Memphis Places

TripWhat's travel guide to the River City; our list of the best things to see, including Memphis In May International Festival, Sun Studio and National Civil Rights Museum.
  • The best place in Memphis: Memphis In May International Festival

    Memphis In May International Festival

    Month-long festival featuring: Beale Street Music Festival - a showcase of over 40 national, regional, and local artists on multiple stages for three days, occuring the first weekend in May.World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest - hundreds of teams compete for over $100,000 in prizes and ultimate bragging rights, and visitors can taste the country's best barbecue.Sunset Symphony, a day of entertainment on the banks of the Mississippi River with local musicians, an air show with vintage and concept aircrafts, and as the sun is setting, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra performs. After dark, as the symphony begins their last set, the sky fills with fireworks, thus marking the close of Memphis in May.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Sun Studio

    Sun Studio

    Numerous blues, rock 'n' roll, and rockabilly recordings were made here, including Elvis's and Johnny Cash's first recordings. Tours are available, usually given by wallet-chained and mutton-chopped local musicians. Tour tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at the cafe and gift shop inside the front door of the studio. Free parking is available in the back of the building.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • National Civil Rights Museum

    National Civil Rights Museum

    450 Mulberry St
    M-Sat 9AM-5PM, Sun 1PM-5PM (closes an hour later Jun-Aug). Built out of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was fatally shot in 1968. Near the Amtrak station. $12 for adults; free for Tennessee residents Mondays after 3pm.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Memphis Botanic Garden

    Memphis Botanic Garden

    New to MBG is 'My Big Backyard", a 2.5 acre children's garden with a larger-than-life birdhouse, a tunneling adventure, a teaching pond, "leaping lawn", "critter creek", and many other spaces that cater to children of all ages. [29]
    East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire food nearby
  • Ornamental Metal Museum

    Ornamental Metal Museum

    374 Metal Museum Drive
    Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12PM-5PM. Displays art jewelry, architectural pieces and sculpture. The grounds are full of permanent installations, and the Museum boasts one of the best views overlooking the Mississippi River. They also have a working smithy. Adult admission $5.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Mud Island River Park

    Mud Island River Park

    125 North Front St
    Apr 14 – May 26 10AM-5PM, May 27 – Sep 4 10AM-6PM, Sept 5 – Oct 31 10AM-5PM. The park is accessible by monorail, made famous by a chase scene in the movie "The Firm". The park contains a museum of the Mississippi River and a scale model of the river. Visitors are welcome to remove their shoes and wade through the replica mighty Mississippi. The "Gulf of Mexico" is a large pool in which visitors may rent paddle boats. At the tip of the park is an excellent vantage point of the city and the river. The northern end of the island is occupied by HarborTown, a model community. Entry to the park is free. Adult $8 (Mississippi River Museum, Roundtrip Monorail Ride, Guided River Walk Tour).
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Overton Square

    Overton Square

    A small shopping/entertainment district on Madison Avenue, near Cooper.
    Midtown food nearby
  • Folk's Folly

    Folk's Folly

    551 South Mendenhall Rd
    Consistently voted “Best Steak,” by readers of all four major Memphis publications, Folk’s Folly pairs fine dining with a cozy, comfortable atmosphere. This Memphis landmark embodies an unwavering commitment to quality by offering corn-fed prime steaks, and fresh seafood. All menu items are prepared in our scratch kitchen. $100+
    East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire
  • Fire Museum of Memphis

    Fire Museum of Memphis

    118 Adams Ave
    An interactive museum designed to teach children and adults about fire safety. Also features a realistic room to show how much damage a dropped lit cigarette can do. Adult $6.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art

    Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art

    119 South Main St
    Located downstairs from the Center for Southern Folklore, this wonderful museum holds a collection of over 900 Asian and Judaic artifacts. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for students. Admission is free for children 12 and under.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Burke's Books

