Whether you’re from or traveling to Memphis, you’re going to be on the lookout for fun and safe things to do in the city this Summer. Here are eight things that anyone, family, friends, and loved ones, could do together this Summer:
1. Go to Beale Street
As both the Number One Tourist Attraction in the state of Tennessee and home of the nation’s best blues music, Beale Street is easily the most iconic street in Memphis. Whether you’re a vacationing family, on a business trip, or part of a bachelor/bachelorette trip, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Beale Street. The club and restaurant scene are heavy
with live music, good food, and an overall fun, safe atmosphere.
Here’s a list of all the different vendors you can find on the street:
- B.B. King’s Blues Club
- Beale Street Blues Gifts
- Beale Street Tap Room
- Black Diamond
- Blue Note Bar & Grill, Inc.
- Blues City Cafe
- Blues City General Store
- Club 152
- Club Handy
- Coyote Ugly Saloon
- Dyer’s Burgers
- Eel Etc. Fashions
- Flynn’s Restaurant & Bar
- Itta Bena
- Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe & Honky Tonk
- Johnny G’s Creole Kitchen
- King Jerry Lawler’s Hall of Fame Bar & Grille
- Kingdom Kreations Spa & Salon
- King’s Palace Cafe
- Memphis Music
- Miss Polly’s Soul City Cafe
- Mr. Handy’s Blues Hall
- New Daisy Theatre
- People’s Billiards Club
- Rum Boogie Cafe
- Silky O’Sullivan’s
- Strange Cargo
- Tater Reds
- The Pig on Beale
- Twelve Bar Balcony Bistro
- Wet Willie’s
2. Visit a Museum
With Memphis being one of the cultural hubs of the South, it’s full of history. From moments in music history to civil rights, major events have happened here. If you’re looking for something to do this Summer that takes you out of the heat and into a world of the past, you should visit one of Memphis’ many museums. Out of the 25 you can choose from, here are _.
- Memphis Music Hall of Fame
- Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
- The National Civil Right Museum
- Stax Museum of American Soul Music
- Metal Musuem
3. Take a Stroll Through the Zoo
The Memphis Zoo is one of the Mid-South’s largest and most interactive zoos. Not only do they have 18 different exhibits, but their newest, The Zambezi River, has visitors from all over flocking to the park. A day trip to the zoo is fun for families and friends.
4. Go on a Group Tour
A walking tour is a great way to see and learn more of a city than you ever would from just walking around alone. Walking guides will not only show you some of the most historical sites of the city, but they’ll also entertain you the whole way. There are even some companies that offer ghost tours to tourists, taking them to haunted sites in downtown Memphis like the famous bar Earnstine & Hazel’s.
Another popular tour to take is a party bike tour. If you aren’t afraid to use your muscles and want to cool down with an alcoholic or non-alcolic beverage while you do it, then a pedal bike might be the best tour for you. Some of the companies in Memphis will take you through both downtown and Midtown for a few miles of a ride.
5. Party at The Peabody
The Peabody is the inarguably one of the most famous hotels in downtown Memphis, known for its parade of ducks, a tradition that dates back to 1933. And every Thursday during the Summer, you can trek up to their rooftop terrace that overlooks the downtown skyline and Mississippi River for an unforgettable party. With live music and drinks, The Peabody Rooftop Parties have been named among the “Top 10 Rooftop Bars.”
6. See Some Live Music
As Memphis is a city built and known for it’s deep musical history, you can’t expect anything less than good live music during the hot Summer months. In June, The Levitt Shell, an outdoor amphitheater, begins its free Summer Concert Series where people can lay out blankets and listen to music in Overton Park in Midtown. You can also find live music in basically every neighborhood in town. From blues on Beale Street to rock-n-roll at Minglewood Hall, walking into Memphis is like stumbling upon a stampede of sound.
7. Go to a Ball Game
If you love baseball, then you’d definitely love a Memphis Redbirds Game, the official MiLB team of the St. Louis Cardinals. Played right in the heart of downtown at AutoZone park, tickets start at only five dollars and guarantee you a day of good fun, food, and drinks. Around every corner of the stadium you can find a fresh Memphis BBQ stand. And on Saturday nights in the Summer, you can expect rocking fireworks shows to the tune of different music genres and themes.
8. Walk Down the Mighty Mississippi
Lastly, if you want to enjoy a nice walk with some good scenery, take a stroll down the Mississippi River through Tom Lee Park downtown. You can even stop by and take a ride on one of an Authentic American Riverboat Cruise down the river by stopping at Beale Street Landing at the end of the park.
So, whether you choose a fun restaurant in Midtown, listen to blues on Beale Street, or go visit the animals at the Zoo, it’s guaranteed you will have something to do in Memphis this Summer.