Arrived Thursday, June 27th, departed Sunday, June 30th. There were 5 in our group, celebrating our mother's 70th Birthday (4 adults, and 1 12 year-old girl). Here is what we did for the weekend: All of my reviews have been posted if you'd like to read.
When arriving in Memphis, we stopped at Elmwood Cemetery and took the 1 hour CD car tour. $10. Fantastic.
Checked into the Springhill Suites downtown, between Front Street and Madison. Location is perfect. Across from the quaint Town Square, trolley stop right out front.
I arranged (for my Mom's 70th Birthday) a horse/carriage tour with Carriage Tours. Phil, our guide, picked us up from the hotel at 5pm and we received an amazing up close, informative tour of the city. It was perfect, and a highlight of the trip. $75 for 1 hour, $45 for 30 min. (That's per carriage, not per person) Well worth the money.
Next, we took a trolley to B.B. Kings. Paid a $3 cover (for adults, kids free). Great toe-tappin, hip shakin band. My daughter loved it. We will return, but will skip the food next time.
After dinner, we hung out on Beale for awhile, walking up and down and stopped to watch The Beale Street Flippers. Fantastic! Headed back to the hotel around 10pm.
We drove to Graceland because my mother had a difficult time getting up the second step of the trolley (the night before), since she doesn't have full range of motion in her left knee. (We would later discover that not all of the trolleys are set up this way. If you have similar mobility issues and are too prideful to use the 'lift' that's available, look for the smaller trolleys where the doors are located up close to the driver, rather than the longer ones that have the doors that open in the middle of the car). Anyway, our drive to Graceland was easy and only about 15 minutes. Parking is $10. Tour was great and only about 3 hours, but we stopped for an ice cream cone.
On the way back, we stopped at Huey's (downtown) for a late lunch. We were so stuffed, we skipped dinner. Took our mother back to the hotel and walked to Beale St. Looked in all of the shops and was back by 7:30pm. My sisters went back out and listened to a band at Silky O'Sullivans. They said it was great and not too crowded. My daughter and I utilized the pool at the hotel.
Took the trolley to the Civil Rights Museum. Loved it - highly recommend! Lunch at Gus' Fried Chicken on Front Street. I'm still thinking about that chicken!!
Back to the hotel for afternoon coffee. Next, we walked to the Peabody, looked around in their many gift shops and watched the 5pm duck march. Next stop, the Madison hotel for a drink at their Skyway roof top bar. The view is breathtaking. Worth the trip!
Back to the hotel to freshen up. Took the trolley to Central BBQ for a fabulous meal, then walked to Beale St. Shopped a bit more, watched the Beale Flippers again. We had planned on sitting at Silky's again, but there was a $5 cover and no children allowed past 9:30. Right at about 10pm, my daughter had to use the restroom and no one would let her in. We walked all the way to Hooter's where they allowed her to use the facilities. There were many children about with their parents, but it was incredibly crowded and we left at 10:45 when things began to get 'racy.'
We left the hotel about 9:30, but ended up stopping at Mud Island. This was fantastic. Very interesting, just wish we would have had more time there. $4 pp for monorail ride, Mississippi replica is free. $10 for museum + monorail ride. Or take the pedestrian walk over for free. Parking is $5.
Lunch at Willie Moore's on Main St. Food just ok.
We had such a great time. Downtown Memphis is just so charming. Attractions are very reasonably priced. We're hoping to return in late September. Can't wait.
If you have any questions, I'm happy to answer if I'm able.