    Burke's Books

    Memphis, TN 38104, HOURS OF OPERATION:Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. One of the oldest independant book stores in the country, Burke's has been selling new, used and rare books since 1875. A popular stop along book signing tours for authors ranging from John Grisham to Archie Manning and Anne Rice, Burke's has also been visited by celebrities such as Benecio Del Toro, Michael Jackson, Gene Hackman, REM and Matt Dillon, to name a few.
  • Extensive menu, with a cajun tilt to most dishes. Fresh gulf oysters, King Crab, Champagne brunch on the weekends, and menu "front page" items that change frequently. The kitchen is open until 2AM (1AM on Sunday). Locations at Mendenhall/Poplar and Winchester/Centennial (near Southwind). There is also an abbreviated menu available at the Rhythms Cafe & Bar in Concourse B, near Gate 35 at the Memphis International Airport. Half Shell is also known for its live music on the weekends and its lively late-night bar crowd. Entrees $9 and up.
    East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire
  • Central BBQ

    Central BBQ

    2249 Central Ave
    Slow Smoked Memphis Style
    East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire
  • Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

    191 Beale St
    Daily 10AM-7PM (last admission 6:15PM). A short video is shown at frequent intervals and then you are given a headset so that you can listen to commentary and numerous songs as you walk through the exhibits. Sponsored by the Smithsonian. Adult $10. The museum used to be housed in the Gibson guitar factory across the street, which puts visitors right on the factory floor. Famous musicians periodically visit to pick up custom guitars or to play a set at the Gibson Lounge, in the west end of the building.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Sleeping Cat Studio

    341 1/2 Monroe
  • Memphis Backbeat Mojo Tour

    Picks up at Elvis Presley Plaza on Beale
    You can see most of Memphis' historic musical attractions on this fun, funky, educational bus tour. It's the only tour in town to put Memphis' musical heritage in the hands of real musicians, who will combine story, comedy, and live music in a one-of-a-kind show on wheels. Audience participation is encouraged with drums and other percussion pieces provided on the restored 1959 transit bus. Tour is 90 minutes., but if time allows, go for the extended 2.5 hour version. Well worth the time and money. Tours sell out, so reserve online in advance.
  • A. Schwab

    Beale Street
    Schwab, Beale Street. Dry goods store whose motto is "If we don't have it, you don't need it." It's the place for souvenirs. It's been there forever, and is a breath of fresh air from the bulk of the establishments on Beale St, with live blues of its own during the day. Most family friendly store on Beale.
  • Kooky Canuck

    Kooky Canuck

    97 S 2nd St
    Big Food! Big Taste! Big Fun!
  • Restaurant Iris

    Restaurant Iris

    2146 Monroe Ave
    Restaurant Iris specializes in French-Creole cuisine featuring local and seasonal ingredients. Chef Kelly English infuses his endless creativity and passion for food into each dish. Whether indulging in his Oysters three ways, a “Knuckle Sandwich”, or a dessert made just for you, one is sure to reap the benefits of Kelly’s rich culinary background. We invite you to experience Restaurant Iris, simplicity at its most elegant.
  • J Alexander's

    J Alexander's

    2670 N Germantown Pkwy
    J. Alexander’s offers our guests impeccable food quality and extraordinary service. A contemporary American restaurant, J. Alexander’s takes traditional menu items and adds a twist that make each dish uniquely its own.
  • Brother Juniper's College Inn

    Brother Juniper's College Inn

    3519 Walker Ave
    Voted Best Breakfast in Memphis 12 years running!
    East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire
  • Bar-B-Q Shop

    Bar-B-Q Shop

    1782 Madison Ave
    Home of the 'Dancing Pigs' Bar-B-Que sauce and seasoning. Formerly "Brady & Lil's" Menu is here: Order our world famous SAUCE and RUB online at:
  • BB King Blues Club

    BB King Blues Club

    143 Beale Street
    BB King’s Blues Club offers a variety of the South’s most delicious comfort foods influenced by flavors from New Orleans all the way to the Mississippi Delta, including authentic Memphis-style BBQ. The intimate supper club style restaurant & live music venue has some of the finest live, local entertainment in town. BB King’s offers several creative options to meet your event needs and you can choo
  • Majestic Grille

    Majestic Grille

    145 S Main St
    "Dramatic dining where the food takes center stage."
  • Houston's


    5000 Poplar Ave
    Serving Fresh American Classics
    East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire
  • Flying Fish

    Flying Fish

    105 S 2nd St
    Flying Fish offers a relaxed lakefront atmosphere and simple, hearty fare.
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