9 Most Romantic Places in Memphis

“Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad… Let’s stay together!” #AlGreen

Whether you’re planning an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, a special anniversary, or even a mini-vacay to reignite the passion, romance is always in the air in Memphis—if you know where to look.

Here is a list of the most romantic places in Memphis, all guaranteed to ignite some sparks:

  • Atop the Bluff Walk: Really, any spot where the views include the Mississippi River are romantic. But the Bluff Walk high above Riverside Drive is a long stretch filled with people out for evening strolls and runs. Grab a bench and watch the river gently flow by.
  • Beale Street Historic District: Beale became the home of the blues at the turn of the 20th century – a waypoint along the trail from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago. Today, the clubs and restaurants on Beale proper still move to the beat of the blues. The FedEx Forum – home to the NBA’s Grizzlies – sits just off Beale, and a variety of hotels, museums and eateries are within a short walk from the famous street.
  • Dixon Gallery and Gardens: Since 1976, this museum has housed a spectacular Impressionist collection including Degas, Monet and Pisarro, and the collection of art is rivaled only by the gorgeous gardens surrounding what was once one of Memphis’ finest estates. 
  • Memphis Botanic Garden: With almost 100 acres of gardens set in the middle of East Memphis, there’s something for any lover of the outdoors at MBG, including the serenity of a Japanese garden, a huge herb garden, and a sensory garden. With a myriad of picnic tables and spaces, a natural play structure, a cabin, and plenty of colorful flowers and plants. 
  • Memphis Riverboat Cruises: Board an authentic paddlewheel riverboat cruise with Memphis Riverboats at Beale Street Landing. As the boat moves gently along the Mississippi River under the massive bridge, that’s the perfect time for a kiss.
  • Memphis Zoo: The Memphis Zoo is consistently rated one of the top zoos in the country, both for its breadth of exhibits in an easy-to-navigate layout and for the sheer fact that one can get pretty close to the animals in almost every habitat. With giant pandas from China, a Teton ecosystem replete with grizzly bears and wolves, and a Northwest Passage habitat filled with polar bears and river otters, this is a top-notch zoo that will enchant both kids and their parents. 
  • The Peabody Rooftop: Ride up the elevator to the top of The Peabody Memphis and walk out to the rooftop where more than a few wedding proposals have occurred. You don’t have to go to the top to get on one knee; a romantic kiss overlooking Downtown Memphis will do just fine.
  • Pyramid Observation Deck: Having an observation deck at the top of the Pyramid has been a city dream since the arena opened in 1991. It became a reality when the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid opened in April 2014. 
  • The Wolf River Greenway: The Wolf River Greenway runs through Memphis and Germantown, and is part of the longer Greater Memphis Greenline that will eventually connect Collierville to downtown Memphis. The Wolf runs along the Wold River, and includes a wide paved path for non-motorized activity. 

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