As wallets are shrinking across the US, many people are trading in vacations for staycations. A staycation is when you stay home, yet travel to nearby area attractions. For many, fun staycations are possible. This is particularly true in Memphis, Tennessee.
Memphis, Tennessee, is located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. It is in the southwest corner of the state. Families living in northeast Arkansas and Northwest Mississippi can still partake in fun staycations around the Memphis, Tennessee area. Not sure where to go on your staycation? Here are some great options:
Memphis Zoo: For just $79 annually, families around the Memphis area can visit the Memphis Zoo and have free parking all year long. There are a variety of special events, and the Zoo membership can even be used at other zoos across the nation. The Zoo is open from 9 to 4 or 9 to 5, depending on the time of year. It is located at 2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis TN.
Beale Street: Couples without kids can bask in all the wonderful jazz music Memphis has to offer on Beale Street. Park at the Peabody Place parking garage and take your parking chip to Rum Boogie Café on the corner of Beale and 3rd to validate your parking. Once validated, your parking is only $1, allowing you to spend more money on the fun the city has to offer.
Graceland: Every resident of Memphis should visit Graceland at least once in their life. Located on Elvis Presley Boulevard, Graceland is easily accessible from I-55. If you have the money to splurge, you can even stay a night at the Heartbreak Hotel. This is a must-see stop for any Elvis Presley fan!
Mud Island Park: A great feature at the Mud Island Park is a model of the Mississippi River drawn to scale. There are plenty of parks, and places to sit and watch the barges and ferries go up and down the river banks. This is the perfect staycation for a family that wants to take a picnic lunch down to a park and relax and have a good time.
When taking a Memphis staycation, don’t forget to stay comfortable. Casual comfort shoes are a necessity for men, women, and children alike, as nothing is worse than wearing an uncomfortable pair of shoes all day long.