There's a whole lotta shakin' goin' on

Memphis is known for it's legendary music and historic landmarks, but there are tons of new spots to explore and experiences to be had. So even if you've been to Memphis before, come back and check out what's new. 

Grand Carousel

Grand Carousel at the Children's Museum

Built in 1909, the original Grand Carousel classic merry-go-round with ornate horses was hand-carved by Gustav Dentzel. In 1923 the carousel made is debut at the Memphis Fairgrounds until 1976 when it was showcased as Liberty Land's centerpiece and named to the National Register of Historic Places. Saved from being sold when Liberty Land closed in 2005, the now beautifully restored Grand Carousel returns to service in an all-new facility located next to The Children's Museum.

Old Dominick distilling equipment

Old Dominick Distillery

The fifth generation of family-owned D. Canale & Co. has brought back the Old Dominick brand, which was driven away by Prohibition in 1920. The new distillery opened just steps away from the original building where the 100-year-old story began. Take a full tour, a taste and a toast of the new spirits that are brewing in downtown Memphis. 

Walking by I Am A Man Mural

Heritage Trail Walking Tour

Take a self-guided tour on the new Memphis Heritage Trail, and celebrate the rich business, cultural and musical heritage of African-American achievement in Memphis. The Memphis Heritage Trail project brings historical tourism, urban redevelopment, and citywide pride to important public spaces.

Priscilla at Elvis Presley's Memphis

New at Graceland

With a state-of-the-art entertainment complex and a AAA Four-Diamond awarded 450-room luxury resort, this is not your mama's Graceland. The new expansions offer you an opportunity to explore the Memphis that inspired Elvis. Tour the new Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, a new  20,000 sq. ft. career museum that celebrates Elvis’ super stardom and the fully restored racquet ball court on the mansion grounds.

Crosstown Concourse

Experience a cynosure of entertainment, diversity and community with the mixed-use redevelopment of a former Sears building. The largest building in Memphis at 650,000 square feet, you'll find new restaurants, a juice bar, a nail salon, ice cream parlor, special events and more in this urban village. Look for Crosstown Brewery and a 500-seat theater to be added to the building's directory coming soon. 

Ballet dancers in Memphis

Ballet Memphis in Overton Square

Ballet Memphis has opened modern studio in Overton Square that has enough room for Peter Pan to fly and a two-way view of  the ballerinas demonstrating their skills. The Orpheum and Playhouse on the Square will remain the setting main-stage shows, but informal performances and events will be held in the new 200-seat studio. Stop by to marvel at the beautiful new space that also includes Mama Gaia, a delicious local vegan café. 

South Main Market entrance

South Main Food Hall

South Main Arts District will be home Memphis’ very first food hall. Stop by the market in the morning for a local cup of coffee and bagel before exploring the National Civil Rights Museum and the Blues Hall of Fame. Then return to the historic building for a drink at the bar (open until midnight) and to browse the 10-12 vendors that includes a florist, vintage finds, orginal artwork and more. 

The Edge

You'll find The Edge neighborhood anchored by the historic Sun Studios to the east and the Redbird’s AutoZone Park to the west. Many of its industrial buildingss have been converted to studios and craft spaces including the new Edge Alley. A new spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch and cocktails, you'll also find local pop-up retail shops with vintage finds and Memphis shops for souvenirs. Explore the area with Freewheel Slow Rides, a series of free, casual, slow-paced bicycle rides for all ages with a focus on community and neighborhoods. 

Explore Bike Share River / Alex Shansky

Bike Share

Discover Memphis on two wheels with Explore Bike Share. With approximately 600 bikes and 60 stations, it's easy to discover the city. The state-of-the-art B-Cycle bikes will be equipped with a touch-screen GPS that offers route recommendations and directions to make it easy to navigate the city and you'll be able to drop off your bike at any of the stations so you can worry about your next destination instead of the round trip. 

Inside Clayborn Temple

Claybourn Reborn

Clayborn Temple was designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Less than 100 sites have ever received this designation, with only 1 other site located in TN. The space served as headquarters for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Sanitation Strikes of 1968, and will be open and hosting events during it's renovation and leading to its grand opening in 2018. From concerts to poetry slams, something is always happening there, reaching people from all backgrounds to promote solidarity and diversity.

Main Street Trolley

Vintage Trolley Ride

The vintage trolleys are back on track in Downtown Memphis. Hop aboard an authentic, vintage trolley car and glide through historic Downtown Memphis for only $1 a ride and $3.50 for a day pass. The clickety-clack of the track is just like going back in time.

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Memphis Airport
A multiphase plan is underway to modernize the Memphis airport. In addition to moving walkways, wider corridors, larger boarding areas, higher ceilings and natural lighting, you’ll find new retail and dining options.
Airport Modernization & New Direct Fights

AirCanada - Toronto 
Allegiant - Los Angeles

Frontier - Las Vegas
               - Orlando
               - Philadelphia

New Hotels

Hu. Hotel 
Holiday Inn Express on Elvis Presley Blvd.​
Moxy Hotel Downtown opening 2018
Lowes Hotel planning
Hyatt on One Beale planning
Homewood Suites planning
The Inn at Beale Street​ planning

Hotel Indigo opening winter 2018
Hilton Garden Inn Downtown under construction
Arrive Hotel under construction
Curio by Hilton at Central Station under construction
Cambria Hotel & Suites planning
Aloft Hotel planning


Coming in 2019

The Grove at GPAC
A new feature of the Germantown Performing Arts Center, The Grove at GPAC will be an outdoor venue that will seat between 1,200 and 2,000 people. Guests will enjoy concerts, theater and dance productions under a canopy of trees. A state-of-the-art video wall on the stage will have ability to broadcast shows that are occurring inside the current performance hall to the outdoor audience. 

Memphis United Soccer League
Home to the AAA Southern Division Champion Memphis Redbirds, Autozone Park will now be getting a United Premier Soccer League team.  Soccer fans stay tuned, the team will play 15 games at home from March to July and September to December starting in 2019.

Central Station 
Currently under redevelopment is South Main’s Central Station. Home to the Amtrack line which takes passengers from New Orleans up to Chicago, the original 4,700 square-foot building constructed in 1914 will soon hold apartments, a new Kemmons Wilson hotel, a restaurant and bar, a seven-screen Malco Movie Theatre and plans also include a venue for concerts and performance arts.