If you go on a weekend getaway to Memphis, Tennessee, there are several things you can do to have some fun. Whether you are a die-hard fan or just an enthusiast, you should go and see the Elvis and Graceland’s recording room situated at Sun Studio. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum as well as the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum to know some history about the city. You and your loved ones can swing by the Memphis Zoo to view some pandas or witness the popular Peabody Ducks parading in lobby area of The Peabody Memphis. We Are Memphis is a non-profit organization striving to ensure anyone visiting Memphis is comfortable and possibly feel welcome to the city. Read on to see more activities in Memphis.
1. National Civil Rights Museum
Visiting the National Civil Rights Museum is a must-do activity while in Memphis. Situated in the Lorraine Motel where the assassination of the late Martin Luther King Jr. occurred, this museum has multimedia presentations on the history of the civil rights movement. There are 260 artifacts, at least forty film, oral presentations, interactive media as well as exterior listening posts to guide visitors through 5 centuries of the city’s history. You will get a chance to view a Greyhound bus used by the Freedom Riders and Martin Luther King Jr.’s motel room, where he stayed before his demise.
2. Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Set on the original location of Stax Records Studio, the museum stands as a commemoration of the musicians and American soul legends who recorded great music in this legendary place. This museum has over 2,000 artifacts, informing exhibits, shows and galleries. In the memorabilia you will get to view the custom Cadillac Eldorado used by Isaac Hayes, which has been outfitted with a television, minibar and 24-carat gold outer rim.
3. Sun Studio
The Sun Studio is usually called “the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll”. The former owner of this legendary place known as Sam Philips assisted in launching music careers of famous musicians like Elvis, Johnny Cash, B.B King, as well as Roy Orbison. While visiting this amazing studio, you will have a chance to hear stories of the legendary musicians who recorded songs there, listen to tracks and view other memorabilia.
4. Memphis Zoo
If you are visiting the city with your kids, you should not forget to visit the Memphis Zoo located in Overton Park. There are about 3,500 animals in this zoo such as giant pandas, primates, bears, wolves, big cats, river hippos. All the animals stay in environments that mimic their natural habitats in the wild. Your kids will definitely enjoy the well-organized trip around the zoo that spans 70 acres. The best time to get here is during the morning hours and carry some packed lunch.
5. Peabody Ducks
The Peabody Memphis has a great reputation for being among the best hotels in the South. The building is exquisite, but the main attraction in this hotel is the Peabody Ducks march. Since the mid-20th century, this birds have been a tourist attraction in this historic hotel. You should arrive there at about 11 a.m. to see the ducks do their amazing march from their home through the lobby up to the Peabody Fountain. In the evening they march up again from the fountain to go back home.
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