Try to Think About Elvis, Memphis, and Family Fun!

My hometown, Memphis, is going through a major transformation. Hopefully, COVID is on its way out the door. Although it seems to be saying a “Southern Goodbye.” You know the kind, where you say goodbye 20 different times but still have more to talk about and can’t quite get through the door. I thought it might be a good idea to stay local and to talk about family-friendly things that you can do around town… in Memphis, Tennessee!

The Memphis Zoo

Lions, Tigers, and Bears, oh my! One of my favorite places to visit on a Saturday afternoon is the Memphis zoo. Even if you can’t get out, you can still take a break to watch some of the animals on the live feed.

Cost: Adults $18 , Children $13 (12 and under) , and Seniors $17 (60+) – Parking is $5 per car
Zoo Membership – These are the best deal if you live nearby because you get free parking, free admission for everyone listed on the card and you can use it an unlimited number of times throughout the year.

The Pink Palace

The Pink Georgia limestone that the house was named after.

This is one of the most unusual mansions in the world. The science museum itself is pretty cool too. Featuring your typical animal/dinosaur exhibits, rock formations, a planetarium, and of course the famous shrunken head and a large trophy polar bear. Inside the museum is a must-see exhibit. A hand-carved Clyde Parke Miniature Circus. The museum turns it on at certain times during the day, so that visitors can see it move.

Here is a very brief history. Clarence Saunders, a local Memphis business tycoon, and founder of the Piggly Wiggly grocery store built this house in the early1922’s. Saunders lost his fortune in an epic battle with the New York Stock Exchange and construction was stopped. The home, constructed of pink Georgia limestone, was to feature a large entry hall with a pipe organ, a ballroom, an indoor swimming pool, a shooting gallery, a bowling alley, and eight bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom. Sadly, the home wound up in the hands of creditors and the family never lived in it. Later, the mansion became a donation to the City of Memphis. The city donated $150,000 to finish the construction and to open it as a museum of natural history.

Exhibits only
Members – Free
$10.00-CHILD (3-12), $14.00-SENIOR (60+), $15.00-ADULT (13-59), Children 2 and under – FREE

Exhibits and Planetarium  
$14.00-CHILD (3-12), $19.00-SENIOR (60+), $21.00-ADULT (13-59)

Exhibits and Giant Screen Theater Documentary Movie
$16.00-CHILD (3-12), $21.00-SENIOR (60+), $23.00-ADULT (13-59)

Exhibits, Giant Screen Theater Documentary Film and Planetarium 
$21.00-CHILD (3-12), $27.00-SENIOR (60+), $30.00-ADULT (13-59)

Exhibits and Planetarium  
$14.00-CHILD (3-12), $19.00-SENIOR (60+), $21.00-ADULT (13-59)

Exhibits and Giant Screen Theater Documentary Movie
$16.00-CHILD (3-12), $21.00-SENIOR (60+), $23.00-ADULT (13-59)

Exhibits, Giant Screen Theater Documentary Film and Planetarium 
$21.00-CHILD (3-12), $27.00-SENIOR (60+), $30.00-ADULT (13-59)

Sun Studios

Photo Credit: Frederic Barriol via Unsplash

Known as the “Birthplace of the Blues,” Sun Studios gave many of the greats the opportunities to share their craft! Johnny Cash, Elvis, Carl Perkins, BB King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, etc. Sun Studio was opened in 1950 with the specific intention of capturing the sound of Beale Street.

It remains an active recording studio today. Maroon 5, John Mellencamp, and other musicians use the space to record their latest tunes. You can tour the studio in the second half of every hour. It also includes a gift shop and there is a shuttle between the Studio and Graceland.

Adult tickets: $15
$2 Discount for Students, Military, and AAA
Children 5-11: FREE

**PLEASE NOTE** – children under the age of 5 are not permitted on the guided tour. Contact a staff member for more details.

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