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Family Fun

Children's Museum of Memphis

Set up like a miniature city, with a bank, fire station, grocery store, and skyscraper. Newer exhibits include Going Places, which showcases an airplane cockpit and flight simulator, and Art Smart Gallery with its visual and performing arts. 2525 Central, 320-3170

The Fire Museum of Memphis

Features simulated fires, a teaching room of interactive exhibits, and a play area with full-sized trucks and sliding pole. 118 Adams, 320-5650

Memphis Zoo

Home to polar bears, bald eagles, and more — the zoo also includes Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Dragon's Lair, Animals of the Night, Teton Trek, and CHINA, home to two giant pandas. 2000 Prentiss Place (Overton Park), 276-9453

Memphis Music

Beale Street

World-renowned thoroughfare, home to Hard Rock Cafe, B.B. King's Blues Club, and other bars offering live music nightly. Also features A. Schwab, a century-old dry-goods store; W.C. Handy's home; and gift and novelty shops.

Graceland Mansion

Elvis Presley's home from 1957 until his death. Tours cover the house, racquetball building, Elvis' vintage car collection, huge assortment of trophies and gold records, the "Lisa Marie" jet, and much more. 3734 Elvis Presley, 332-3322

Memphis Rock 'N' Soul Museum

Presents a history of Memphis music using rare film footage, old photos, vintage jukeboxes, stage costumes, and a customized tour of various musical eras. 191 Beale, Plaza at FedExForum, 205-2533

Soulsville USA and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music

A 17,000-square-foot soul-music museum on the site of the former Stax Records, where stars such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett got their start. Showcases some 2,000 artifacts, including Hayes' 1972 Cadillac El Dorado. 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL

Sun Studio

Elvis rocked the world in 1954 at the studio founded by Sam Phillips. Displayed at Sun are memorabilia of Presley and other music legends, such as Carl Perkins, B.B. King, and Jerry Lee Lewis. 706 Union, 521-0664

Museums of Culture

and History

Memphis Pink Palace Museum

Built as home to Piggly Wiggly founder Clarence Saunders, the pink stone mansion is now a regional museum of local history, culture, medicine, music, and natural science. It also houses a state-of-the-art planetarium and an IMAX theater. 3050 Central, 320-6320

National Civil Rights Museum

Illustrates key moments in civil rights history, such as the March on Washington and the Montgomery bus boycott. Also includes the boarding house from which James Earl Ray shot Martin Luther King in 1968 and features an exhibit of previously classified documents and evidence. 450 Mulberry, 521-9699

The Great Outdoors

Lichterman Nature Center

Explore nature trails lined with native plants and trees or visit the center's backyard wildlife center, native-plant greenhouse, and amphitheater. 5992 Quince, 767-7322

Memphis Botanic Garden

Water lilies bloom in the Sensory Garden, one of many attractions at this suburban oasis. At the center is the Japanese Garden of Tranquility with its lake and arching red bridge. The Botanic Garden hosts summer concerts featuring such entertainers as Earth, Wind, & Fire, the B-52s, and Jewel.

750 Cherry, 685-1566

The Mississippi River

Major events are held on the river each year, including the Memphis in May Sunset Symphony. Winding above the Father of Waters is the bluffwalk, a pedestrian walkway with panoramic views.

Shelby Farms

Visitors can rent pavilions and paddleboats; fish in lakes stocked with catfish, crappie, bream, and bass; or simply enjoy walking, jogging, or biking. Also within the 4,500-acre park is Ducks Unlimited's international headquarters, which boasts a scenic waterfowl propagation lake. 7161 Mullins Station, 382-2249

Tunica RiverPark

The Tunica RiverPark features a museum with exhibits on the Delta and four aquariums with river life. There's also a nature trail and an observation deck that has a stunning view of the Mississippi River. In addition, guests can board the Delta Queen, which offers four cruises daily. One RiverPark Drive, 866-51-RIVER.

GAMING

Southland Park Gaming and Racing

The world's largest greyhound racing facility, with "instant racing" machines and slot machines. 1550 Ingram, West Memphis, 735-3670

Tunica Casinos

The gambling center of the Mid-South, located just 30 miles from Memphis down Highway 61, Tunica County is home to glitzy casinos, which boast hotels, restaurants, gift shops, dance pavilions, and big-name entertainment.

Bally's Casino Tunica, 800-382-2559

The Fitz, Fitzgeralds Casino/Hotel, 800-766-5825

Gold Strike Casino Resort, 888-245-7829

Harrah's Tunica, 800-946-4946

Hollywood Casino, 800-871-0711

Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, 800-303-7463

Resorts Tunica, 662-363-7777

Sam's Town Casino, 800-456-0711

Tunica Roadhouse, 800-391-3777

Only in Memphis

The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange

Relates the story of the cotton industry and its influence on a city that remains the epicenter of worldwide cotton trading.

65 Union, 531-7826

Mud Island River Park

Special features are the River Walk and the River Museum, which showcases artifacts of life on the Mississippi. 125 N. Front, 576-7241

Woodruff-Fontaine House

Built in the 1870s with stunning architectural details, this French Victorian mansion displays period textiles, furnishings, and Victorian clothing. 680 Adams, 526-1469

SPORTS

Professional Sports

Memphis Grizzlies

888-HOOP, nba.com/grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies are an NBA team that plays at FedExForum.

Memphis Redbirds

721-6000, memphisredbirds.com

The Redbirds are a triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and play home games at AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis.

Mississippi RiverKings

662-342-1755, riverkings.com

The RiverKings are members of the Central Hockey League and the affiliate team of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The season runs from October to April. The RiverKings play their home games at the DeSoto Civic Center.

College Sports

Christian Brothers University

321-3378

They're the Buccaneers, with women's and men's teams in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and track.

LeMoyne-Owen College

942-7327

The LeMoyne-Owen Magicians compete in both women's and men's basketball.

Rhodes College

843-3940

The Lynx compete in soccer, field hockey, football, volleyball, swimming, basketball, baseball, softball, and more.

Southwest Tennessee Community College

333-5143

The Southwest Saliquis include women's and men's basketball, baseball, and softball.

University of Memphis

678-2461, gotigersgo.com

The Tigers compete in football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, track and field, and more.

Parks and Recreation Offices:

Memphis Division of Park Services (MDPS): 576-4200

North Zone: 2893 N. Watkins, 353-9532

East Zone: 4585 Willow, 767-4580

West Zone: 4376 Horn Lake, 789-5665

Germantown Parks and Recreation: 757-7375

Germantown Youth Athletic Association (GYAA): 754-4922

Germantown Athletic Club: 757-7370

Collierville Parks and Recreation: 457-2770

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