Memphis, Tennessee Bucket List

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When I think of Memphis, good food and even better music instantly pops to mind, but there is so much more to see and do in this incredible city of the banks of the Mississippi River!

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Memphis is known for it’s Music! It’s where B.B. King got his start, the home of Elvis, and today there are a handful of great music venues and museums dedicated to it’s roots! Memphis is also famous for their BBQ, and that great view of the Mighty Mississippi!

Walk thru these doors and down the steps to the basement for some of the most amazing, dry-rubbed Memphis-style pork ribs ever! Charlie Vergos Rendezvous has been making ribs since 1948! In case ribs aren’t your thing, my two youngest had the chicken sandwiches and they were delicious, too!

Bass Pro Shops Pyramid in Memphis TN

Bass Pro Pyramid, 1 Bass Pro Drive, Memphis Our favorite of the Bass Pro Shops, it just takes a visit to understand why it’s added to this list! As soon as you pass over the Mississippi River, you’ll see the big pyramid to your left! It also includes a 103 room hotel, the Big Cypress Lodge, an aquarium, an overlook at the top with a restaurant, an archery range plus an Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill Bowling Alley!

Big River Trail and Big River Crossing, The Hike and Bike gravel trail runs along the Mississippi River for a whopping 70 miles along the levee, and Big River Crossing is a paved pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the river, the longest public pedestrian bridge over the river, and great for getting pictures!

Beale Street Known as the home of the Blues, you’ll find amazing food, shops and nightlife along this historic street in Downtown Memphis!

Central BBQ, 147 E. Butler Ave., Memphis You’ll love this award-winning Memphis BBQ, slow-smoked on Hickory and Pecan, with a dry rub and no sauce until it’s served. While they do have beef brisket, remember pork is king in Memphis BBQ!

Children’s Museum of Memphis, 2525 Central Ave., Memphis A fun and hands-on museum geared for children 2-10.

Davies Manor Plantation, 9336 Davies Plantation Rd., Memphis Schedule a tour to see this historic home.

Graceland Home of Elvis, 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis Tour the Elvis mansion, and see how the King lived. It’s really a museum, and there’s a hotel and even and RV park!

Gus's Famous Fried Chicken in Memphis Tennessee

Gus’s Famous Fried Chicken, 310 S. Front St., Memphis We absolutely love Gus’s Fried Chicken, so a visit to the original location in Mason was a must when in Tennessee! The Downtown Memphis location is our favorite!

Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Rd., Memphis See the flora of the Mid-South at this beautiful botanic garden with seasonal events. The Big Backyard is a family garden with hands-on activities your kids will love!

Memphis Red Birds Baseball, Autozone Park 198 Union Ave., Memphis The Triple-A team of the Cardinals. I love minor league baseball, which is always very casual and fun, and feels a lot like baseball is suppose to feel! Located in Auto Zone Park, across from the Peabody Hotel, it’s a really neat park! Auto Zone is headquartered in Memphis, and you’ll see they sponsor a lot of things around town!

Memphis Riverboat Cruise, 251 Riverside Dr., Memphis Take a scenic cruise on the historic riverboat on the mighty Mississippi River!

Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis Take a walk on the wild side at the Memphis Zoo, located in beautiful Overton Park!

Museum of Science and History and the Pink Palace Planetarium, 3050 Central Ave., Memphis Learn about the historical and natural history of the region, along with hands-on exhibits and a planetarium.

Mud Island Park, 125 Front St., Memphis An island park with a River Museum and activities. The museum and water attractions are currently closed, see website for updates.

Haunted Memphis Ghost Walk, 552 S. Main St., Memphis We love ghost tours, and this is a great way to learn a little more about the history and legends of Memphis!

Memphis Music Hall of Fame, 126 Beale St., Memphis The Hall of Fame honors Memphis musicians, and offers visitors the history of Memphis Sound!

National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St., Memphis Learn about the history of Memphis and the Civil Rights Movement. It was such a great teaching moment for my kids!

Peabody Hotel Ducks, 149 Union Ave., Memphis One of my kids favorite things to do in Memphis is to go see the Peabody Ducks as they walk into their pond in the hotel lobby!

Railgarten, 2156 Central Ave., Memphis A fun beirgarten with something for everyone, located in an old Railroad Substation.

Shelby Farms Park, 6903 Great Views Dr North, Memphis One of the largest urban parks in the country, Shelby Farms Park offers great adventures for the whole family! Fishing on one of their lakes, view their bison herd, paddleboard and kayak rentals, Zip-lines with Go Ape, bike rentals and trails, disc golf, paintball and much more!

Shelby Farms Stables Guided Trail Ride, 500 N. Pine Lake Drive, Memphis Explore Shelby Farms Park on horseback with a guided tour, from pony rides for kids to 2-hour trail rides and sunset rides!

RCA Studio B, 2115 Merchants Row, Germantown TN The former recording home of Elvis and many others, now a museum and school.

Wolf River Conservancy The Wolf River offers paddling and bike trails in Urban Memphis, as well as longer paddling trips with outfitters, including the Ghost River section. I haven’t done the Ghost River yet, but I’m planning a trip now!

The Hernando de Soto Bridge on I-40 over the Mississippi River going into Memphis Tennessee.

Just a fun fact, but I-40 between Memphis and Nashville is known as The Music Highway!

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