Memphis, TN is a 3 hour car ride from Nashville, so it made the perfect Day Trip. I’ve been to Memphis before (Pre-Carson), but I only went to Beale Street, so I never got to explore it fully.
Our first stop was the National Civil Rights Museum also know as the place that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered. It was important for me (even at the age of three) to take Carson there for him to see “Our Black History!”
The museum is open:
Mondays 9am-6pm, Wednesday-Saturday 9am-5pm, CLOSED on Tuesdays and Sundays
Cost is $17.00 for adults, $14.00 for children ages 5-17, Ages 4 and under are FREE!!
We went to the museum on a Tuesday and it was closed, but you were still able to have access to the Lorraine Motel, as well as there are several amazing murals in the area for the perfect Instagram shot. It was nice to be there when it wasn’t crowded.
Our second stop was the Memphis Zoo. I typically don’t visit zoos when I’m out of town, because to me, all zoos are the same. But during my research of things to do in Memphis I noticed the Zoo had a Dinosaur Exhibit. If you know Carson, you know how deep his love for dinosaurs is!
The Dinosaur Exhibit is open for a limited time. (Till October 31st) It is a separate cost ($5.00) from the zoo entry, but if you have little ones who love dinos, it is totally worth the extra $5.00.
What I loved about the exhibit was that the Dinos were robotic, so it was a little bit more life like. Carson was actually a tad nervous because he wasn’t expecting them to move. But he loved being able to be surrounded by his favorite thing….DINOSAURS!!!
Now for the actual Memphis Zoo, Parking for non-members is $5.00. Cost for entry was $18.00 for an adult, and $13.00 for a child.
We went during COVID, face mask weren’t required but they were recommended. We got there about an hour after it opened so it was empty, but as we were leaving the crowds picked up.
Although face mask weren’t required for zoo entry, in order for you to feed the giraffes, you had to were a face mask. (Cost $5.00 for feeding)
Our plan was to go and visit the Peabody Hotel to see the Peabody Ducks March, but we made it there to late. They March everyday at 11:00am and 5:00pm. Next time we will for sure be there, ON TIME!
Around the corner from the Civil rights Museum, we seen the Fire Museum. We decided not to go in since a lot of the exhibits in the museum were hands on, and since we went during COVID.
There were so many other places to explore in Memphis, we just didn’t have the time, or they were closed due to COVID. But Carson still had a ball!!