaac Hayes. Booker T. & the MGs, the Staple Singers, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King. They are all in the house at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the world's only soul music museum, with more than 3,000 videos, films, photographs, records, interactive exhibits, musical instruments, a dance floor, gift shop, and much more. All just 10 minutes from Graceland! Discounted tickets to this attraction are available for purchase at Graceland.
Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino
13615 Old Highway 61 North, Tunica, MS. Phone: 800-946-4946
Enjoy 24-hour gaming action in the largest casino between Las Vegas and Atlantic City! Just 30 minutes from Memphis, Harrah's Tunica offers 140,000 square feet of non-stop gaming action. There's something for everybody - high-payout slots, table games, a non-smoking gaming area, and Total Rewards, an award-winning casino loyalty program.
706 Union Avenue, Memphis. Phone: (901) 521-0664.
Take a guided tour through the birthplace of rock 'n' roll and learn the history of the most famous recording studio in the world. Experience outtakes from sessions, touch Elvis' first microphone and hear the real history of the studio that launched Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, B.B. King and many more. Discounted tickets to this attraction are available for purchase at Graceland.
45 Riverside Drive (Foot of Monroe) Downtown Memphis. Phone: 901-527-2628 or 800-221-6187
Memphis Riverboats offers a variety of cruises on the Mississippi River. From sightseeing to dinner cruises, holiday cruises and private charters, Memphis Riverboats takes you on the Mighty Mississippi. Tickets for Memphis Riverboats are sold online through this link, in person at the docks, and in the Graceland Plaza Ticket Pavilion. Discounted tickets to this attraction are available for purchase at Graceland.
Sweet Magnolia Tours
2506 Mt. Moriah, Suite B-400, Memphis. Toll free: (866) 320-5295. Phone: (901) 369-9838
We offer complete vacation packages for individuals and groups and hot hotel deals all at discounted prices. We have local tour guides who will entertain you and take you to Memphis’ most interesting places, down the Blues Hwy through the Mississippi Delta or to Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo. Bonus 10% discount for Elvis Insiders!
140 Beale Street, Memphis. Phone: 800-979-3370 or 901-527-9415.
We love Elvis as much as you do! Take our acclaimed “Hound Dog Tour” for a loving look at Elvis and the city he called home, or the popular “Memphis Mojo Tour” for a sensational musical overview of the city. Both tours are led by professional musicians who play all your favorite hits on the bus – there’s no better way to experience Memphis! We also offer family-favorite Ghost Tours, and historical walking tours of downtown. Elvis Insiders receive a 10% discount.
Located at Graceland Crossing
3727 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee. Phone: (901) 332-5847.
Graceland Harley-Davidson brings together two great legends for a unique shopping experience at Graceland. The shop offers Graceland/Elvis Harley-Davidson merchandise, including collectibles, gift-ware, clothing, head-ware, jewelry, pins and more. While visiting Graceland, be sure to stop by.
Elvis Presley Birthplace
306 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, Mississippi. Phone: (662) 841-1245
Approximately 90 miles from Memphis
The most significant landmark of Tupelo's modern history is a modest, two-room house where the King of Rock & Roll was born on Jan. 8, 1935. The Elvis Presley Birthplace is part of the Elvis Presley Park and has been restored to the period before the singer's family moved to Memphis. The birthplace has been designated a Mississippi landmark. The Elvis Presley Park includes the Elvis Presley Museum, Memorial Chapel, Gift Shop and a lifesize statue of "Elvis at 13". The Park offers recreation facilities for picnics and community events. Discounted tickets to this attraction are available for purchase at Graceland.
Tupelo – Birthplace of Elvis Presley
Approximately 90 miles from Memphis
Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935 to Vernon and Gladys Presley. Located in the hills of Northeast Mississippi, Tupelo charms visitors the world over with a unique blend of fascinating history, diverse recreation, a variety of shopping venues and interesting Tupelo tourism attractions. While in Tupelo, you can experience the Birthplace of Elvis Presley, the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, the incredible Tupelo Automobile Museum exhibiting over 100 antique and classic cars, the family-friendly HealthWorks! Kids Museum and much more!
Casey Jones Village
30 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson, TN 38305
Casey Jones Village is a family destination that includes the Historic Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum, the Old Country Store, Providence House, Casey Jones Village Amphitheatre, the Shoppes at Casey Jones Village, Music Highway Crossroads, Casey Jones Mini-Golf, the Wellwood store with the Wildlife in Wood Studio of master woodcarver Dee Moss and the Judge Milton Brown Pullman Railcar.
Legends in Concert - Branson
1600 W. Hwy 76 Branson, MO 65616 Phone: (800) 374-7469
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, located on the World Famous 76 Strip in Branson. Internationally recognized as the World’s Greatest Live Tribute Show, the Legends in Concert cast captures the very essence of the stars they re-create with such emotion and attention to detail – you have to see it to believe it! See stars such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Aretha Franklin, Liberace, George Strait, Marilyn Monroe, The Blues Brothers and Elvis Presley. With a rotating line-up that changes four times a year, there is truly something for everyone! The lobby of the theater is filled with priceless and unique memorabilia from Dick Clark Productions. Take a step back in time and enjoy pieces from Frankie Avalon to Tina Turner….and much, much more! You receive this added value to your experience at no additional charge. For tickets or additional information, visit www.legendsinconcert.com
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