Free Days at Memphis Museums and Attractions You'll find that many of Memphis' best attractions offer free day admissions. Going down to the Graceland Gates, snapping a photo and imagining the King rolling down his driveway in a vintage pink Cadillac is always free.
Graceland also offers free-admission walk-up visits to the Meditation Garden, 7: Memphis Zoo Prentiss Pl. Rated as one of the best zoos in America, the Memphis Zoo houses 4, animals including giant pandas. Residents of Tennessee can take advantage of free admission on Tuesdays from 2 p.
An epic scale model, the Riverwalk, spans five city blocks and is marked with cities, bridges and historic markers to give visitors perspective on the river and its people.
The riverwalk is open 10 a. The tour ends at the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tennessee residents may visit the museum for free on Mondays from 3 p. Admission is free to Shelby County residents from 1 p. Created by the Smithsonian Institute, the museum offers music-lovers a comprehensive digital audio tour with more than minutes of information, songs and three audio-visual programs.
The museum is free for Shelby County residents on Tuesdays. The permanent collection at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art encompasses thousands of works across media and a treasure of local and international artists, from a Civil Rights-era Memphis photographer to a modern-day African muralist.
Admission is pay-what-you can every Wednesday from 10 a. Visitors can take in the collection, new exhibits and the well-manicured gardens free of charge on Saturdays from 10 a. On Tuesdays from 10 a. Center for Southern Folklore S. The center is always open for free. Elmwood Cemetery S. Dudley Founded in , Elmwood is the final resting place for so many Memphians, from music legends to victims of the Yellow Fever epidemic.
Grounds of the cemetery are open daily 8 a. Jude Children's Research Hospital N. Located on the campus of St. Jude, admission is free every day of the week from 8 a. Lichterman Nature Center Quince Rd. Gardens, exhibits and a surprising 65 acres of lake, meadow and forest habitats give visitors easy access to nature in the midst of metropolitan Memphis.
Admission is free on Tuesdays from 1 p. Free admission Monday - Saturday, 9 a. Call the museum for dates, as it closes on university holidays and between exhibits. Museum of Biblical History E. The Museum of Biblical History includes an exhibit gallery, Bible Lab, reference library and museum store.
Mexican artist Dionicio Rodriguez built this man-made cavern filled with crystals, rock formations and religious dioramas in the s. Located in Memorial Park Cemetery, the grotto is a hidden gem and open dawn to dusk each day. Free Things To Do With Kids From marching ducks to bike rides and park romps, we've gathered some of the best kid-friendly things to do in Memphis for free. Peabody Ducks Union Ave. Every day at 11 a. This is when the Peabody Ducks, five North American mallards, arrive and leave the hotel fountain in a grand procession complete with a red carpet, official introduction and visiting paparazzi.
The Peabody Duck March is completely free and open to all. Shelby Farms Park is a 4,acre park in the heart of East Memphis. Full of walking, biking and running trails, an awesome playground, splash area, fishing, a herd of buffalo and plenty of space to fly kites, this is the perfect place to let your little one run about and blow off steam.
The park is open sunrise to sunset each day. An epic scale model, the Riverwalk spans five city blocks and is marked with cities, bridges and historic markers to give visitors perspective on the Mississippi and its people. Levitt Shell Concerts Poplar Ave. Every summer and fall, the Levitt Shell hosts more than 50 free concerts — blues, gospel, country and rock represented. Learn about the history of Memphis, walk through a replica of the first Piggly Wiggly grocery store and meet Tyra the T.
Museum exhibits are free on Tuesdays from 1 p. Schwab, established in , is the only remaining original business on Beale Street. Its three floors are filled with store relics, voodoo powders, Memphis music, retro toys and the largest collection of hats in town—perfect for browsing around.
Schwab is open Monday through Wednesday, 12 p. Free Tours and Transportation By bike, bus or boots, there are many free ways to tour and explore the city of Memphis. Bike Routes Encompassing more than 60 miles of bike lanes, off-road trails and protected pathways, bike routes in Memphis are a fun way to get around.
Designed for recreational and commuter riders of all skills and ability levels, our trails allow you to bike along the Mississippi River, down the Shelby Farms Greenline, through city parks and more. Sun Studio Shuttle Union Ave. The shuttle picks up and drops off hourly and runs 7 days a week.
The shuttle service is complimentary, but each attraction has admission costs. Shops, restaurants and art galleries in the area open their doors to Memphians and visitors tip: Overton Park is also home to playgrounds and a dog park — all free to enjoy every day of the year. Orpheum Theatre Sidewalk of Stars S. However, there is a fee to visit the full-functioning blacksmith and foundry shop, and the museum. Beale Street Landing Riverside Dr.
Playhouse on the Square 66 S. Cooper Playhouse on the Square is a regional theater company located in the Overton Square dining, shopping and entertainment district. On afternoons, performers take to the small stage for free blues shows and other events. Ingram, West Memphis, Ark. Free general admission to live and simulcast greyhound and thoroughbred racing, seven days a week year-round.
Free Parks and Entertainment Districts Memphis is packed with free entertainment districts, parks and green space to play and relax.
Visit this walkable neighborhood for unique boutiques, an annual street festival in September, galleries, cool murals and specialty restaurants. Come by every Thursday between 11 a. Browse the boutique shops, enjoy a picnic in the park, catch free concerts or shop for hard-to-find hardware at the oldest store in Collierville, McGinnis Hardware est. The park was built by the city's first African-American millionaire, Robert Church, as a haven for African-Americans during the early s.
Street parking is available on Channel 3 Drive; lot parking is available at Martyrs Park. The longest pedestrian and bike bridge across the Lower Mississippi River invites you to walk from downtown Memphis all the way to West Memphis, Arkansas. The views of the river and downtown Memphis skyline are one-of-a-kind.
Big River Crossing is open daily from 6 a. Mud Island Riverwalk N.