Downtown Memphis Sights and Activities

Downtown Memphis is one of the most interesting areas of the city, resting along the might Mississippi between Interstates 40 and 55. This area features some of the most popular activities and attractions in all of the Memphis area, offering a lively scene every single night! From enjoying a day in the park, checking out a live concert, and general sightseeing to exploring history through hotels, catching a sports game, and upscale dining, Downtown Memphis offers nearly everything you need to have a great vacation in Memphis!

Explore the area with the two-hour Historic Memphis Walking Tour, which will take you to explore sites including Cotton Row, the Magevney House, and the old Shelby County Jail. Listen to your guide as he touches topics including the Civil War, machine politics, and the music that Memphis is famous for, and how each has helped to shape the history and culture of the city! This walking tour will give guests the opportunity to explore the area and get some healthy exercise with an insightful, fun look at the city of Memphis!

Take a walk through Victorian Village, a row of homes that was built on the once outskirts of Memphis in the mid 1800s. While there are still quite a few houses left of the era, the Magevney, Mallory-Neely, and Woodruff-Fontaine Houses draw particular daily interest to the area. The Magevney House once housed the city’s first Catholic mass, wedding, and baptism, and is now contains heavy religious history of the area. For those interested in architecture, the Mallory-Neely House presents a unique Italian architectural style. And the Woodruff-Fontaine House features a number of era-specific furnishings. These open-to-the-public houses are a great stop for historical information on the area!

Another historical area in Downtown Memphis is Beale Street, which through the years has been the headquarters of Grant during the Civil War and has also been proclaimed the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll! Beale Street is the place to be for Memphis’s cultural significance, and the area houses more than two dozen different clubs and shops for partying, shopping, and sightseeing in the area. Enjoy a tasty meal at the Blues City Café for the most talked-about BBQ ribs and Southern favorites in the area. This restaurant is famous as the home of the late Chef Bonnie Mack, who brought customers back time and again with his famous recipes, so relax and enjoy a tasty meal and live entertainment in the café where Tom Cruise ate in The Firm!

Fore more historical information, travel over to the National Civil Rights Museum on Mulberry Street, where this historic landmark has turned itself into a tribute to the earth-changing Civil Rights Movement. In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on a balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, where this museum now stands, ensuring that at least part of Dr. King’s dream would come true! Enjoy exhibits covering events from 1619 to the present day, including Little Rock, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, Booker T. Washington, the Assassination of Dr. King, and much more!

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