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Things to do in Memphis

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“A complex of museums and historic buildings, its exhibits trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. The museum is built around the former Lorraine Motel, where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Two other buildings and their adjacent property, also connected with the King assassination, have been acquired as part of the museum complex.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great for families and animals lovers alike. Over 3,500 animals and 500 different species. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Museum
“Whether you are an Elvis fan or not, you cannot come to Memphis and not visit Elvis' home - Graceland! Self guided tours in his mansion and also the outdoor area including his airplanes, cars and bikes. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“Slow smoked Memphis Style. Open daily 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. This locally owned barbecue chain features juicy, wet, or dry-rubbed ribs, saucy pulled pork sandwiches, even loaded barbecue nachos piled high with pulled pork, ‘cue sauce, cheese sauce, shredded cheese, and jalapeños. Don’t miss the crispy, kettle-style homemade barbecue chips. And while you’re there, try a locally brewed beer from Memphis Made, Wiseacre, Ghost River, or High Cotton breweries.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Other Nightlife
“Within walking distance (15 minutes) or a quick Uber/Lyft ride (5 minutes) from the Magnolia House has a great dinner/music scene and enjoyed by all. Make this a stop while in Memphis. ”
  • 78 locals recommend
Dog Run
“My favorite outdoor space in Memphis. Plenty of paved trails for walking/biking and a huge playground and pond. Great for kids. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Record Shop
“I can't make a list and not include Beale. The history is incredible. Now it's mostly neon and bars. Lots of bars, restaurants, and live music that they think tourists would like. I go maybe once or twice a year. You can have an open container on the street and I think they serve til 5 or 6 AM. It's fun to walk with a drink in your hand. LOTS of great souvenir shops.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Best spicy, juicy, fried chicken in the Mid-South! Open daily 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., weekends until 10 p.m.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Within walking distance from the Magnolia House - a very nice boutique museum that locals love - has a nice little coffee shop that is open to everyone - even if you are not planning to tour the museum. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Sporting Goods Shop
“The massive retail space combines a giant-sized version of a Bass Pro shop with a giant cypress swamp filled with fish and alligators, a 13-lane bowling alley, a 28-story freestanding glass elevator, a 120-room hotel that resembles a swanky lodge, an observation deck at the tip of the Pyramid (visit for a fee), and all manner of boats, ATVs, and more to explore. Oh, and a gun range, an archery range, a shooting gallery, and a hotel spa. So, let's just call it Disney for outdoorsy types. Or anyone who wants to marvel at the marriage of a pyramid and a hunting lodge. Weirdly, it just works. Well worth the fee for the view on good weather days.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Museum
“ Our tour guide was energetic, funny, and really gave us an appreciation of Memphis music and the roots of rock ‘n’ roll. Highly recommended! ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Park
“This park is one of Memphis' best parks and is only with a quick fifteen minute drive from One Fine Day.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“A great place to enjoy some great music - this place has some really interesting history with the Memphis music scene. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Hotel
“The historic Peabody Hotel’s Downtown rooftop offers sweeping views of the Mississippi River, and it’s certainly one of the best places to catch a sunset. During the summer months, the hotel hosts weekly rooftop parties on Thursday nights, with cocktails and live music. And don't forget about the daily ritual of the elevator duck ride between the rooftop to the fountain to the lobby.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Museum
“Located on the original site of the Stax Records studio in the Stax Museum pays special tribute to the artists who recorded there, as well as other American soul legends, with a rare and amazing collection of more than 2,000 artifacts, interactive exhibits, films and galleries.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Cafe
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“If one coffee shop fully encompasses the artsy vibe of Memphis’ Midtown district, it’s Otherlands. Full-length windows across the front of the shop allow natural light to pour into the funky, colorful space that’s 􀉤lled with sofas, tables decorated with decoupage, mismatched chairs, and at any given time, Midtowners of all ages typing away on laptops, sketching in notebooks, or engaging in deep conversation. Also it offers fresh carrot juice and homemade Italian sodas on the menu, and the food consists of veggie burgers, kosher bagels (with dairy or vegan cream cheese), tuna melts and breakfast burritos.”
  • 40 locals recommend

Top restaurants

BBQ Joint
“Slow smoked Memphis Style. Open daily 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. This locally owned barbecue chain features juicy, wet, or dry-rubbed ribs, saucy pulled pork sandwiches, even loaded barbecue nachos piled high with pulled pork, ‘cue sauce, cheese sauce, shredded cheese, and jalapeños. Don’t miss the crispy, kettle-style homemade barbecue chips. And while you’re there, try a locally brewed beer from Memphis Made, Wiseacre, Ghost River, or High Cotton breweries.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best spicy, juicy, fried chicken in the Mid-South! Open daily 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., weekends until 10 p.m.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Music Venue
“A great place to enjoy some great music - this place has some really interesting history with the Memphis music scene. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Cafe
“If one coffee shop fully encompasses the artsy vibe of Memphis’ Midtown district, it’s Otherlands. Full-length windows across the front of the shop allow natural light to pour into the funky, colorful space that’s 􀉤lled with sofas, tables decorated with decoupage, mismatched chairs, and at any given time, Midtowners of all ages typing away on laptops, sketching in notebooks, or engaging in deep conversation. Also it offers fresh carrot juice and homemade Italian sodas on the menu, and the food consists of veggie burgers, kosher bagels (with dairy or vegan cream cheese), tuna melts and breakfast burritos.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Stepping into The Arcade Restaurant feels like stepping back into Memphis’ glory days when Elvis reigned supreme. This 1950s-style diner actually dates back to 1919, making it Memphis’ oldest continuously operating restaurant. The space was redesigned in the ’50s by owner Speros Zepatos’ son Harry, and it hasn’t changed much since. Diners feast on greasy breakfasts and meat-and-three plates atop boomerang-style tables. Elvis was a fan of the Arcade, and his favorite booth is marked with a plaque. The restaurant is often used as a film location and has made appearance in Mystery Train, Great Balls of Fire!, The Client, The Firm, 21 Grams, Elizabethtown, Walk the Line, and My Blueberry Nights.”
  • 37 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“A local favorite! This is the place to be if you are in Memphis and would like to try barbecue. The restaurant specialized in "dry rub" style ribs. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Brunch, Lunch or Dinner. Has a mid century vibe. Pricing is Moderate to inexpensive depending on your budget. 2 people could spend $50 bucks without drinks and be full. 5 min from the bungalow. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Dive Bar
“When you are out late, and I mean after 2:00am, be sure and drop in Earnestine & Hazel's for a "Soul Burger" and a cold brew.. Best juke box in town.. And don't leave before you find your way up stairs for the not-too-known hangout spots.”
  • 50 locals recommend

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