General Memphis Tourism Info:
• The hotel has a shuttle that can take you anywhere within a 5 mile radius. This will get you to two of the best shopping centers in town (The Shops of Saddle Creek and Carriage Crossing), and to dozens of great restaurants.
• Want to see the city without driving everywhere? Go downtown and get on board with the Memphis Hop. For one low price this shuttle makes stops at 10 Memphis attractions every hour. Spend as much time as you want in each attraction and catch the next bus to move on at your own pace. The Memphis Hop operates Tuesday - Sunday each week and daily passes are only $22 for adults. Get the details at MemphisHop.com
• American Dream Safari:
In the back of a 1955 Cadillac, Tad Pierson takes you on a journey like you’ve never experienced. His American Dream Safari company offers themed rides, including Juke Joint Full of Blues, a Delta Day Trip and a soul-soothing Road Therapy Tour. Tad has done personal tours for some very influential folks as the autographed door panels would indicate, and his rich historic and cultural knowledge are as vast as the Mississippi River is long. He can fit up to 5 people in his Cadillac. A three hour personalized tour for up to 5 passengers is $200. Contact him directly for a reservation at 901-527-8870
• Memphis Uptown Carriage Rides
Spend any amount of time in downtown Memphis, and you’ll surely come across a carriage. Saddle up for a horse-drawn carriage tour with the family or choose a romantic after-dinner trot exploring the heart of downtown. You’ll get your own driver for these one-hour tours (with their ever-present canine companion) giving you a spin on the Memphis scene.
Other Memphis Sites of Special Interest:
Upon registration you will be sent a vacation guide of Memphis for your vacation planning. Some of special interest are:
• The Peabody Hotel – the South’s Grand Hotel.
With a style and tradition befitting one of Memphis’ grandest, most legendary hotels, The Peabody Memphis offers a magnificent bridge between the “Blues City’s” celebrated past and cosmopolitan present. Nestled in the heart of downtown, this historic Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond hotel offers a one-of-a-kind experience just blocks from Beale Street, the Memphis Rock ‘n Soul Museum, the Gibson Guitar Factory, Fed-Ex Forum, Sun Studio, the Orpheum Theatre and the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Of special interest are the Peabody Ducks that parade off the elevator via a red carpet ceremony every day at 11AM and return at 5:00 PM to their rooftop palace. A real show!!! Arrive early to get a good view. More details at peabodymemphis.com.
• Memphis Pyramid Bass Pro Shop
An outdoors store unlike any other! It's a new national destination experience located inside the massive iconic Pyramid in Downtown Memphis, TN. This new, immersive retail experience offers something for everyone from the serious outdoor enthusiast to families looking to have fun. This is much more than just a store. Inside the expansive 535,000-square-foot pyramid are many experiences and features that offer something for everyone. In addition to a vast assortment of outdoor gear, the Pyramid includes a wilderness hotel called Big Cypress Lodge, nearly 600,000 gallons of water features, a cypress swamp with 100-foot-tall trees an 84,000-gallon alligator habitat, and underwater ecosystems including aquariums teeming with more than 1,800 fish, the interactive Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill, a nautical-themed restaurant and bar with a saltwater aquarium and a 13-lane ocean-themed bowling alley, Beretta Fine Gun Center, the nation’s tallest 28-Story Freestanding Glass Elevator and The Lookout, a breathtaking glass-floored cantilevering observation deck at the top of the 32-story steel Pyramid. With an array of retail, educational and fun attractions for guests of all ages, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid is one of the most dynamic, captivating retail adventures in the world.
• National Civil Rights Museum- Loraine Motel
At the place of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death in 1968 in Memphis, TN, the National Civil Rights Museum is a renowned educational and cultural institution. The Museum chronicles the American Civil Rights Movement with compelling presentations of iconic exhibits, oral histories of lesser-known civil rights foot soldiers, and visceral, in-the-moment experiences. Visitors will learn through emotionally charged, multi-user, multi-touch interactives, and a visually engaging, contemporary exhibit design that guides you through five centuries of history. More info at Civilrightsmuseum.org
• Memphis Zoo
One of only a handful of American zoos to house Chinese Pandas. The Memphis Zoo, located in Midtown Memphis is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Created in April 1906, the zoo has been a major tenant of Overton Park for more than 100 years.
