Summer’s heating up fast, and so is Memphis on Memorial Day weekend, the “official” kick-off to humid summer nights and the highly renowned southern barbecue season. If you’re an adult couple, single, or traveling with friends, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in a relaxing, fun atmosphere on Beale Street in hopping downtown Memphis.
Savor the south’s finest barbecue at world-famous Rendezvous, the only place you can get a plate of ribs in the same restaurant where the Princes of England recently dined. Take a stroll down the cobbled street, and listen to blues wafting through the gentle breeze. Stop by B.B. King’s for wings, an adult beverage, and more rich bluesy sounds. Food, drinks, and music galore awaits you near the mighty Mississippi River on Beale.
If you’re a family, or a kid at heart, be sure to stop at the Pink Palace for a learning experience like no other! See exhibits, including a replica of the original Piggly Wiggly, and lay back and gaze at the stars in the planetarium. The Pink Palace Museum is running a special through the month of May. Sign up on their website for a free summer membership, and walk in the doors for free during memorial day weekend.
Another excellent option for families is the Memphis Zoo, voted #1 in the nation by voters online. Here you will find a temporary exhibit, called Stingray Bay, where for only $4 per person, you can watch, interact with, and even pet stingrays! Then head over to see the giant pandas, one of only three locations in the United States where they can be viewed. Stop at your pick of food trucks and stands for ice cones, face paint, cheeseburgers, cotton candy, foot long corn dogs, and ballpark-style nachos with a refreshing drink.
Whatever you choose to do in Memphis during Memorial Day weekend, be it walking Beale Street in your blue suede shoes, savoring the nation’s best barbecue spaghetti, learning about history at The Pink Palace, or visiting the wondrous array of animals at the Memphis Zoo, you’re certain to have a blast and create memories that will last a lifetime.