There's no place like Memphis....where else can you eat world-famous cuisine, visit one-of-a-kind attractions on hallowed ground, hear music in the very spot where modern American music was born and visit with the friendliest people on earth? Count down has begun to new music shrines, a mega outdoor activity centre under one roof in a pyramid and a converted rail-trail that'll lift you over the Mississippi River!
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid - opens 1st May
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid will open this spring as one of the most dynamic, immersive retail experiences in the world. It's more than just a store. This massive destination experience offers something for everyone, from serious outdoor enthusiasts to families looking to have fun.
- Visitors can ride the tallest free standing glass elevator in America - 28 stories to the top of the Pyramid.
- They can stand on glass-floored observation decks at the top, patterned after the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
- Bowl "in the ocean" amid underwater scenery at Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill, a nautical-themed restaurant and bar with a saltwater aquarium and a 13-lane, ocean-themed bowling alley.
- Explore a giant cypress swamp environment with ponds, towering cypress trees and 84,000-gallon alligator habitat and live duck aviaries.
- Discover underwater ecosystems with ten aquariums teeming with more than 1,800 fish.
- Wine and dine on top of Memphis at the Mile High Catfish House, a full-service restaurant and bar situated at the top of the Pyramid serving southern-inspired comfort dishes. Guests will look out 300ft above the Mississippi River and a 10,000 gallon catfish aquarium at the centre.
- Visitors can practise their aim at the 25-yard live fire pistol and archery ranges.
- The new Ducks Unlimited National Waterfowling Heritage Center will serve as an interactive wetlands education museum showcasing the history of waterfowling and wetlands conservation.
Big Cypress Lodge - opens 1st May
Big Cypress Lodge is a wilderness hotel inside Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid in downtown Memphis. It's the first hotel ever located inside a Bass Pro Shops and includes 105 guest cabins and 15 suites overlook the Pyramid's vast cypress and wetlands expanse, feature interior and exterior views, elegant cabin-style decor and handcrafted furnishings. Guests can book a stay in one of its rustice-elegant and well appointed cabins and suites at big-cypress.com.
Memphis Music Hall of Fame - opens Spring
The Memphis Music Hall of Fame will open in downtown Memphis on Beale Street, adjacent to the newly relocated Hard Rock Cafe. This will be the only Memphis museum to focus specifically on the heroes of Memphis music - rock, soul, jazz, blues, R&B and more. Meet and pay tribute to the intriguing muscial legends who shook the planet, through this new, fun, educational and highly interactive exhibition that's as outrageous as the inductees themselves. The Memphis Music Hall of Fame is being administered by the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. For more information visit memphismusichalloffame.com.
Blues Hall of Fame - opens Spring
The Blues Foundation, the Memphis-based international blues music organisation will open the first ever Blues Hall of Fame in downtown Memphis this spring. The BHOF will pay tribute to the great blues men and women including B.B. King, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.
The Guest House at Graceland - opens late Autumn
Graceland's new 45-room hotel will roll out the red carpet with two restaurants, meeting and special events space and a 500-seat theatre for live performances. Conveniently located on the same side of the street as Graceland, the hotel will have special suites inspired by Elvis' personal style and the historic mansion itself. More information at graceland.com.
Harahan Bridge Project - opens early 2016
Memphis' bike lanes, trails and pedestrian walks connect visitors to quaint neighbourhoods and a healthier lifestyle. Now there's another project literally on the horizon. The Harahan Bridge which spans the Mississippi River will give walkers and cyclists the opportunity to cross Ole Man River from Downtown Memphis to the banks of Arkansas. More information at harahanbridgeproject.com.