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Best for Kids in Memphis

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Fire Museum of Memphis

The Fire Museum is located in the first firehouse in Memphis. Kids will love the video games and interactive videos that simulate firefighting, while parents will appreciate the exhibit of unusual firefighting equipment from the last two centuries. If you take the restored trolley from Union or Beale, you can disembark at the museum, then walk up the street to the National Civil Rights Museum, in the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

Memphis, TN, United States
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Court Square

Court Square is a historic park that has existed at least since 1876, when the statue of Hebe was dedicated here. This small oasis in the middle of downtown office buildings also features a delightful gazebo and a bronze fountain. Court Square appeared in the movie The Firm as a backdrop for a meeting between Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman, and in real life serves as a relaxing spot for local office workers and visitors alike, who enjoy watching the restored antique cars of the Main Street Trolley go by.

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Residence Inn Memphis Downtown

This Marriott hotel is located in downtown Memphis, Tennessee and 15 minutes from Graceland. It also features a gym. The rooms have a kitchen and living area. Residence Inn Memphis Downtown guest rooms offer cable TV and a sofa. The kitchen is equipped with a stovetop, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. This Memphis Residence Inn provides laundry and dry cleaning service. Room service and valet parking are also available. Memphis International Airport is 20 minutes from Residence Inn Memphis Downtown. The National Civil Rights Museum is within a 5-minute walk of the hotel.

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Strange Cargo

Catering to folks on their way to and from the nightclubs on Beale Street, the crowded, eclectic little shop, Strange Cargo, carries gifts and souvenirs with an adult slant. This is a good place to buy humorous cards to send to friends at home. You can also find gag gift items here, as well as T-shirts with messages that might make some people blush. If you bring the kids, you might have some explaining to do.

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Orpheum Theater

Having been slowly restored over the past several years, the Orpheum is now an astonishing architectural treasure from the 1920s, with its statues, carved woodwork, velvet curtains, and an opulent lobby. It hosts shows of touring Broadway companies and is a must visit for the culturally inclined. It is also the venue for traveling Broadway musicals. In the summer, the Orpheum shows classic movies like Casablanca and hosts trivia contests and sing-alongs - fun for the whole family.

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Tom Lee Park

Tom Lee was an African-American living in Memphis who became a hero when he saved 32 people from a sinking steamboat in 1925. Even though he could not swim, he rowed a small boat into the strong currents of the Mississippi River to rescue the victims. Tommy Lee Park, stretches for a mile and half along the banks of the river, is dedicated to this hero and contains a monument to him. This is the site of several events throughout the year, including the Barbecue Contest, the Sunset Symphony concert at the end of May, and a Jazz Festival.

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Memphis Zoo

The 2800 animals from over 400 species here have cared for in environments as close to their native habitats as possible. From African veldt to Asian temple ruins, Peruvian rain forests or Jamaican caverns, the animals roam free. Young children will enjoy the "Once Upon a Farm" exhibit and the amusement rides. The whole family will love watching the apes and monkeys in Primate Canyon. Do not miss the lions and tigers in Cat Country. Trams make getting around the park easy; wheelchairs and strollers can be rented.

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Overton Park

Overton Park is the home of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis College of Art, and the Overton Park Municipal Golf Course. The park by itself is a lovely place to visit. There are trails for hiking and biking, tennis courts, a playground, picnic area, and huge, shady trees to relax under.The rainbow-painted amphitheater, once the location of concerts by Elvis Presley and ZZ Top, is now seldom used, but still a good place to sit and ponder the glories of music gone by.

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Children's Museum of Memphis

Not so much a museum as an educational indoor playground, this place is full of interactive activities for kids. Youngsters can climb a skyscraper, explore a fire engine or "ride" a police motorcycle. Children especially love the miniature grocery store, where they can push their carts and "shop" for staples, and the playing bank, where they can write checks. Special exhibits and activities are also offered every month, including puppet shows and live music.

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Graceland

Once home to music legend Elvis Presley, Graceland epitomizes the flamboyant style that the unforgettable seventies packed in. Life came a full circle for the King of Rock 'n' Roll when he purchased this Colonial Revival house in Memphis from Stephen Toof, a way of honoring the city that fed his musical ambitions and set him on his way to becoming a rising star. Rumoured to be the second most-visited house in the United States, Graceland is preserved exactly as it was when Elvis lived here. Elvis Presley bought this 13.8 acre (5.6 hectares) estate in 1957 and spent a large part of his life expanding and improving the opulent property. On the boulevard named after the legend himself, a sleek entertainment complex and adjoining visitors centre feed Elvis' fans still-extant frenzy through a wealth of displays and exhibits that revolve around the musician's life. The Elvis Entertainer Career Museum highlights the main aspects of his singing career, and display his most iconic sartorial collections, while the Automobile Museum showcases the stunning fleet of cars that Elvis rode in, from the Cadillac Eldorado to the Stutz Blackhawk. On August 16, the anniversary of Elvis' death, a candlelight vigil draws worldwide fans to this exceptional monument.

