If Blues and Barbecue are what brought you to Memphis, you'll be in high cotton - though maybe a shade surprised. We've still go the blues, but Memphis gives voice to all music styles, from Beale Street riffs to open-air symphonies to neighborhood bars with indie spirit. We still love pork, too, but our chefs are championing heritage breeds (and the local bounty) to secure Memphis' place on the national culinary scene.
Beyond these signature draws, Memphis is also art, urban playgrounds, home teams and history, from the might Mississippi River to the gates of Graceland. Come visit the South, Remixed!
What's New in Memphis
Beale Street Landing and American Queen Steamboat
Think of it as the best seat in the house for viewing the Mississippi. The riverfront Beale Street Landing complex encompasses grassy look-outs for river-watching or running, a boat dock and an eye-catching central building where you’ll be able to dine, drink, shop and meet.
Beale Street Landing is also home port for the American Queen steamboat, the only authentic overnight paddle-wheeler in the country. Excursions aboard this Victorian-styled beauty have become so popular, she’s added several stops in Memphis for 2013, including Civil War- and Southern Culture-themed jaunts.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music Marks 10 Years
Although it celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2013, Stax continues to honor a music legacy more than a half-century in the making.
Bass Pro at the Pyramid
At the north end of downtown, Memphis' famous Pyramid - once home to the Memphis Grizzlies - will become home to Bass Pro Shops in late 2013. Not your ordinary outdoor store, this massive Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World complex will feature a restaurant, aquarium and ziplines, as well as a new 200-room hotel and marina on the banks of the Mississippi.
The Children's Museum of Memphis Gets Even Cooler
Opening in Spring 2013, a new 7,731-square-foot Water Splash Park will feature play areas, 40 sprayers and a water-operated organ that plays like a piano.
A Great New Way to Get Around Town
Looking for a unique experience? Get off the bus and onto a personal Segway where you can weave through town as a guide entertains you with trivia and insights. memphissegwaytours.com
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