Located in the heart of Downtown Memphis, AutoZone Park was named the 2009 Minor League Ballpark of the Year by Baseball America and receives numerous other accolades each year. By combining the feel of such parks as Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and Camden Yards, AutoZone Park is a state-of-the-art facility with classic, neo-traditional style.
Let Backbeat Tours take you on tours as unique as Memphis. Backbeat Tours combines live music, comedy, and narration to create a remarkable adventure through Sun Records sites and Memphis’ musical heritage. For those visitors interested in the complete Memphis experience — food, shopping, and attractions discover the richness of Memphis through Backbeat Tours. Only at Backbeat Tours can you ride through the streets of Memphis with real working musicians. Their guides don’t just tell you about the sights—they play and sing real Memphis classic hits live on the bus. Grab a tambourine, shaker or bongos and join in the fun- it is an experience like no other.
Their tours have been featured in the New York Times, on CNN, the BBC, Irish TV, Japanese TV, and Fox 13 News, and in Forbes, USA Today, Southern Living, Memphis Magazine, and newspapers around the country. Go find out what all the talk is about!
Music, history, entertainment and fun come together on Beale Street, one of city’s most popular attractions. With more than 25 clubs and shops to choose from, Beale Street is an excellent thing to do for any traveler visiting Memphis. Spend a weekend experiencing the city’s best nightlife and be sure to browse Beale Street’s array of bars, restaurants and music clubs.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland
Take an unforgettable journey through the most famous rock ‘n’ roll residence in the world: Graceland. Memphis, TN was the rock-and-roll legend’s home for more than 20 years and at Graceland you can explore the personal side of Elvis Presley. Learn how his revolutionary style and unique sound changed the face of popular music and culture forever. Connect with fans from your home state or around the world, admire Elvis Presley fan photos – and add your own!
The Memphis Zoo
Memphis Zoo, is home to more than 4,500 animals representing more than 500 different species. Recently named as one of the top zoos in the country by TripAdvisor and by USA Today, Memphis Zoo has completed over $93 million in renovations and expansion since the early 1990s. The Zoo’s animal inhabitants reside in one-of-a-kind exhibitry, such as Once Upon a Farm, The Commercial Appeal Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Animals of the Night, Northwest Passage, Teton Trek, CHINA – home to giant pandas YaYa and Le Le, and the all-new Zambezi River Hippo Camp. Memphis Zoo was founded in 1906 and resides on 70 acres in the middle of Overton Park. It is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Memphis Zoo, YaYa and Le Le are trademarks of the Memphis Zoo.
The Metal Museum is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art and craft of fine metalwork. This is achieved through exhibitions, collections, conservation, restoration and consulting services, classes, internship opportunities, artist residencies and apprenticeships, research and onsite fabrication of artwork and architectural elements.
The value of the Metal Museum extends well beyond its exhibitions and facilities. As the only institution of its kind, it leads the way in recognizing and promoting the careers of metalsmiths. You will not want to miss this.
National Civil Rights Museum
The museum offers 260 artifacts, more than 40 new films, oral histories, interactive media and external listening posts that guide visitors through five centuries of history — from the beginning of the resistance during slavery, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, and the seminal events of the late 20th century that inspired people around the world to stand up for equality.
The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is a very special experience that takes visitors through centuries of history. Visitors begin within the original Lorraine Motel structure and continue through the Legacy exhibits within the Young & Morrow and Boarding House buildings across Mulberry Street. Guests should allow at least two hours for a quality visit and experience.
The Peabody Ducks
The Legend of the Ducks
How did the tradition of the ducks in The Peabody fountain begin? Back in the 1930s Frank Schutt, General Manager of The Peabody, and a friend, Chip Barwick, returned from a weekend hunting trip to Arkansas. The men had a little too much Tennessee sippin’ whiskey, and thought it would be funny to place some of their live duck decoys (it was legal then for hunters to use live decoys) in the beautiful Peabody fountain. Three small English call ducks were selected as “guinea pigs,” and the reaction was nothing short of enthusiastic. Thus, began a Peabody tradition which was to become internationally famous.
In 1940, Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, offered to help with delivering the ducks to the fountain each day and taught them the now-famous Peabody Duck March. Mr. Pembroke became The Peabody Duckmaster, serving in that capacity for 50 years until his retirement in 1991.
Nearly 90 years after the inaugural march, ducks still visit the lobby fountain at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.
It all started in a basement off an alley in Downtown Memphis
Memphis is the pork barbecue mecca of the world, and there are great barbecue restaurants in every nook and cranny of this town. They know how to eat right. And while everyone has a favorite, few can question that the Rendezvous is a quintessential Memphis experience. For 70 years, the Vergos family has been serving their signature dry rub ribs in a basement through a downtown alley across from the Peabody Hotel. And while the world outside has changed considerably, very little has changed in that magical basement.
Locals, tourists, dignitaries and celebrities all come down through the alley and down those steps to experience The Rendezvous. And if ribs aren’t your thing, you’ve got options. Salads, brisket, chopped chicken, red beans and rice are all on the menu too. If you aren’t in town, we are sorry about that. Memphis is a heck of a place. But you can still have their world-famous ribs delivered to your door or you can buy their dry rub at your neighborhood grocery store. Seriously though, while you are in town, make time for The Rendezvous. You’ll be glad you did.
Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world.
Located at 191 Beale, on the corner of legendary Highway 61 at the FedEx Forum sports and entertainment complex, the museum offers a comprehensive Memphis music experience from the rural field hollers and sharecroppers of the 1930s, through the explosion of Sun, Stax and Hi Records and Memphis’ musical heyday in the 70s, to its global musical influence. The museum’s digital audio tour guide is packed with over 300 minutes of information, including over 100 songs, and takes visitors at their own pace through seven galleries featuring 3 audio visual programs, more than 30 instruments, 40 costumes and other musical treasures.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, is a 17,000 square-foot museum offering interactive exhibits, videos, vintage musical instruments used to create the Stax sound, stage costumes, photographs, records, and approximately 3,000 other items of memorabilia that tell the unique story, from beginning to present, of American soul music, particularly that of Stax Records and the Memphis Sound. Artists highlighted include Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, the Bar-Kays, Booker T. & the MGs, Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, and hundreds of others.
Sun Studio – The place where an 18-year-old Elvis Presley recorded his first song. It’s well-known in the music industry as “The Birthplace of Rock ‘N’ Roll” and the most famous recording studio in the world. Opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips in 1950, this national Historic Landmark is where superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and countless others started their recording careers. Today, Sun Studio still serves as a recording studio in the evenings while hosting public tours during the daytime hours.
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