10 Things You Must Do In Memphis

10 Things You Must Do In Memphis

There's more to Memphis than music fest and barbecue.

With so many different things to do in Memphis, it can be hard to figure out what to do. So here's a list of local favorites for you to chose from!

1. Memphis Pyramid

The Memphis Pyramid is a Memphis staple. In the recent years, it was turned into a bass pro shop and it's huge. Inside there's water that some of the boats float in. A sky deck that looks over the river, which is a really good place to have a few pictures taken. A restaurant, bowling alley, fudge shop, and real alligators.

2. Harbor Town

Another cool place to go see is harbor town. Harbor town has cute restaurants and shops. Harbor town is in the middle of the Mississippi river, and it’s the best place to catch some sun and hang out by the river.

3. Local Eats

Memphis is known for Barbecue, but that’s not all we have here. In fact, we have a lot of different places that are really good and only here. Huey’s is a burger place that every Memphian has been to. Muddy’s Bake Shop is one of the best places to get some cupcakes if you have a sweet tooth. If you want some coffee, Café Eclectic is the place to go. A few other local places are Kooky Canuck, Gibson’s Donuts, Chings, Dyers and many more.

4. I love Memphis Mural

The I love Memphis mural is something most Memphians have taken at least one picture with. In the heart of Cooper Young you can take prom pictures, senior pictures, or just randomly stop by and take pictures with it. No one will judge you because it’s a Memphis thing.

5. Shelby Farms

Shelby Farms is the outdoor place to go. There’s a pretty lake, which you rent a boat or bring your own. Also, there are several playgrounds for children to play on, and horse rides. They also to do holiday themed attractions like spooky nights and starry nights.

6. The Malco Drive-In

On summer nights, if you don’t feel like spending time in a movie theater, you can just go watch a movie at the drive-in. With three different big screens, snacks, and your car, you can have a night to remember. You can also act like you are in the 1980’s since its such vintage thing to do.

7. Memphis Zoo

The Memphis zoo is one of the best in the country. From elephants to pandas to sea lions, there’s something for the entire family to see. The zoo isn’t free, but on Tuesday if you are a Tennessee resident you can go for free! They have professional pictures, really cool gift shops, and they even host a lot of the proms. If you’re feeling hot, just kick off your shoes and put your feet in the wade pool, or grab some ice cream. In December, they have zoo lights and ice skating, they even have fake snow when you first walk in!

8. Graceland

Memphis is the home of Graceland! Thousands of Elvis Presley fans travel to Memphis, Tennessee just to visit Graceland. You can visit his house, which has a kidney shaped swimming pool, you can see his planes, his wardrobe, the meditation garden, and cemetery. You can even stay at the Graceland guest house.

9. Overton Square

Overton Square is the heart of Midtown. With lots of different murals to take pictures with, it’s definitely one of the best places to see. It has a lot of different restaurants, bars, and cute little shops. It’s also home to Overton Park, our biggest park. Overton Square also hosts many different things like the crawfish festival, Greek festival, and the Italian Festival. So whether you’re looking for a night out or a family day, Overton Square is just the right place.

10. Beale Street

Beale Street is what Memphis is known for, with bars, restaurants, and shops, it’s the place to be all week long. During the day it’s a great place for your family and at night, it’s a perfect night out with your friends or date night because there’s something for everyone.

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Why You Should Visit New Orleans

There's more to the city than just Mardi Gras

For my last Spring Break, I decided to do something a little special and venture outside of New Jersey for the week. My friend and I packed our bags, but instead of heading to Florida like many college students, we headed to the Big Easy. While NOLA may not have a beach of its own, there's plenty of other reasons why this trip was so memorable and amazing.

1. The food was amazing!

From gumbo and jambalaya to Caribbean taquerias, New Orleans has so much to offer in the way of flavor and food. And much to my surprise, they had plenty of options for vegetarian, vegan, an gluten free diets.

2. The architecture was beautiful.

The unique architecture of the city will pull your eye in and make it really hard to look away. Picturesque and gorgeous homes litter the streets of the city, especially in the Garden District.

3. Cemeteries

Since the city is mostly below the water table, and due to the influence of the Spanish, many cemeteries in New Orleans feature the unique concept of above ground burials. You can visit the tomb of Marie Laveau and the tomb purchased by actor Nicholas Cage (who is notoriously obsessed with New Orleans).

4. Voodoo and Hauntings

Speaking of Marie Laveau, New Orleans is special because you can explore the world of voodoo in an area where Caribbean and Catholic influences alike contributed to this unique culture. Visiting one of the most haunted cities in America opens up doors for lovers of all that is creepy-- you can go on ghost tours and visit the sites of some of the most gruesome murders and notoriously haunted establishments.

5. Drinking on Bourbon Street

Walking up and down Bourbon Street is an experience in and of itself. The only rule about carrying alcohol on the streets of New Orleans is no glass bottles. Other than that, its open range for walking the streets with the crazy cocktails Bourbon Street has to offer.

6. Jazz on Frenchmen Street

Jazz is one of the first things I think of when I think of New Orleans. Its hard to walk around the city without hearing the soulful sound of a saxophone or trombone. On Frenchmen Street, you'll find more of a local vibe where bars have open doors and jazz bands playing almost 24/7.

7. Shopping at the French Market

Although a bit overwhelming, you'll find almost anything you could need from trinkets to food to cocktails from the various vendors in the French Market.

8. Steamboat tours on the Mississippi

One of the best ways to tour the city is on the Mighty Mississippi. Grab a cocktail, some authentic Creole food, and watch the sights pass you by.

9. A Huge Casino (with a nightclub).

Enough said. Central to many areas of the city is a Harrah's Casino with their own nightclub, Masquerade. If you aren't afraid of your wallet being mad at you, go spend an evening at the casino.

10. Festivals and Parades.

I was lucky enough to catch the Top Taco Festival during my visit, and it was one of the best nights of the trip. A ticket got me endless tacos, tequila, and cocktail tasters, and the vendors were very accommodating to the fact that I was vegetarian.

11. Beignets and Cafe Au Lait

If you didn't get Beignets and Cafe Au Lait at Cafe Du Monde, did you even go to New Orleans? And don't you dare say it is the same as donuts and coffee, because it just isn't. If you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further.

12. The Restaurants and Shops on Magazine Street

A little different and more laid back than the French Market, this is a must visit area of New Orleans. The Rum House has some of the best cocktails and tacos you'll ever eat, and its worth the wait for a table.

13. Explore a city with a very rich history.

I was blown away by the amount there was to see and learn during the day in New Orleans. From French rule to Spanish rule, to the Louisiana purchase that made New Orleans part of America, the city has seen the influence of many different cultures as well as the impact of natural disasters such as fires, floods, and Hurricane Katrina.

14. National Parks, Museums, and Art Galleries

If art, nature, or history is your thing, you will love the Big Easy. With plenty of art all around the city, Museums on Mardi Gras and World War II (just to name a few), and plenty of gorgeous parks to stroll through.

15. You'll remember it forever!

Because of all of the things listed above, New Orleans will be a place that I will never forget, and only hope I get to visit again.

Cover Image Credit: Rachel Kleinwaks

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