The Memphis Culture
The primary draw of tourism to Memphis is the rich culture and history that we have throughout the city. From the city’s founding in the 1800s to the dawn of rock ‘n roll to the Civil Rights Movement, the layered and complex stories Memphis tells are fascinating. To explore the Memphis culture more, we invite you to check out some of our favorite Memphis landmarks.
Memphis’ history can be explored in many of the amazing museums around town. One of the most popular destinations is the National Civil Rights Museum. This museum is located at the old Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. The location is an important memorial for both Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement as a whole.
The history of Memphis as a river town and for its commerce can be explored at the Mud Island River Park Museum, the Cotton Museum, Beale Street, and even at Memphis’ famed Peabody Hotel. There are stories around every corner, and there is so much to learn throughout downtown Memphis.
You can’t come to Memphis and not think of music, right? Home to music history’s greatest musicians – from B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Al Green, Elvis Presley, Justin Timberlake, and so many more – there is a deep appreciation for all forms of music here.
Take tours of favorite music landmarks such as Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Sun Studios, the Stax Museum, the Rock ‘n Soul Museum, the Blues Hall of Fame, and many more.
In addition to learning about our music history, there are also plenty of places to see live music around town. There are plenty of fun bars that host local musicians, like Lafayette’s in Midtown, and larger venues that host nationally-known artists, like the FedEx Forum, Minglewood Hall, and the Orpheum.
Plus, Memphis festivals like the annual Beale Street Music Festival, Cooper Young Festival, Crawfish Festival, the new Mempho Fest at Shelby Farms, and so many more offer opportunities to experience Memphis music today. In the summer, music comes alive in the city with free concerts at Levitt Shell, popular acts during the Memphis Botanic Garden’s Live at the Garden series, and even outdoor symphonic concerts from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Memphis is home to world-class visual and performing arts centers. For fine art, visit the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, both of which have stunning collections from around the world.
Local art galleries showcase some of the best artists in town. On the last Friday of each month, downtown Memphis hosts Trolley Night, where all of the businesses and art galleries are open for guests to explore.
The performing arts bring something for all tastes and interests. Ballet Memphis has recently built a new center in Midtown, and we are excited for all the changes that will come. Staples like Opera Memphis, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Playhouse on the Square have been built into the fabric of Memphis’ arts culture.
Traveling performances frequent the gorgeous Orpheum Theatre in downtown Memphis. Their new Halloran Centre is another spot for performances, concerts, movies, and more.
Memphis with Kids
Moving to Memphis with a family? You’re in luck – Memphis is home to so many wonderful spots, just for kids.
The nationally-celebrated Memphis Zoo is truly an adventure, with so many exhibits and animals to explore. Some of our favorites include the pandas and the hippos!
The Children’s Museum of Memphis will keep your child coming back again and again to play. The Pink Palace Museum blends science and history in an exciting way, giving kids an appreciation for the world around them.
The Memphis Botanic Garden, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and the Lichterman Nature Center all offer outdoor fun geared towards kids. Parks like Shelby Farms and Overton Park have great playgrounds that kids love. The Art Center and the Brooks Museum of Art give hands-on learning experiences through art, allowing kids to explore their creativity.
The Memphis Business Life
Memphis has come a long way since its founding as a cotton and trade town. Now, we are home to some of the world’s largest companies.
FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are just a few of the big names that are in town. Many workers relocate to Memphis each year for the opportunity to work at one of these stellar organizations.
Education is also a major industry in Memphis. With the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the Southern College of Optometry, Christian Brothers University, Rhodes College, and many other schools on every level.
Smaller, local businesses are also a huge part of the Memphis way of life. Memphis is an incredibly loyal and philanthropic town, known to dedicate much of its time and money to favorite causes. Plus, many businesses and organization partner together to host fun events; one example is the FedEx St. Jude Classic, a golf tournament that draws some of the best players in the game.
Executive Lodging is another local Memphis business, which gives us the expertise to place you into an area of town you are sure to love.
The Memphis Food Scene
Barbecue may be the best-known food in Memphis – and for a good reason – but the Memphis food scene has continued to grow far beyond that. So many local restaurants and bars have opened lately, giving Memphis a new name as a “foodie destination.” Exciting new ventures by young chefs have taken fine dining to a new level.
Also, new locations are constantly being built and old spaces are being renovated. Many of Memphis’ favorite restaurants are finding a place in old restored homes, hotels, and even an old Sears department store. Breweries, outdoor bars, and food trucks are also stepping up their game.
Great food can be found in all neighborhoods, with a heavy concentration being in East Memphis, Midtown, and Downtown. Plenty of favorite local chains and hole-in-the-wall spots can be found if you know where to look. Have questions about where to eat in town? Ask us. Have questions about our favorite barbecue joints? Everyone has their own personal favorite, and we would love to tell you why our favorite is best.
The Memphis Sports Craze
Now that you are moving to Memphis, it’s time to stock up on the appropriate sports gear. Known as a basketball town, Memphis is home to the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team and the University of Memphis’ Tigers basketball teams.
Beyond these teams, there is much more to enjoy with sports. Downtown is also home to the Memphis Redbirds’ stadium, AutoZone Park, and Mississippi is home to a hockey team, the River Kings. The United Soccer League is also bringing a team to Memphis in the coming year.
As a Southern city, there is also an undeniable love for football in Memphis. Because of Memphis’ central location, fans of all teams live in the area. Some of the most popular college football teams supported here are Ole Miss, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi State.
The Great Outdoors in Memphis
Sports are not limited to just those who watch sports – Memphis is a great place to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. For golf and tennis enthusiasts, there are plenty of great clubs and courses to enjoy around town. Both of these sports also host great events each year, bringing excellent golf and tennis to the area.
Outdoor sporting such as hunting and fishing is available nearby, with expansive areas available in neighboring Mississippi and Arkansas, plus other rural areas of Tennessee. One of our favorite ways to get outside is to take advantage of Shelby Farms Park and their Greenline. Shelby Farms recently expanded their offerings at the Park, with a newly renovated lake, dog park, restaurant, and more. On the lake, you can enjoy paddle boarding, paddle boats, and kayaking – all available for rent.
The Greenline is Memphis’ huge network of outdoor trails. Perfect for bikers, runners, and walkers, the Greenline connects you throughout the city, while also giving you a secluded feel.
Downtown, the new Big River Crossing allows you to walk or bike across the Mississippi River over a bridge. Come here for amazing views of the skyline and the river. While there, stop by Tom Lee Park, where plenty of free, outdoor workout items have been placed for fitness enthusiasts to use. There’s nothing like getting exercise and waiting for a gorgeous Memphis sunrise or sunset.
All of Memphis’ neighborhoods boast their own beautiful parks, making it a great way for families to get out and enjoy our beautiful weather.
Starting a New Life in Memphis
Moving to a new city can always be filled with lots of questions, excitement, and even worry. On its own, moving is stressful enough; but navigating a new city can make it even worse.
Leave your worries to us. At Executive Lodging, we know that relocating is a big deal. That’s why our selection of temporary homes in Memphis are a great solution. Take your time to get settled, find out what you like, and then make a permanent move in your new city.
The best news is this: Memphis is a loveable, fun, and unique city. You may not know what to expect when you arrive, but you will never want to leave. We would love to tell you more about Memphis and the surrounding area. Contact us today for more information, and to tell us more about your upcoming move.