Guide to Memphis, Tennessee

Haunted hotels and beer-drinking goats await you in Blues City!

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Created by mdawne2 - August 20th 2021

Memphis is the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock 'n roll, but Bluff City also has a pretty bizarre side. This Ultimate Offbeat Guide to Memphis will send you on an adventure to modern day pyramids, duck parades, and strange relics of the past.

Shelby Farms Park
4.5

6903 Great View Drive North, Memphis, TN, US

Shelby Farms Park

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17mi 00h 20m
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
4.4

1 Bass Pro Drive, Memphis, TN, US

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid

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Memphis loves ancient Egyptian motifs, which makes sense, since their city was named after a settlement in Egypt, so naturally, they built themselves a pyramid. The world's 10th largest, in fact.

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid houses the largest collection of hunting equipment in the world, has a shooting range, an archery range, laser tag, a saltwater aquarium, a hotel, several restaurants and bars, and even a bowling alley. Seriously, this place is staggeringly strange and amazing.

Tips: For $10 you can take an elevator up to the tippy-top of the pyramid and look out over the city!

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4mi 00h 10m
Memphis Zoo
4.5

2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis, TN, US

Memphis Zoo

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Fire Museum of Memphis
4.5

118 Adams Ave (Memphis Firefighters Ave), Memphis, TN, US

Fire Museum of Memphis

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One of Memphis' turn-of-the-century firehouses, Fire Engine House No. 1 is now an interactive museum dedicated to the proud history of the men who risk their lives fighting flames.

Inside the Fire Museum, you'll get an up-close look at what it took to battle raging fires throughout history, including a look at the horse-drawn era.. from the horse's perspective!

Other exhibits will put you in the shoes of a firefighter battling a skyscraper blaze from a snorkel basket, an interactive maze that challenges your ability to survive a fire, and even a room that simulates the heat from a burning building.

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17mi 00h 19m
Crystal Shrine Grotto
4.6

5668 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN, US

Crystal Shrine Grotto

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In 1938, Mexican artist Dionicio Rodriguez dug a 60-foot-deep cave in Memphis' Memorial Park Cemetery and filled it with 5 tons of crystal. The result? The Crystal Shrine Grotto, one of the weirdest attractions in the entire city.

The entrance to the cave is hidden inside a massive tree trunk, but once you're inside, you'll find more than just a boatload of sparkly crystals-- along the walls, there are several shrines which tell the life story of Jesus. The whole thing has a really quirky folk-art feel that's more reminiscent of the positives in life than a morbid reflection on mortality-- definitely nothing like your average graveyard!

Tips: There's no charge to enter the Crystal Shrine. If you're having trouble finding it, just listen for the ethereal music that pours from the cave opening.

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5mi 00h 12m
Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium
4.0

3050 Central Ave, Memphis, TN, US

Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium

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4mi 00h 12m
Marquette Park
4.0

Mt Moriah Rd & Park Ave, Memphis, TN, US

Marquette Park

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6mi 00h 16m
Overton Park
4.4

2080 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN, US

Overton Park

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5mi 00h 13m
Memphis Botanic Garden
4.5

750 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN, US

Memphis Botanic Garden

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9mi 00h 21m
Center for Southern Folklore
4.1

119 S Main St, Memphis, TN, US

Center for Southern Folklore

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0mi 00h 03m
The Peabody Hotel
4.4

149 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN, US

The Peabody Hotel

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The crown jewel of Memphis' lodging options, the historic Peabody Hotel isn't just a Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond luxury destination.. it's also pretty weird in its own right.

But forget about the history and luxe accommodations; it's the ducks that get all the attention here.

Every single day, a parade of ducks leave their home on the hotel's roof, ride the elevator downstairs, and march to the enormous travertine marble fountain in the lobby, where they spend some time taking a dip. It's a tradition that dates back to 1933, and even has even necessitated the creation of a "Duckmaster" position, the only of it's kind in the world.

Tips: The Peabody Ducks parade can be watched at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., even if you haven't booked a room here.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
4.5

1934 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN, US

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

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8mi 00h 14m
Graceland
4.5

3734 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN, US

Graceland

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It's not a visit to Memphis without a stop at Graceland, home of The King himself.

One of the top tourist destinations in all America, Graceland has given Elvis fans a glimpse into his life and, well, interesting design ideas. Tour the house with its bizarre themed rooms like the Jungle Room and get lost in the unbelievable amount of Rock & Roll memorabilia displayed on the grounds.

Tip: Even if you don't want to pop for the tour, you can visit the final resting place of The King for free, every morning from 7:30-8:30, when Graceland allows walk-up visitors into the Meditation Garden.

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14mi 00h 26m
Olive Branch City Park
4.5

8257 Goodman Rd, Olive Branch, MS, US

Olive Branch City Park

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22mi 00h 32m
National Ornamental Metal Museum
3.4

374 Metal Museum Dr, Memphis, TN, US

National Ornamental Metal Museum

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As the only institution in the country devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art and craft of fine metalwork, the Metal Museum houses regular exhibitions featuring everything from beautiful ornamental gates to hand-made blades, and even offers hands-on metalworking demonstrations from masters of the craft.

Tips: Don't leave without visiting the gift shop. They have tons of really unique hand-made jewelry and ornamental metalwork usually reserved for art galleries.

Bring a lunch and have a seat at the gazebo which overlooks the Mississippi. You can't beat the view.

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1mi 00h 05m
Memphis RiverBoats
3.9

251 S. Riverside Drive, Memphis, TN, US

Memphis RiverBoats

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0mi 00h 03m
A. Schwab's
4.1

163 Beale St, Memphis, TN, US

A. Schwab's

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If you've ever wanted to travel back in time, A. Schwab's is about the closest you can get. This beloved Memphis staple is the only original business remaining on Beale Street, and it looks pretty much as it did nearly a century ago.

One part museum and one part general store, A. Schwab's isn't just a place where you can buy, hands down, the most authentic Memphis merchandise, it's also a place where you can saddle up to a classic soda fountain serving period-appropriate grub like pickled watermelon rinds and corn cob jelly. Trust me, it's all way tastier than it sounds.

Tip: The malt bar in the back of the shop serves alcoholic milkshakes. You're welcome.

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1mi 00h 06m
St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral
4.0

672-92 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN, US

St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

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3mi 00h 09m
Rhodes College
4.5

2000 N Parkway, Memphis, TN, US

Rhodes College

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6mi 00h 16m
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
4.5

4339 Park Ave, Memphis, TN, US

Dixon Gallery & Gardens

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Memphis might be the home of The Blues, but with incredible sights like duck parades, crystal grottos, beer-drinking goats, and crazy beauty-shops-turned-fine-dining-restaurants, the blues is one thing you won't have while you're adventuring in the Bluff City.