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Memphis Botanic Garden

Memphis Botanic Garden is a collection of gardens that covers over 96 acres (39 hectares) in East Memphis. The lovely Japanese garden, with its bridges, ponds and goldfish is a favorite with visitors, who come for the candlelight evening tours in the summer. In the spring, the Ketchum Iris Garden glows with a myriad of colors, while the Municipal Rose Garden is at its best in May, June, and September. There is even a Sensory Garden that is designed to appeal to all five senses.

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Golf & Games Family Park

Golf & Games Family Park offers fun for kids of all ages. There is miniature golf, of course, but you can also try your luck at the batting cages, in the go-karts or at a game of laser tag. For the kids, there is the fun track for young drivers, plus bumper boats and a host of age-appropriate rides. In business in Memphis for 35 years, this park specializes in group outings such as company picnics. The private area includes pavilions, volleyball and softball fields, a driving range, a nature trail and a swimming pool.

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Billy Hardwick's All Star Lanes

Head down to Billy Hardwick's All Star Lanes for an enjoyable game of bowling with friends and family. This 40-lane bowling alley boasts a plethora of fascinating features, including fluorescent-lit lanes and late night cosmic bowling. Bowl to your heart's content on these pristine lanes, and when you're tired head to the snack bar to regain your energy. The scores are computerized, so you don't have to worry about keeping track of your progress.

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La Quinta by Wyndham Memphis East-Sycamore View

This Memphis La Quinta Inn & Suites is just a 15-minute drive from Memphis city centre and a 24-minute drive from Graceland. Features include a hot breakfast, free WiFi, and rooms with a flat-screen TV. A small refrigerator and a microwave are included in all rooms at La Quinta Inn Memphis East-Sycamore View. Extras include a desk and a hairdryer. Guests of Memphis East-Sycamore View La Quinta Inn can start the day with a breakfast of waffles and sausage. A variety of baked goods and cereal are available as well as fruit, coffee, and juice. Meeting facilities, which can accommodate up to 24 people, are offered on site. Free parking is provided as well. Libertyland is a 10-minute drive from La Quinta Inn & Suites Memphis East-Sycamore View, while Audubon Park is 11 km away.

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Lichterman Nature Center

Raccoons wander freely around this nature preserve and educational facility. The Lichterman family after whom the center is named willed their land to the city years ago, and portions of the block have since been developed into a shopping center, St. Francis Hospital and an apartment building. However, this 65-acre park still provides sanctuary for local wildlife. Children can see here how injured animals are treated and prepared for return to the wild. While the original Lichterman home that housed exhibits and administrative offices burned down a few years ago, most of the facility has been restored.

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Battlefront Lasertag & Paintball

Get some fresh air and battle it out with friends, family, or coworkers at Battlefront Lasertag & Paintball. Play paintball with top-of-the-line equipment, running through the woods to capture the opposing team's flag. If the thought of paintball welts is too much for you, opt for a game of laser tag, which offers the same excitement as paintball, without the pain of getting hit. It's a great spot to host your next birthday party or a team building outing.

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Shelby Farms Park

Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest in the country, spanning 4500 acres (1821 hectares). Come here to experience tranquility mingled with awe as you explore the great outdoors. The park is home to a herd of bison and many other species of animals. Though once a working farm, now it serves as a favorite recreational spot to many. So go ahead and ride, bike, hike, fish or row!

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Triple Play Cards, Comics and Games

If you have Pokémon fever, check out this place. If you are more interested in sports than Pikachu, this place has baseball cards, new sets along with some older and collectible cards. The store carries basketball and football cards, as well. In the comics section, you will find the latest titles from Marvel, DC and some independent publishers, as well as collectible books, such as a framed copy of Silver Surfer Issue 1. There are also T-shirts, Star Wars stuff and cards and accessories for role-playing games such as Magic.

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Germantown Community Theatre

Located in an upscale suburban area on the east side of Memphis, the Germantown Community Theatre emphasises on mainstream plays, mysteries, and musicals popular with the family-oriented local audience. Particularly successful here are those stage adaptations of literary works read in college English classes. The 112-seat theater is intimate enough to draw you into the performance without feeling cramped. Entertainment and education go hand in hand at this theater that offers outreach programs to give back to the community it's rooted in.

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