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site of Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee at 926 E. McLemore Avenue, is a 17,000 square-foot museum offering interactive exhibits, videos, vintage musical instruments used to create the Stax sound, stage costumes, photographs, records, and approximately 3,000 other items of memorabilia that tell the unique story, from beginning to present, of American soul music, particularly that of Stax Records and the Memphis Sound.Artists highlighted include Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, the Bar-Kays, Booker T. & the MGs, Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, and hundreds of others. More info at staxmuseum.com
• Memphis Rock ‘N Soul Museum
Originally a Smithsonian Institute research project, it became their first permanent exhibition outside of New York and Washington DC. Inside, you’ll find seven expansive galleries showcasing instruments, costumes, photographs, artifacts and exhibits like “Rural Music,” “Coming to Memphis,” “Sun Records & Youth Culture,” “Soul Music” and “Social Changes” that take you through a timeline and tell the story of Memphis and its music history. More info at memphisrocknsoul.org
• Beale Street
All music lovers as well as those just looking for a fun night out on
the town will not want to pass up an opportunity to visit Beale Street.
This 1.8 mi (2.9 km) stretch of restaurants, bars, and clubs is more than
just a place to get a bite to eat. It is now considered "The Official
Home of the Blues."
The Riverwalk is an exact scale model of the Lower Mississippi River flowing from its confluence with the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois 954 miles south to the Gulf of Mexico. It features twenty cities that are mapped along the Riverwalk. Concrete wedges locate the main rivers flowing into the Mississippi or show river engineering structures such as floodways. There are four watershed walls which map the entire drainage area of the Mississippi River. The model empties into an acre size Gulf of Mexico. The park is designed using Corps of Engineers survey and navigational charts.
The Pink Palace Museum is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Southeast. You can walk through a replica of the first self-service grocery store in the country, Clarence Saunders' Piggly Wiggly. Explore the cultural and natural history of the Mid-South through exciting exhibits, dioramas, and audio-visuals. Trace Memphis' development from the time of Spanish explorers through the Civil War and the yellow fever epidemics. Learn from the award-winning medical exhibit how health care grew to be Memphis' largest industry. You can also enjoy one of many IMAX movies or a show at the planetarium.
• Memphis Botanic Garden
This 96-acre property includes 28 specialty gardens, which provide an in-depth look into various families of plants, flowers, and trees.
• Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Art museum specializing in impressionist and post-impressionist painting, featuring work by Matisse, Renoir, Gaugin, Cassat and Turner
This museum houses an eclectic art collection from early Greek to modern. Brooks Museum is set in a beautiful park like setting. Every Wednesday is no admission charge
• Blues Hall of Fame
The Blues Hall of Fame honors those who have made the Blues timeless
through performance, documentation, and recording. Since its inception
in 1980, The Blues Foundation has inducted new members annually into the
Blues Hall of Fame for their historical contribution, impact and overall
influence on the Blues. Members are inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame
in five categories: Performers, Individuals, Classic of Blues Literature,
Classic of Blues Recording (Song), Classic of Blues Recording (Album).
Since 1980, The Blues Foundation has inducted 350+ performers, industry
professionals, recordings and literature into the Blues Hall of Fame.
Of the 130 performer inductees, 120 of them are African-American.
• Memphis Riverboat Rides
Authentic American Riverboat Cruises on the Mississippi River. Take a Paddlewheeler a few miles up and down the greatest river in the U.S.A., The "Mighty" Mississippi. This is a great way to see and learn a bit of Mississippi River history while visiting Memphis.
• Railroad and Trolley Museum
Located in historic Memphis Central Station, the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum features "hands on" activities for the kids, model train layouts, memorabilia and displays with emphasis on the role of railroads and trolleys the history of Memphis.
• Hunt Phelan House
Built between 1828 - 1832, the home was host to many well known Tennesseans
such as President Andrew Jackson, Jefferson Davis and General N.B. Forest.
Confederate General Leonidas Polk planed the battle of Corinth in the
home and General U.S. Grant later used the house as his headquarters where
he devised the Vicksburg campaign. The home also served as a Union hospital.
After the war, one of the first schools for freed slaves was built on
the property by the Freedman’s Bureau.
2016 MARAC National Convention Activities
Hospitality room will be open for those not going on tours.
Monday August 1st-
Tuesday August 2nd-
Wednesday August 3rd-
Thursday August 4th-
Germantown Country Club
**This is also the banquet location, and is located approximately 15 minutes from the hotel.**
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