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Valentine's Day & Beyond

Things to Do in Memphis with Your Everyday Valentine or Galentine

Whether you're on your honeymoon, an anniversary vacation, a romantic getaway or celebrating Valentine's or Galentine's Day, there is no end of fun-filled things to do in Memphis. From food tasting tours and romantic riverboat dinners to music history attractions and late night Beale Street adventures, we're here to help you plan the perfect getaway for two!

Memphis Date Nights (and Days!)

Only two things are necessary for a couple's getaway in Memphis – you and your partner.

Memphis may be the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, but she also knows how to slow down and treat you right. Bask in brilliant Mississippi River sunsets, enjoy a soothing couple's massage or turn up your heels on Beale Street. Because of Memphis’ central location, you’ll spend less time traveling and more time enjoying each other.

For Music Lovers

If y'all love music, Memphis is the place for you! Couples can spend days exploring the city's rich music legacy. 

  • Sun Studio - Tour Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock and roll, and hear actual outtakes from the recording sessions of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and B.B. King. Touch Elvis’ first microphone and hear the story of this tiny studio in Memphis that launched the careers of legends.

  • Stax Museum of American Soul Music - Memphis is known for rock and roll and the blues, but don't forget about soul. Stax Records created a unique Memphis sound that took the world by storm in the late 60s and early 70s. Learn how Booker T. and the MGs, Isaac Hayes, Carla Thomas and many more got their start right here in Memphis at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
  • Elvis Presley's Graceland - No trip to Memphis is complete without visiting the home of the king. At Elvis Presley's Graceland, you and your partner can tour Elvis' mansion, explore his career and legacy at Elvis The Entertainer Career Musuem, as well as see his classic car collection at Presley Motors. 

  • Memphis Rock 'N' Soul Museum - Tour the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and witness what made Memphis into the music city it is today.

  • Memphis Music Hall of Fame - From Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins to Justin Timberlake and Three 6 Mafia, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame is dedicated to all of the music legends that contirubuted to Memphis' rich music legacy. 

For more music hot spots, click here.

For Fans of the Arts

From ballet and theater to galleries and musicians, couples who enjoy the arts will have plenty to do in Memphis.

  • Overton Square Theater District - Head to the Overton Square Theater District to catch a show at Playhouse on the Square, Hattiloo Theater or Ballet Memphis. Afterward, catch live music at Lafayette’s Music Room or sing a duet together at the Zebra Lounge piano bar.
  • Crosstown Arts - Whether it's catching a live performance at Crosstown Theatre, listening to a music group at The Green Room, or simply enjoying pieces from resident artists while sipping a cocktail from Art Bar, Crosstown Arts is a one-stop-shop for couples who enjoy the arts.   
  • Theatre Memphis - Theatre Memphis is celebrting its 100th birthday. In honor of its centennial, the theater is currently undergoing renovations for better guest accomodation. Theater fans should keep their eyes peeled for the 2020 season announcement coming in March.
  • Opera Memphis - Opera fans will love Memphis' very own opera house. Opera Memphis' eight-month season features some of the most talented performers from the area, as well as nation-wide.
  • The Orpheum Theatre -  From concerts and comedy shows to touring Broadway productions, The Orpheum Theatre is a must-see attraction for fans of the arts. You and your partner won't regret scheduling your trip around an upcoming show. Want to know more about the theater? You can learn about this theater's 90-year history on an Orpheum tour.
  • The CLTV - The CLTV is an organization which promotes and supports black artists and musicians in Memphis. Observe the work of local artists at The CLTV's gallery, The CMPLX

For more art options, click here. For more theater options, click here.

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Horse Carriage Ride in Memphis
Couple at A. Schwab / Andrea Zucker

For Nature Lovers

From river walks and bike trails to paddle boats and kayaks, the Bluff City offers all sorts of adventures for you and your loved one. With one of the largest urban parks in the nation and access to the Mississippi River, Memphis is an ideal travel destination for couples who love the outdoors.

  • Big River Crossing - If nature walks are your style, have we got the walk for you! The Big River Crossing is a nearly mile-long pedestrian bridge over the Mississppi River. Take a romantic stroll across the Mighty Mississippi and see some of the best views of the river and the Memphis skyline the city has to offer! The bridge stays open until 10 p.m. so be sure to check out the nightly LED light display. 
  • Shelby Farms Park - With over 40 miles of trails, Shelby Farms Park, one of the nation's largest urban parks, is the perfect nature escape for your weekend getaway. The park's vast green spaces, abundant wooded areas and 20 bodies of water provide excellent senery for a couple's walk, run or bike ride. Interested in getting on the water? You can also rent canoes, kayaks and paddleboats for two. With multiple vendors and two restaurants on site, you can cap your adventure with an intimate picnic or meal in the park!
  • Memphis Zoo - Annually recognized as one of the best zoos in the nation, the Memphis Zoo is a popular attraction for couples. Spend the day exploring the zoo's incredible interactive exhibits featuring over 4,500 animals. 
  • Memphis River Parks - Looking for a unique downtown experience? Memphis River Parks provide couples with a chance to spend time together right on the Mississippi River. With events like Yoga in the Park (in warmer weather), Firepit Fridays (in the colder months), live music and more, the Memphis River Parks are the perfect attraction for you and your partner. 
  • Allen's Kayaking Adventures - If you're a couple that loves being on the water then look no further than Allen's Kayaking Adventure. This guided paddling tour is like no other in Memphis. Couples can explore both the Wolf and Mississippi Rivers, while catching some of the best sights in Memphis along the way. 

