Skip to content

Best things to do in Memphis

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Museum
“This is easily the best museum we have ever been to. This was the motel Dr. Martin Luther King was shot at, in 1968. Converted to a museum inside, the exterior still looks just like the motel. The National Civil Rights Museum is a complex of museums and historic buildings in Memphis; its exhibits trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the US from the 17th century to the present.”
93 locals recommend
Zoo
“This is a world-class, award-winning zoo with natural habitats and a wide variety of species. The zoo entrance is about a mile’s stroll through Overton Park from the bungalow. Early mornings, when walking along the path behind the zoo, you may hear the chillingly haunting sound of the wolves howling in concert. ”
72 locals recommend
Museum
“Everyone should visit Graceland at least once! All of his awards are displayed here...and of course E is buried there!”
71 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
$
“The original Central BBQ in Memphis is our go to for real Memphis BBQ. Ribs and sandwiches are obvious, but I get the chicken wings as my birthday dinner often. Jamaican Jerk style. Yum, yum!”
72 locals recommend
Dog Run
“Overton Park is a 342-acre public park in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee. The park contains a nine-hole golf course, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis College of Art, Memphis Zoo, Levitt Shell, Rainbow Lake, Veterans Plaza, the Greensward, two playgrounds, and a 126-acre Old Growth Forest State Natural Area. Three gateways have been enhanced with sculptural elements, including the colorful iconic bicycle entrance, which is just steps from the bungalow. ”
66 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.”
58 locals recommend
Other Nightlife
“http://overtonsquare.com/ Overton Square brings together people of all ages to shop, get fit, eat, and be entertained in a relaxed yet sophisticated environment in the heart of Midtown Memphis. Theaters, Movie Theater, Bars, Restaurants, Retail ”
75 locals recommend
Restaurant
$
“Whoa this is some really good chicken! Go to the one downtown on Front St. Afterward, walk west to the end of Vance St. to Vance Park for a great view of the city.”
54 locals recommend
Park
“Experience one of the largest urban parks in the country via bike, in the treetops on zip lines, on the water with kayaking, paddle boats or fishing, playground and splash pad for the kids, or simply say hello to the buffalo. At 4,500 acres and with 20 bodies of water, many different experiences are offered, so grab a picnic, plan to stay all day and experience a breathtaking sunset. ”
51 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! ”
44 locals recommend
Sporting Goods Shop
“1) It's massive. 2) It's got a hotel inside it. 3) You can go to the top and see all of Memphis. 4) It's massive!!”
44 locals recommend
Hotel
“The Peabody is probably best known around the world for a custom dating back to the 1930s. The General Manager of the time, Frank Schutt, had just returned from a weekend hunting trip in Arkansas. He and his friends found it amusing to leave their live decoy ducks in the hotel fountain. The guests loved the idea, and since then, ducks have played in the fountain every day.”
46 locals recommend
Art Museum
“http://www.brooksmuseum.org/ Founded in 1916 and located at 1934 Poplar Ave. in historic Overton Park, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is home to Tennessee’s oldest and largest major collection of world art. More than 10,000 works make up the Brooks Museum’s permanent collection, including works from ancient Greece, Rome, and the Americas; Renaissance masterpieces from Italy; English portraiture; American painting and decorative arts; contemporary art; and a survey of African art. The Brooks Museum enriches the lives of our diverse community through the museum's expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs that reflect the art of world cultures from antiquity to the present.”
43 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
$$
“The Rendezvous is the most famous BBQ restaurant in the city. A lot of Memphians like to hate on it because it's "popular". Don't listen to the haters. This place is fantastic. The food, the ambiance, and location can't be beat. Obviously you'll order ribs but I'd also HIGHLY recommend the Lamb Riblets and Sausage & Cheese plate. ”
33 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
$
“Memphis’ oldest cafe founded in 1919 and still family-run. Historic part of downtown Memphis and still has a vintage feel. Great place for breakfast. The sweet potato pancakes are not to be missed. ”
39 locals recommend
Music Venue
$$
“Live music every day! One of the best things about Memphis is the amazing music you can hear at any local place you go!”
58 locals recommend