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A Trip to Memphis is More Than a Tour of Elvis’ House

A curled lip, swiveling hips, greased hair and a white diamante studded jumpsuit; these are the images conjured when one thinks of Memphis.  But a trip to Memphis doesn’t have to revolve around worshiping of The King and the land he traversed.  There are plenty of awesome activities to keep you busy on a quick trip to Bluff City.

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!

The Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3,500 animals and is set on 76 acres of Overton Park.  Having invested more than $80 million on renovations since 1990, the Memphis Zoo is not to be missed.  Open year round, the zoo boasts some excellent activities including penguin feedings and a daily sea lion show.  With a cool café serving eats by Memphis Tiger by chopperonlineBackyard Burgers, the Memphis Zoo is a stellar stop on a trip with friends.  Tickets available online here.

Segregation Never, Integration Now!

Memphis is home to America’s first museum solely dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement.  Built on the site of the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down, the National Civil Rights Museum explores the legacy of MLK and the lessons that can be learned from the American Civil Rights Movement.  Even though you’re on a break from school, fill your head with some solid facts!  They may come in handy… or at least serve for some filler in your next American History paper.


Maybe your favorite word to spell as a kid, the Mississippi River is the second longest river in the United States. The Mud Island River Park is an interactive attraction dedicated to educating about the river that runs through Memphis.  The attraction boasts activities including hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, pedal boatings.  With purchase of camping excursions at Mud Island visitors receive a rental tent, dinner, entertainment, and fun around a campfire complete with marshmallows, and a delicious breakfast after slumber under the twinkling Tennessee stars.

Mud Island panorama by stephenhackett

Unfortunately Mud Island River Park is only open during the summer months, but summer is the best time to dip your toes in the ½ mile Riverwalk model. Meet new people and enjoy time with your travel buddies.  Who knew that M*I*S*S*I*S*S*I*P*P*I spelled fun?

Awesome Eats

Neeley’s Barbeque boasts the most excellent barbeque in the state of Tennessee.  With two locations in Memphis, memphis dinner by jbcurioNeeley’s Barbeque is finger lickin’ good.  Leonard’s Pit Barbeque is known for it’s tasty sandwiches and pit of ‘que’d goodness.  Hit up the Rum Boogie Café for some mouth-watering gumbo and Automatic Slims for some fiery Voodoo Stew.  Slip into the Beauty Shop Restaurant for a hip dining experience: this restaurant is carved out of an old beauty parlor. For some “All-American food with a twist” and a terrific photo op stop by Big Foot Lodge, an excellent eatery with a life size statue of Big Foot and s’mores that you make yourself at your table!  If you’re feeling adventurous and extra hungry, try your hand at Bigfoot’s 4lb burger! Say cheese… burger!

Hit the Town Y’all!

A trip out of town for college kids 21 an up is obviously all ‘bout the nightlife!  Memphis boasts morBB Kings by terri_browne music than your ears can handle, and a night out on the town should be spent trying to experience it all!  Head over to Beadle Street and start off at BB King Blues Club for some live music and tasty dry rubbed ribs.  Buy some sweet souvenirs at Alley Katz Gift Emporium then bop over to the Black Diamond for live blues and pre-gaming drinks in a more intimate setting.  Sway over to the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium on Peabody Place to sample some of the 80 beers on tap and 100 bottled varieties in stock.  Head back to Beadle Street to party with the babes at Coyote Ugly and finish up the night at Wild Bill’s, open extra late on weekends for all you night owls!

Memphis is a killer destination for everyone; even those who don’t care to experience anything Elvis.  From camping on the Mississippi to learning more about the American Civil Rights Movement and all of the burgers and boogying in between, there is much more to Memphis than a tour of Elvis’s house! 
By Alexandra Gury


Address and Contact Information of Mentioned Venues:

Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN 38112

American Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Mud Island River Park
125 N Front St
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 576-7241

Neely’s Barbeque
670 Jefferson
Memphis, TN 38103

Leonard’s Pit Barbeque
5465 Fox Plaza Drive ?
Memphis, TN 38115

Rum Boogie Café
182 Beale St
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 528-0150

Automatic Slims
83 S 2nd St
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 525-7948

Beauty Shop Restaurant
966 S Cooper St
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 272-7111

Bigfoot Lodge
97 S 2nd St
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 578-9800

BB King Blues Club
143 Beale St
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 524-5464

Alley Katz Gift Emporium
156 Beale St
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 528-1055

Black Diamond
153 Beale St
Memphis,TN 38103
(901) 521-0800

Flying Saucer Draught
130 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 523-7468

Coyote Ugly
326 Beale St
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 888-8459

Wild Bill’s
1580 Vollintine Ave
Memphis, TN 38107
(901) 726-5473

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