The zoo. Museums. Historic sites. The studios where some of the most memorable songs of all time were recorded. Bike paths. The botanical garden. The mighty Mississippi River. One thing’s for sure: There’s a lot to see and do in Bluff City.

Memphis truly offers something for everyone, which means you’re going to want to maximize every minute of your visit—whether you’re looking to take a walk (or ride) on the wild side or simply enjoy the sights.

Here’s a look at some of our more popular attractions:

Memphis Zoo

Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3,500 animals, and it’s one of four zoos in the US to house giant pandas. With exhibit names like “Cat Country” and “Dragon’s Lair,” it’s sure to be one of the best places to spend a day while you’re in town.

In the winter, you can take a break from admiring the animals to admire the beauty of Zoo Lights. Aside from the twinkling holiday lights, you can skate on Memphis’ only outdoor, tented skating rink.

If year-round fun, visiting with giraffes, hippos and grizzlies (the animals, not the NBA team) sound like something you’d enjoy, make sure to visit the Memphis Zoo.

Get active in the green spaces

There are more than 165 green spaces and parks in Memphis. Yes, you read that correctly: 165. In fact, Memphis is home to Shelby Farms Park, one of the country’s largest urban parks, the historic Overton Park, and so much more.

Some are tree-lined, others are surrounded by water. Some offer organized opportunities to get active, others offer opportunities for autonomous enjoyment of the fresh southern air.

Whether you’re looking to practice yoga in the park, play some Frisbee with friends or meditate alone, you’re never far from a fabulous park in Memphis.

Make your way to the Mississippi

Interested in checking out the longest river in the country? How about making your way down to Beale Street Landing, where you’ll find a 400-foot-long floating riverboat dock? Of course, you can always make like Mark Twain and hop on a riverboat – day or night – for breathtaking views of the muddy river and stories about how it shaped the Bluff City.

While Memphis is always changing and expanding, one thing remains the same: the mighty Mississippi.

If you’re in Memphis, you’d be remiss not to spend a little time by the river.

So much history (music and otherwise)

Few cities can claim to have helped shape the country’s social and cultural consciousness as much as Memphis.

After all, we’re the birthplace of the blues, the home of rock ‘n’ roll and the epicenter of the civil rights movement. We’re proud of our history—and you’ll see that pride at local museums that honor our past, celebrate hard-fought victories and memorialize those who truly changed the world for the better.

Check out Graceland, Sun Studio, the Stax Museum of Soul Music, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, the Memphis Blues Hall of Fame and the National Civil Rights Museum, to name but a few.

All of our attractions offer exceptional opportunities to honor and remember so much of what makes up the soul of Memphis.

Shopping

Who doesn’t love a little shopping while on vacation? Lucky for you, Memphis offers an array of opportunities to find whatever it is you’re looking for.

Memphis is experiencing a Maker Movement and was even named a “Maker City” by Etsy. This make it easier than ever to find local crafts and goods, all coming from the vibrant arts community in Memphis. Be sure to drop by the neighborhood boutiques that offer a variety of unique arts, furniture, clothing and more.

While you’re out shopping, it’s hard to miss the Bass Pro Shop and Big Cypress Lodge at the Pyramid, featuring a giant aquarium filled with 600,000 gallons of water and more than 1,800 fish, a cypress swamps that’s home to alligators and an observation deck that sits 32 stories in the air.

But wait, there’s (much) more!

By now, you can see why it’s such a shame that there aren’t more hours in the day—especially when you’re in Memphis.

But this list is only the beginning.

Memphis offers something for everyone, so why not plan your perfect itinerary at MemphisTravel.com?