Places to visit in Memphis TN

Planning a trip to Memphis this year?

If you’re wondering where to go in Memphis TN, you’ll be glad to know that there are literary hundreds of cool places and attractions to visit in Memphis.

To give you an idea of what not to miss, we’ve compiled a handy list of Memphis’ most popular tourist attractions and other lesser known places in Memphis that you simply can’t miss visiting. See below:

Sun Records Studio

Sun Records Studio is without a doubt, one of the biggest attractions in town and one of the top places to visit in Memphis TN, especially if you’re a fan of 50’s era and Rock ‘n’ Roll music.
Places to visit in Memphis TN
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Even if you’re not a music fan, Sun Records Studio is such a historic place to be as artists such as Elvis and Johnny Cash recorded on this very same studio.

Sun Records is located in downtown Memphis, and offers a guided tour for around $12 which allows you to see interesting memorabilia such as Elvis’ high school diploma, as well as original microphones and vinyl records.

Burkes Book Store

Burkes Book Store is another must-see attraction in Memphis that you’d want to add to your list, especially if you’re a history buff or a book collector.
Burkes Book Store in Memphis TN

Burkes Book Store is located in Cooper-Young and it’s the oldest independent store bookstore in the United States, and boasts an amazing collection of used and rare books.

National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum is located right in the heart of the downtown area of Memphis and it’s no doubt, one of the top places to visit in Memphis TN.
Civil Rights Museum in Memphis TN

If you’re a history buff or are interested in the Civil Rights era, the Civil Rights Museum is one of the best places in the US to learn about the struggles of the 50’s and 60’s.

The National Civil Rights Museum also boasts interesting exhibits such as the Rosa Parks bus, the Freedom Riders bus and Martin Luther King’s jail cell.

Memphis Zoo

Visiting the Memphis Zoo is definitely one of the best things to do in Memphis TN with kids so it’s definitely worth adding to your list of places to visit in Memphis TN.

Memphis Zoo boasts interesting exhibits such as Teton Trek and the China Exhibit, which really gives the feeling of being in China.
Memphis Zoo Memphis TN

The Memphis Zoo also boasts a herpetarium, an aquarium and a cove area where you can see amazing 18-ft long crocodiles.

Another great thing about the Memphis Zoo is that it’s located next door to Overton Park and the Memphis College of Art, which is home to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Levitt Shell.

If you’re traveling to Memphis in July, be sure to visit the Levitt Shell Free Summer Concert Series in Overton Park to catch some great music acts.

Pink Palace

The Pink Palace is another family-friendly attraction that you must add to your list of places to visit in Memphis TN.
Pink Palace in Memphis TN

You can easily spend an entire morning at the Pink Palace as it’s a huge complex that boasts a planetarium, a nature center, a science center and a history museum with interesting exhibits on the Civil War.

Pink Palace is located about 15 minutes from the downtown area, though it’s located next to the Chickasaw Gardens where you can enjoy a pleasant walk by the lake while feeding the ducks.

Beale Street

Beale Street is without a doubt, one of the most popular places to visit in Memphis TN for a day out shopping or a fun night out.
Beale Street Memphis TN

Beale Street is packed with street markets, street entertainers, restaurants, clubs, and bars such as BB King’s where you can listen to some of the best blues acts in Memphis.

Farmer’s Market

A visit to Memphis wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of Memphis’ farmers’ market, so be sure to add one to your list of places to visit in Memphis TN.
Midtowne farmer's market Memphis TN

Two of the most popular ones in Memphis are Farmers Market Midtowne in Midtown Memphis (nearby Minglewood Hall), and Winchester farmer’s market in Germantown (nearby Winchester Court Shopping Center).

Mud Island River Park

Mud Island River Park is no doubt, one of the top places to visit in Memphis TN as it’s home to the renowned Mississippi River Museum (one of the best all-round museums in Memphis).
Mississippi River Memphis TN
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The Mississippi River Museum features all kinds of interesting exhibits, collections and artifacts such as Native American pottery goods, old pioneer tools, boat models, vintage military uniforms, Victorian furniture, interesting dioramas, 1950’s recording equipment, an aquarium and a riverboat steam engine complete with the paddle wheel.

If all of these exhibits weren’t enough, the River Museum has a cool scale model of the Mississippi River which you can explore on one of the replica boats.

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