Top 5 Free Memphis Attractions For Tennessee Residents

Memphis is known for its many great attractions such as Beale Street, Graceland, Stax Museum, The Memphis Zoo, and The Pink Palace. The price of admission for families can be pricey. With summer coming many Tennessee residents will be looking for affordable things they can do with their children.

Below you will find the top 5 free Memphis attractions for Tennessee Residents. Don’t let the price of high gas or heat keep you in the house this summer, head on out with the kids and see the animals at The Memphis Zoo, the new exhibits at The Pink Palace Museum or take them on over to The National Civil Rights Museum for a little history lesson.

Top 5 Free Memphis Attractions For Tennessee Residents

The Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo LogoEvery Tuesday excluding the month of March, Tennessee residents can take advantage of free admission into the Memphis Zoo from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Memphis Zoo has been one of the biggest attractions here in Tennessee since the zoo first opened in 1906. It’s home to more than 3,500 animals and sits on 70 acres of land. This is one attraction you don’t want to pass up this summer, with several different exhibits you’re sure to have a great time, and the only thing it will cost you is gas to get there and $5 to park.

The Pink Palace Museum

pink palace museum free dayThe Pink Palace Museum houses the largest collections in the city of Memphis. You’ll find historical, cultural, and archaeological exhibits at the Pink Palace Museum.  The Pink Palace Museum is currently offering a free three-month trial membership, this offer will expire on May 31st. If you don’t get the free membership and you’re looking for something to do with the kids this summer, the Pink Palace Museum offers free admission on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Not only is this fun for the family, but it’s also a great learning place for all those homeschooled.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens

free things in memphisWhile this isn’t completely free on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to noon, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens offers a pay what you can admission.  The Dixon Gallery & Gardens is known for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and beautiful gardens. Make sure to check out the Dixon Gallery & Gardens website to learn about educational fun for the kids.

The National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights MuseumThe National Civil Rights Museum offers free admission to Tennessee residents on Mondays from 3:00 pm until close. Here you will learn all about the struggles and the triumph during the American civil rights movement. The museum currently has 260 artifacts on display and is housed at the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4th, 1968. With its many exhibits this is one stop you don’t want to miss this summer.

Lichterman Nature Center

free attractions in memphisLichterman Nature Center offers free admission on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm until closing. If you have a love for nature and enjoy hiking the Lichterman Nature Center is the place for you. Here you will get to take a walk through nature while seeing the native wildlife in the heart of Memphis. If you sign up for the free three-month trial membership to the Pink Palace Museum you will also get unlimited visits to the Lichterman Nature Center.

With all the free attractions in Memphis, don’t let the price of gas keep you from enjoying the summer months with your children.

About Jammie Morey

Jammie is of Native American descent, she has family from the Ojibway/Chippewa tribe in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She was born and raised in Michigan. She enjoys doing many things with her family. Some of those activities include geocaching, hiking, fishing, playing games together as a family, and just being silly with her daughter. Jammie is Owner of The Neat Things in Life. For more information visit on Google+.


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