Things to Do in Memphis, Tennessee
Located in the heart of downtown Memphis, Tennessee, Big Cypress Lodge is just moments away from the city’s most popular attractions. Listed below are a few of our local favorites. During your stay, visit the concierge for more recommendations and assistance with arranging tours and transportation.
Shelby Farms Park
6903 Great View Dr
Spanning 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country. The park features over 40 miles of paved and unpaved trails and 20 bodies of water for fishing. Be sure to check out the iconic Shelby Farms Greenline, a 10.65-mile paved cycling and pedestrian trail.
3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Located on 13.8 acres, Graceland was the home to rock ‘n’ roll king, Elvis Presley. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was declared a National Historic Landmark. Graceland is the second-most visited home in the United States, just behind the White House!
The Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Pl
Home to over 4,500 animals, The Memphis Zoo has been ranked the “#1 Zoo in the US” by visitors. Be sure to stop by Cat Country and the Dragon’s Lair.
Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
191 Beale St
The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is an exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution to showcase the birth of rock and soul music. It tells the story of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E. McLemore Ave
Located at the original site of Stax Records, its interactive exhibits and vast collection of memorabilia tells the uniquely Memphis story of the record label that launched the careers of Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the MGs, and dozens of others.
Named “America’s Most Iconic Street,” Beale Street is nearly two miles of blues clubs and restaurants. A stroll down this historic street surrounds you with live music, vibrant lights and colors, and regional food specialties
The National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street
Following the history of the Civil Rights Movement, this complex of museums and historic buildings displays artifacts and eyewitness stories to paint the picture of a dark time in American History. Visitors leave with a deeper understanding of the fight for equality in America.
706 Union Ave
Visit Sun Studio to hold Elvis’ microphone and stand. This is the spot where the first rock ‘n’ roll single was recorded. This recording studio has been home to music stars like Johnny Cash, Elvis, Carl Perkins, B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis.
191 Beale St,
Located near Beale Street, FedEx Forum is the sports arena where you can catch the Memphis Grizzlies in an NBA game or the NCAA Division I men’s basketball team from the University of Memphis. This venue is also the spot for many local concerts and shows.