For more outdoor date ideas, click here
 

For History Buffs and Sight Seers

Are you a couple that likes to explore and get a sense of the town's history? Memphis has a bevvy of tours and attractions that history buffs will adore.

  • Victorian Village - Surprise your love with a stroll through the heart of Victorian Village, a neighborhood lined with historic mansions that were known as “Millionaire's Row” in the Gilded Age. Soak up some Southern charm with a tour of the Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum, with its French Victorian architecture and splendid collection of antiques, and the Mallory-Neely House, which retains its original furniture and artifacts.
  • Mud Island Park - Discover the history of the Mississippi River at Mud Island Park and the Mississippi River Museum (open May - Oct.). The park and museum feature 18 galleries covering everything from settlement to music, as well as a scale replica of the Mighty Mississippi—and don't forget to snap a photo with the 50-foot MEMPHIS sign. When this unique park is open, it's the perfect spot to take a picnic or watch the sunset over the river. 
  • Backbeat Tours - Whether you're into music, sightseeing or hunting for ghosts, Backbeat Tours has you covered! This tour company offers a handful of tours, including a Historic Memphis Walking Tour, a Beale Street Walking Tour, a Memphis Discovery bus tour, Memphis Ghost Tour and a Memphis music Mojo Tour. 
  • Memphis Heritage Trail - African-American achievement helped shape Memphis into the culturally rich and diverse city it is today. Couples can follow this achievement through the Memphis Heritage Trail, a self-guided walking tour that covers everything from the civil rights to music history.
  • Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Memphis - Let the games begin! Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Memphis is an absolute must for partners who love games. Couples will use their smart phones to explore Memphis through a series of clues and riddles. Are y'all up for the challenge? 
  • Carriage Company - Catch the sights and sounds of downtown Memphis from the back of a horse-drawn carriage with the Carriage Company. Whether you're on a historical tour of downtown Memphis or just enjoying an intimate, evening carriage ride with the one you love most, you'll always cherish the memories made on these carriage rides. 
  • Curious Bike Tours - Combine the outdoor activity with a little history and maybe even a brewsky! Curious bike tours offer guided night tours and Sunday brewery tours.

Find more tours and attractions here

Kayaking on the Mississippi River | Alan Spearman
Backbeat Tours | BAxter Buck
Shelby Farms Park | Phillip Van Zandt
Memphis Heritage Trail / Alex Shansky

For Festival Lovers

Plan your weekend getaway around one of Memphis' popular annual festivals. From the World Championship Hot Wing Contest and Festival to Elvis Week—not to mention eveything Memphis in May—Memphis has a festival you'll love!

Mempho Fest | Adarryll Jackson
Memphis is home to a variety of festivals. Whether you're foodies, music lovers, NASCAR fans or art enthusiasts, Memphis has a festival for you!

Book a romantic meal for two in Memphis

From fine-dining experiences to prime steak houses, Memphis has dozens of must-try restaurants for your next date night!

Restaurant Iris, a cozy fine-dining space in an elegant bungalow in midtown,  offers a creative Creole-French cuisine that has garnered accolades for "Best Restaurant," "Best Service" and "Best Chef,” so reservations are recommended.
 
Flight, in downtown Memphis, is one of the most popular fine-dining experiences in town. Whether you mix and match a flight of small plates or order individual entrées, couples will share a truly unique dining experience—and be sure to ask your waiter about the wine flights.
 
If you’re looking for a true Memphis dining experience, there are none more authentic than a barbecue dinner on a Memphis Riverboat. Take a two-hour cruise on the Mighty Mississippi while feasting on a BBQ buffet and enjoying the house blues and jazz band.

More Romantic Dinner Dates You’ll Love

  • Mollie Fontaine Lounge - Get cozy and enjoy conversation over tapas and drinks at Mollie Fontaine Lounge, a bar and restaurant owned by an award-winning Memphis chef and housed in a beautifully decorated historic home.
  • Itta Bena - Stroll hand-in-hand down Beale Street, America’s Most Iconic Street, on your way to experience Itta Bena, a posh restaurant tucked away on the top floor of B. B. King’s Blues Club. The azure-tinted windows mean that everywhere you look, you see “the blues” of Beale Street, and the mood lighting gives off an exclusive, speakeasy vibe. After dinner, head downstairs to one of the city’s best live music venues showcasing legendary musicians.
  • South Main Arts District - If you're downtown, take the trolley to the South Main Arts District, where you can explore a number of art galleries and public installations, shops, bars and historic sites. Enjoy the backyard at Loflin Yard, where you can relax on the porch in rocking chairs while sipping on a julep. For an elegant dinner, make reservations at rustic-chic Rizzo’s, where the creme brulee—along with the company—will have you floating on Cloud 9.
  • Folk’s Folly – Grab your favorite mixed drink or cocktail, sit back and enjoy live piano music in The Cellar Lounge, before digging in to one of Folk’s Folly’s prime cut steaks. Private dining options paired with mouth-watering cuisine make this East Memphis steak house a local favorite.

