08/11/2011 12:34 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2011

Family Vacations in Memphis: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Family vacations in Memphis can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters -- it all depends on pre-trip homework. To make planning easier, we've done all the preparation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on traveling with children, here are recommended attractions for those planning Memphis family vacations.


The former Memphis home of Elvis Presley, Graceland is the city's No. 1 tourist attraction. The 23-room colonial-style home sits on 13.8 acres and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can take a variety of tours, including the main house, Elvis' car museum, and the estate's stables and grounds.

Address: 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN 38116
Phone: 901-332-3322
Hours: Hours change every two months. Check the Graceland website for current information.
Price: Adults, $31; seniors (62+), $27.90; students and children 3 to 18, $27.90; children 7 to 12, $14; children 6 and younger, free

Children's Museum of Memphis

Located in midtown Memphis, the Children's Museum of Memphis features 24 interactive educational exhibits. Among the highlights are City Friends, where kids can climb aboard a real fire truck and jump on a police motorcycle; Going Places, with a flight simulator and almost real cockpit; and WaterWorks, a 50-foot model of the Mississippi River.

Address: 2525 Central Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: 901- 458-2678
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: $10; infants under 1, free

Pink Palace Museum

Housed in the former residence of the founder of the Piggly Wiggly grocery stores, the Pink Palace Museum is a mix of natural and local history with a dash of pop culture. Exhibits include a replica of the first Piggy Wiggly store (America's first self-serve grocery store), dinosaur bones, Confederate military uniforms and Native American pottery, just to name a few.

Address: 3050 Central Ave., Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 901-320-6320
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Price: Adults, $9.75; seniors (60+), $9.25; children 3 to 12, $6.25

Mississippi River Cruises

No trip to Memphis would be complete without a cruise down the Mississippi River. Memphis Riverboats offers 90-minute-long narrated sightseeing cruises with tales of Mark Twain and the history of the Mississippi.

Address: 45 S. Riverside Dr., Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 800-221-6197
Hours: Cruise departs at 2:30 p.m. March through November; boarding begins at 1:30 p.m.
Price: Adults, $20; seniors (60+), military, college students and children 3 to 17, $17; children 4 to 12, $10

Sun Studio

B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis all recorded at Sun Studio, the Memphis recording studio that claims to be the birthplace of rock and roll. Today, the studio is a National Historic Landmark and visitors can tour the facility and view artifacts and memorabilia from Sun's heyday.

Address: 706 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-521-0664
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: Adults, $12; children 5 to 11, free; children under 5 are not admitted

The Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo opened more than 100 years ago, but the 76-acre park is anything but stodgy. Located in midtown Memphis, the zoo features more than 3,500 animals of 500 species. Highlights include a recreation of the environments of Yellowstone Park in Teton Trek, and a giant panda and his friends in "China."

Address: 2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis, TN 38112
Phone: 901-333-6500
Hours: March through October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November through February, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: Adults, $15; seniors (60+), $14; children 2 to 11, $10; children 1 and younger, free

The Peabody Ducks

The Peabody Ducks have become synonymous with the city of Memphis. Each day at 11 a.m. at the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, the five Peabody Ducks depart their rooftop abode for the hotel's lobby fountain amid much fanfare. At 5 p.m., after a full day of fun in the fountain, the ducks are escorted back to the elevator and back to their rooftop home. It's free fun for the whole family.

Address: 149 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-529-4000
Hours: Daily at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Price: Free

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