10 New Must-See Attractions

Historic Beale Street, Sun Studio and Elvis Presley's Graceland should always be on the to-do list when visiting Memphis. But the Bluff City has new and exciting attractions springing up all the time! From renovated theaters and museums to unique gallery spaces and parks, you have to visit these 10 new attractions on your next trip to Memphis. 

J.T. Mullen | January, 2020
Edge Motor Museum / Craig Thompson

1. The Edge District

The Edge District is known for being the home of Sun Studio, but this district is teeming with attractions. Track the evolution of the American sports car at the Edge Motor Museum or shop local wares while listening to homegrown musicians at BOXLOT. From delicious eats to a popular craft brewery, you don’t know what you’re missing out on in The Edge. 

Highland Strip / Alex Shansky

2. Highland Strip

The revitalization of the Highland Strip has the University District buzzing with new restaurants, bars and lounges. But nothing has people more excited than the all-new Highland Axe & Rec. This one-of-a-kind recreation lounge offers everything from classic videogames to axe throwing—as well as an unforgettable pub menu. Get over to Highland Axe & Rec for this unique attraction.  

Central Station / Alex Shansky

3. Central Station

The living room of South Main—Central Station—is once again an epicenter in Memphis. This landmark train hub has been transformed into a mixed-use hotel, featuring the popular French restaurant, Bishop; a new Memphis music-themed bar, Eight and Sand and the city’s newest movie theater, Malco Powerhouse Cinema Grill & Bar. 

Crosstown Concourse / Phillip Van Zandt

4. Crosstown Concourse

Crosstown Concourse, Memphis’ vertical urban village, is ever-changing, bringing new must-see attractions to the city. Listen to renowned musicians in the Green Room, check out exhibits by local creatives at Crosstown Arts, grab a locally sourced bite at Farm Burger and round out the night with a treat from Area 51 Ice Cream or a night cap at Art Bar—and don’t forget the iconic Black Lodge is back with new and exciting film and music events just steps away from Crosstown. 

Memphis Sign at Mud Island / Alex Shansky

5. Downtown Parks

With the city’s skyline as your backdrop, snap an Instagram-worthy selfie in front of the 50-foot “MEMPHIS” sign just off the banks of the Mississippi River at  Mud Island River Park.  Can’t get enough of The Big Muddy? Head over to River Garden Park for an all-new experience of the river. Sit back and enjoy the river on personal hammocks and bench swings. Wanting a better vantage point? Climb the park's treehouse and “human size” birds’ nests for breathtaking views. During the colder months, round out your evening around the firepits with warm beverages and tasty treats, while taking in the buzz of downtown Memphis and the ripple of the Mighty Mississippi; or if you're visiting when it's warmer outside, rent a kayak and paddle The Harbor (a lack of current makes this great for beginners too). This park is perfect for every season!

Beale Street / Raphael Tenschert

6. Atomic Rose

The Atomic Rose features entertainment five nights a week, including live DJs and karaoke nights. With delicious dishes from wings and tenders to ravioli dinners and pizzas (and everything in between) this LGBTQ+ dance club, just steps from Historic Beale, is quickly becoming a local favorite. 

The Grove at GPAC / Archimania

7. The Grove at GPAC

Germantown Performing Arts Center is getting an upgrade! To go along with its state-of-the-art indoor theater, GPAC will soon open a luxury outdoor entertainment venue, The Grove. Visitors will be able to enjoy world-renowned musicians, from near and far, in an all-new outdoor setting. 

Theatre Memphis / Andrea Zucker

8. Theatre Memphis

Let’s celebrate! One of the city’s oldest and most popular theaters, Theatre Memphis, is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2020. In honor of such an incredible milestone, the theater is undergoing some major upgrades. From a new entrance and lobby to an upgraded bar and additional bathrooms, the theater’s $5 million renovation is focused on better guest accommodation. Be on the lookout for the 2020-21 season announcement. 

The CMPLX / Darius Williams

9. The CLTV

The CLTV has a new home! This collaborative organization, which strives to support and promote African-American artists and musicians, opened a new gallery and studio space, The CMPLX. Visit this creative space to see local and national artwork on display and hear local musicians, as well as purchase crafts, clothing and more from local black producers.

Pink Palace / Phillip Van Zandt

10. Pink Palace Museum

Walk through a pristine replica of the original Piggly Wiggly or observe a fully restored Clyde Park Miniature Circus all at the newly renovated Pink Palace Mansion. These are just a couple exhibits on display after a two-year renovation period. Throughout Pink Palace Museum, visitors can expect everything from regionally focused exhibits to displays on world history, as well as a CTI 3D Giant Theatre (for educational and classic films) and a full dome planetarium, the AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium. 

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