For more dining options, click here.

Itta Bena / Alex Shansky
Mollie Fontaine Lounge | Alex Shansky
Flight | Logan young
Rizzo's / Raphael Tenschert

Check into these romantic Memphis Hotels

If you’re the couple that likes to spend a lot of time in your room, Talbot Heirs is a great choice. Located in the heart of Downtown Memphis, this trendy bed and breakfast will make you feel like royalty – right down to stocking the kitchen with items from your personal shopping list. If a boutique hotel is more to your taste, let the River Inn of Harbor Town pamper you with Champagne, wine, gourmet breakfast, and chocolate truffles at turn-down – all complimentary. 

No trip to Memphis is complete without a visit to Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. Let the King love you tender with an intimate view of his career, life and legacy. We guarantee you won’t be lonesome tonight after Elvis serenades the stress away. Stay in one of the VIP suites, designed by Priscilla herself, at the Guesthouse at Graceland, have a Southern dinner at Delta's Kitchen, and then relax in the hot tub by the pool. 

More Hotels You'll Love

  • The Central Station Memphis - With a fine dining experience featuring french cuisine (Bishop) and a Memphis-themed bar and lounge (Eight & Sand) on site, Memphis Central Station provides an unforgettable luxury hotel experience. 
  • Hu. Hotel - Hu. Hotel features its own upscale diner, Hu. Diner, as well as a rooftop bar with incredible downtown views. In walking distance to Beale Street, The Orpheum Theatre and many more downtown attractions, Hu. Hotel is the perfect spot for you and your loved one. 
  • The Peabody Hotel - Known as the “South’s Grand Hotel,” The Peabody offers gracious rooms with every imaginable amenity, including nightly turn-down service. Be on the lookout for themed accommodation packages.
  • Hotel Indigo - At this hotel in the heart of Downtown Memphis, you’ll be surrounded by art and memorabilia from blues, rock and soul legends, and can enjoy an evening dip together in the rooftop pool or sip drinks at the retro bar, The Lounge at 3rd and Court.
  • The James Lee House Bed and Breakfast - This national historic landmark features five exquisitely decorated suites and serves a delicious gourmet breakfast.
  • ARRIVE Hotel Memphis - This 62-room boutique hotel, located in the South Main Arts District, is perfect for any occasion. Its prime location is great for couples looking to explore downtown Memphis, while its luxury amenities on site, such as Hustle and Dough cafe and bakery, Bar Hustle cocktail bar and Longshot shuffle board bar, make it the perfect option for couples who prefer to stay in. 

Looking for more lodging options? Find your perfect stay here.

Arrive Hotel / Holly Whitfield
Central Station / Alex Shansky
Hotel Indigo / Alex Shansky
The Peabody / Alex Shansky

Here for Galentine's?

From boutique shopping to nail bars—and some unbelievably tasty cuisine—Memphis is the perfect destination for a treat yo'self girls' trip! 

Start your trip off right at one of Memphis' fantastic weekend brunch options! Try Automatic Slim's, in downtown Memphis, for a delicious brunch (and did we mention $2.50 mimosas and bloody Marys?).

After brunch explore the South Main Arts District's various art galleries and boutique shops. Stop by Stock & Belle for Memphis-inspired arts and goods, as well as clothing and jewelry. Ditty TV's Vibe and Dime offers Americana- and Roots-themed clothing and memorabilia. Visit Art Village Gallery to browse interational fine art exhibits and galleries. 

Then grab lunch at one of the city's favorite sushi joints, South Main Sushi. After lunch, head across the street to Prima's Bakery and Boutique, where you can shop Latino culture-inspired goods and clothing, while snacking on a sweet treat from the bakery—the macarons are to die for! 

Next, head over to Crosstown's Gloss Nail Bar where you get a complimentary beverage with your nail service. 

At night, enjoy a multi-course Italian dinner (with a Southern flair) at the very popular Catherine and Mary's, before heading down to historic Beale Street. From blues bars to hip hop dance clubs, no matter your style, Beale has a club for your group. 

And we hope you brought your dancing shoes because no night out in Memphis is complete without a stop at Paula & Raiford's Disco

For more girls' trip to Memphis ideas, click here.

Girls Night on Beale | David Meany
Beale Street / Phillip Van Zandt
Primas Bakery + Boutique / Alex Shansky
Stock and Belle | Alex Shansky