What to See in Memphis, Tennessee? – Part 3

Sports

FedExForum – If you’re looking for sports here in Memphis and you’re visiting between October and late Spring then you’d be wise to catch an NBA Memphis Grizzlies game at the FedExForum, known to the fans as “The Grindhouse”. Visiting this world class arena is worth a shot even for those who aren’t particularly interested in the sport, not only is it a huge part of the city’s culture but there’s far more going on here than just the game. There’s some wild half time entertainment to entertain you which includes the celebrated and award-winning NBA mascot the Grizz. Make sure you head there with an appetite, the food at the FedExForum isn’t your run of the mill stadium fodder. Here you’ll experience some of the finest local flavours including BBQ pork nachos from the city staple BBQ food restaurant Rendezvous as Rock ‘n’ Dough pizza and Ghost River Brewing Co. beers.

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – If basketball really isn’t your thing then maybe you’d be more interested in checking out a good old-fashioned game of American football? If so then you should head on down to the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and catch the Memphis Tigers. Don your bluest outfit and go support the University of Memphis along with the other fans. The games are steeped with tradition so you’ll find everything you’ve hoped to see at a football game here, marching bands, cheerleaders, sizzling hot dogs, the works.

The Sites

Memphis Riverboats – Memphis is also known as “Bluff City”, that’s because the city is situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. The River itself is a sight to behold and hopefully by now you can see that Memphis is place with many interesting tales to tell. One of the best ways to incorporate the two is to take one of the many wonderful riverboat tours available from the riverfront. You’ll hear all about the history of Bluff City as well the many riverboats that have travelled up and down the Big River, the importance of it and if you’re lucky a few yarns about the place once told by none of than Mark Twain whose stories defined the Mississippi, not to mention these marvellous paddlewheel boats for many years.

Downtown Trolleys – Maybe you’re visiting the city on a stricter budget than most tours will allow you, if so, that’s not a problem. All you need is one singular dollar and you can hope on one of the vintage downtown trolleys available to you. These classic vehicles will ferry you past many of the best attractions that the city has to offer, historic sites, museums, art galleries, shops, bars and restaurants. If you hop on the Main Street Trolley you’d be wise to head on down to grab a bite at The Arcade Restaurant, not only is it the oldest restaurant in Bluff City but it’s also played the set to many a movie and was even a favourite hang out spot of Elvis Presley himself. Whatever you do though you’ll get to see the sites, and all for a dollar.