2157 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 +1 901 278 6300
This is the perfect place for an evening or afternoon out. A lively neighborhood with theaters (both live and film), bars, restaurants and interesting shops, there is something for everyone here. Spend the day antique shopping, dine in an international restaurant and then catch a film or play. During holidays the square hosts parties with live music, drinks and dancing outside. Each December, Memphis artists host a show here where you can buy original artwork at very reasonable prices.
Overton Park is the home of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis College of Art, and the Overton Park Municipal Golf Course. The park by itself is a lovely place to visit. There are trails for hiking and biking, tennis courts, a playground, picnic area, and huge, shady trees to relax under.The rainbow-painted amphitheater, once the location of concerts by Elvis Presley and ZZ Top, is now seldom used, but still a good place to sit and ponder the glories of music gone by.
Cooper Street and Young Street Memphis, TN 38104 +1 901 543 5333
This district was one of the loveliest residential areas during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The houses, with their Victorian gingerbread trim, languished in disrepair during the earlier 20th century, but in the 1970s the area staged a comeback. The restored houses are worth a drive through the neighbourhood on their own, but the area has also become a hip entertainment spot, with restaurants, nightclubs and antique stores. One weekend each fall, the Cooper-Young neighbourhood holds the Cooper-Young Festival with crafts, music and food.
The Memphis College of Art offers degree programs in photography, graphic design and studio art. The college has two galleries open to the public, where the work of students and faculty may be viewed and purchased. One of the most interesting items for sale is the handmade paper created by students such as alumna Amy Carter, daughter of former president Jimmy Carter. The college holds a special sale each year before Christmas, in which children can create their own wrapping paper or take part in other art activities. Gallery admission is free to the public.
2000 Prentiss Place Memphis, TN 38112 +1 901 333 6500
The 2,800 animals of over 400 species here are cared for in environments as close to their native habitats as possible. From African veldt to Asian temple ruins, Peruvian rain forests or Jamaican caverns, the animals roam free. Young children will enjoy the "Once Upon a Farm" exhibit and the amusement rides. The apes and monkeys in Primate Canyon will amuse the whole family. Do not miss the lions and tigers in Cat Country. Trams make getting around the park easy; wheelchairs and strollers can be rented.
Memphis' main museum is housed in a marble building completed in 1916. The architecturally beautiful rooms house an outstanding collection of medieval art and a small but worthwhile collection of Impressionist works. One room is dedicated to a "touch" exhibit for vision-impaired visitors. Temporary exhibits include a patriotic show held during the Memphis in May Festival. The restaurant, the Brushmark, is a fine place to lunch, especially when the outside patio is open, which looks out on Overton Park.
706 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 +1 901 521 0664
Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King-they all recorded here at Sun Studio. Founded by Sam Phillips in 1950, this studio became the heart of the Memphis sound. It is still a functioning studio, and modern musicians still record here to try to acquire a little of the magic. Take a tour and see exhibits relating to the artists who recorded here, including Carl Perkins, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and, of course, Elvis. Many visitors to Memphis cite this tour as the highlight of their stay.
Vollintine Hills Historic District is located at Memphis, Tennessee. There are a total of 78 contributing houses built around a former synagogue. The houses in the district are still intact that were built between 1946 C.E to 1957 C.E. The district got listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places on July 11, 2007.
The Abbey on South Cooper Street was where Johnny Cash performed his first public gig. Till today, this intimate concert venue continues with the tradition of exposing the raw and talented musicians to the music-loving people living in and around Memphis. The weekly night concerts, be it of an upcoming local artist or of an indie band on tour, are well-received by the people who turn up in large numbers. However, the limited-capacity venue fits only a few. So make sure you visit the venue before time to avoid disappointment of missing out on the performances of your favorite bands.
1555 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 +1 901 312 6058
Minglewood Hall is a versatile venue that plays host to almost any kind of event. Complete with state-of-the-art systems, this hall makes a good venue for gigs, corporate functions and even private celebrations. A number of concerts and stage shows are held here regularly and this space is good for catching a well-scripted play as well. Check website for calendar of events.
The Main Street Trolley consists of restored vintage trolley cars
that offer views of downtown Memphis and the riverfront. One route runs up and down Main Street from the Pyramid to Central Station offering comfortable transportation to sights such ...
Situated at the north end of the trolley line, this
hotel is an easy ride to Beale Street, the Civil Rights Museum and other downtown attractions. It is close to the Pinch District, with its funky, friendly bars and ...
Memphis' main museum is housed in a marble building completed
in 1916. The architecturally beautiful rooms house an outstanding collection of medieval art and a small but worthwhile collection of Impressionist works. One room is dedicated to a "touch" ...