16 Sweet Things to Do in Memphis for March Madness

Published On: March 21st, 2017

In town for the NCAA tournament?

These 16 Memphis attractions are a slam dunk for fun between the hoops action!

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Graceland: No visit to Memphis is complete with a pilgrimage to the home of the King. In addition to Elvis Presley’s mansion, grounds, and museums, Graceland also features a new entertainment complex and of course resort accommodations at the Guest House.


The National Civil Rights Museum: Housed in the Memphis hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his final hours pursuing his dream of equality, the museum offers a sobering but inspiring look at the struggle for equal rights in America.


Beale Street: The address of the American Blues, the Beale Street Historic District is home to dozens of clubs and live-music venues as well as the famous A. Schwab store.


Memphis Zoo: Overton Park has one of the top zoos in the U.S., with more than 3,500 animals roaming 76 acres in the heart of the city, including a pair of Chinese pandas.

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The I Love Memphis Murals: Stage your social snapshots at one of the “I Love Memphis” murals scattered across the city: props if you visit all eight! (Cheat: use the map on the I Love Memphis site to find them.)


Sun Studio: Take the free Graceland shuttle to the legendary recording studio where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash got their start.


Mud Island River Park: The Memphis monorail is your connection to this urban playground, home to the Riverwalk (a huge scale model of the Mississippi River), bike trails, a museum, and an open-air concert venue.


Dixon Gallery and Gardens: For 40 years, this beautiful estate museum has housed the city’s finest collection of French and American Impressionist paintings among its exhibits.


The Shelby Farms Greenline: Walk, run, bike or skate this 10.8-mile urban trail connecting midtown Memphis to the 4,500-acre Shelby Farms Park.


Muddy’s Bake Shop: Family-run purveyor of organic cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, brownies, plus local favorites like banana pudding and pimiento cheese, make this the best place in Memphis to sate your sweet tooth.


Memphis Rock and Soul Museum: The Smithsonian Institution tells the story about the birth and evolution of rock ’n roll and soul music at this Beale Street museum.


Stax Museum of American Soul Music: A replica of a Mississippi Delta church, the original Stax Records recording studio, an interactive dance floor, and Isaac Hayes’ custom 1972 Cadillac Eldorado are among this fun and interactive museum’s collections.

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