Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Memphis, Tennessee

A city that is frequented by music fans and filled with a variety of incredible attractions, Memphis in Tennessee welcomes huge numbers of visitors from around the globe every year.

When you visit this destination, you will be able to take in some truly fascinating sights and attractions, and the city is particularly famous for being home to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, which has become one of the top attractions here over the decades.

With great places to dine, unique character, and a host of facilities in addition to its many attractions, Memphis is a great place to enjoy a unique and memorable vacation.

Here are the top 10 tourist attractions in Memphis that you should add to your itinerary.

Things To Do in Memphis

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1: Elvis Presley Graceland

Elvis Presley Graceland
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The 2nd most visited historic home in the whole country, Graceland is a must for anyone that comes to Memphis and in particular fans of rock and roll – and of the King himself, Elvis Presley. You can enjoy a fascinating tour of this world famous mansion, although tours of the upstairs of the property are not allowed. However, you will be able to benefit from exploring the downstairs of the mansion as well as the Meditation Garden where you will find Elvis’ gravesite. There is also a VIP tour option, which enables you to enjoy seeing artifacts that are not often seen.

Address: 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38116


Also Read: Top 10 Most Famous Historic Homes in America

2: Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Flickr/Steve Snodgrass
This is another great Memphis attraction for those who love their music, and has become known as home of the Memphis sound. Hundred of world famous hits have been recorded here over the decades by superstars that include Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Isaac Hayes amongst others. You can look forward to exploring the history of soul music when you visit this museum as well as being able to enjoy a range of displays and exhibitions relating to this genre of music.

Address: 926 E McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38106


3: Memphis Zoo

Memphis Zoo
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Offering a superb day out for the whole family to enjoy, Memphis Zoo is one of the finest in the country and enables you to get up close and personal with a wide variety of animal species. You will find all sorts of animals here including giant pandas, polar bears and wolves to name but a few. There are different areas and habitats that you will be able to explore when you visit the zoo, and this is an attraction that will delight the adults in your group just as much as the children.

Address: 2000 Prentiss Pl, Memphis, TN 38112


4: National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum
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You and your family can enjoy learning all about the American civil rights movement when you visit this recently refurbished and fascinating museum. There are many wonderful and informative displays and exhibits that can be found here, including a range of interactive ones that the whole family can enjoy. This provides a great way to delve into some of the country’s key history and learn about things such as the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, when he was shot in that very building.

Address: 450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103


5: Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Dixon Gallery and Gardens
When it comes to feasting your eyes on incredible works of art, this is definitely the place to come in Memphis. You will find a wonderful impressionist collection of artwork here making it the ideal attraction for art lovers. In addition, the gallery runs a number of educational programs for children ensuring that they can also develop their interest in the arts. In addition to the gallery itself, you will also find stunning gardens to explore when you come here making it ideal for those who love to enjoy natural beauty.

Address: 4339 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38117


6: Mud Island River Park

Mud Island River Park
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You will find a range of attractions to enjoy when you come to Mud Island River Park, which something for people of all ages to enjoy. You can enjoy a fascinating trek along the River Walk on the island as well as exploring the delights of the Mississippi River Museum. The island also has an amphitheater that hosts a range of big name music events and entertainment over the course of the year.

Address: 125 N Front St, Memphis, TN 38103

7: Memphis Botanic Garden

Memphis Botanic Garden
A great choice for horticulture enthusiasts, this is a great way to enjoy a morning or afternoon out while benefiting from the chance to take in some breathtaking natural beauty. The garden spans nearly one hundred acres, so you can enjoy taking in plenty of plant life when you visit. There are children’s facilities here too, so there is no problem bringing the little ones along to take in the beautiful surroundings and have fun in the play areas. There are various events held here over the course of the year too, which you can enjoy while you indulge in a picnic in the grassed areas.

Address: 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, TN 38117


8: Sun Studio

Sun Studio
Flickr/Chris Brown
This is another one for the music enthusiasts that come to Memphis, and has become known for being the place where Elvis recorded his hit song ‘That’s Alright Mama’ before being catapulted to fame. Not only that, but many other huge names have recorded music here including Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, BB King and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Address: 706 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103


9: Victorian Village

Victorian Village
You can look forward to admiring the architecture and exploring some history when you visit this charming residential area in Memphis. The historic area is also home to a range of attractions including the Mallory Neely House Museum and the Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum. You will enjoy taking in the fine architecture that can be seen as you stroll around this area and you can even stop off and enjoy a refreshing drink at the Mollie Fontaine house.

Address: 671 Jefferson Ave, Memphis, TN 38105


10: National Ornamental Metal Museum

National Ornamental Metal Museum
Flickr/Kelly Williams
The American South has become known for its decorative metalwork over the decades and this museum pays homage to that heritage. You can learn all about decorative metalwork in the history of the American South as well as seeing some fascinating displays and exhibitions ranging from antique weaponry to decorative gates. You can also take a stroll in the beautiful sculpture garden or visit the working blacksmith shop that can be found here.

Address: 374 Metal Museum Dr, Memphis, TN 38106


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