Many people associate Memphis with Beale Street and the blues. And, it is a fun, fabulous street to visit, not just for the music, but for the history and the food. We do not recommend that you take your young ones there during the evening hours. However, there is plenty to see and do during the day that is appropriate.
If rap or rock music is your teen’s thing, then take them on visits to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Sun Studio. There, they will discover just exactly how early blues, rock and soul became the music they’re now listening to and loving.
At Sun Studios, you can actually see some of the original instruments used in the early days of Rock ‘N Roll by such artists as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others. Santa Craig even tried his hand at singing – better keep delivering toys, Santa!
Sun Studio is within five minutes from Beale Street. Info can be found at www.sunstudio.com
Stax is conveniently located between Downtown Memphis and Graceland (home of Elvis Presley). Check their website at www.staxmuseum.com
Children of all ages will enjoy the Peabody Hotel’s ducks. Every day, they come down from their penthouse and parade to the lobby fountain, where they swim all day until it’s time to parade “home”. For further information, visit www.peabodymemphis.com
And for your younger ones, don’t miss The Children’s Museum of Memphis. See the newly-restored 1909 Memphis Grand Carousel, and create memorable learning experiences through the joy of play in hands-on exhibits and programs. Not your usual museum! More info can be found at CMOM.com
Just 65 miles NE of Memphis (or 16 miles NW of Jackson TN), you’ll find the Tennessee Safari Park. Open all year, have an adventure right in your vehicle, as you travel a 5 1/2 mile safari. See and feed hundreds of animals, then make your way to the walk-thru zoo to see the primates, birds, foxes and many rare plants.
Happy Adventure Hunting!
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