10 Things To Do When Moving to Memphis

10 Things To Do When Moving to Memphis


There’s a good reason why media outlets like Travel Channel and Trip Savvy continue to rank Memphis as one of the top destinations in the nation to visit. The home of the blues and rock & roll is more than just a great music city – it’s also home to world-class barbecue, historic landmarks, and plenty of one-of-a-kind entertainment venues that you won’t find anywhere else in the nation. With that in mind, here are 10 things to do when moving to Memphis.


#1: Go on a riverboat tour of the Mississippi


Celebrate Memphis as your new home by going on a dinner cruise riverboat tour along the Mississippi. Take in the Instagram-worthy skyline and start to get your bearings in the city.


#2: Sample the best barbecue in the South


Every long-time resident of Memphis has his or her favorite BBQ spot. There are more than 100 in the city, so you have plenty of options. One favorite that’s been profiled by the Food Network and the Travel Channel is Central BBQ, justly famous for its slow smoked Memphis-style ribs and pulled pork.


#3: Take in the local music scene


Memphis is a music city, first and foremost, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of live entertainment venues in the city, especially along Beale Street. The Beale Street Music Festival is a must-see event for anyone new to Memphis.


#4: Go on a tour of Graceland

OK, did you really think we’d mention Memphis without paying tribute to Elvis Presley? Within the first few months of arriving, you’ll want to go on a tour of Graceland and soak in the history of this musical icon.


#5: Take young family members to the Memphis Zoo


There are many exhibits here, but the standouts are the panda bears. Enough said. Memphis is one of only four cities in the nation with these adorable animals.


#6: Check out the city’s thriving arts scene


Memphis has a newfound sense of energy these days, and a big reason for that is the dynamism of the local arts scene. One go-to destination for great art is the Broad Avenue Arts District, which also has a lot of boutique shops. And if Impressionist artwork is your style, you’ll definitely want to head over to the Dixon Gallery & Gardens.


#7: Cheer on the Memphis Grizzlies


If you’re an NBA basketball fan, you’ll want to book tickets for the next available Memphis Grizzlies game at the FedExForum. This is the only professional sports team in Memphis, and the fans are justifiably proud of their hometown players.


#8: Visit the National Civil Rights Museum


This museum is unique in that it is actually the former Lorraine Hotel where the famous civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. If you want to know more about the historic role that Memphis played in the Civil Rights movement, this is the place to go.


#9: Hang out all day at The Pyramid


There is a huge 321-foot tall pyramid in Memphis that is more than just a stunning architectural addition to the city’s skyline – it’s also home to a vast entertainment complex operated by Bass Pro Shops that includes an aquarium, museum, bowling alley, archery range, restaurant and hotel.


#10: Spend a day at the Pink Palace Museum


Explore the cultural side of Memphis by checking out the city’s top museum dedicated to science and natural history. The Pink Palace, located on a palatial estate on the eastern edge of the city, is part of the city’s acclaimed Family of Museums.


There’s a lot to do, see and hear in Memphis. After moving here, you’ll want to experience everything Memphis has to offer and acquaint yourself with the city’s remarkable historical and cultural legacy.