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Planning a short break to Memphis? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Memphis. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Memphis. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Chucalissa Museum and Indian Village

1987 Indian Village Dr. Located on a 187 acre spot in Southwest Memphis, it is home to the CH Nash Museum and a reconstructed 15th Century native American village located on an actual archaeological site, now called Chucalissa.

Visitors can explore the culture of the people who flourished here before Europeans first set foot, stroll through the reconstructed village, observe demostrations and look at museum displays or participate in the archaeological process.

National Civil Rights Museum

278 S 2nd Str. www.civilrightsmuseum.org. This museum houses the first and only comprehensive overview of the civil rights movement in exhibit form.It is designed to educate and understand the civil rights movement and how this impacted for social rights worldwide. There are 10 000 sq.ft. of permanent exhibits, courtyard for dramatic presentations, a changing gallery and all designed to give visitors a better understanding of the seminal events that shaped the movement.

Magevney House

198 Adams Ave. www.memphismuseums.org. Once home to an Irish immigrant, it was built in the 1830's. It is typical of a pre-Civil war, middle-class home, furnished in the style of the 1850's. It is one of the City's oldest remaining residences and houses several antiques, all given personally by the Magevney family. A herb garden and grape arbor are also in the grounds to learn and admire from as you stroll around the gardens. Annual St.Patrick Day's celebrations are held here in March.

Pink Palace Museum

3050 Central Ave. The largest facilities of its kind in the Southeast, it has a replica of the first self-service grocery store in the country. It covers the cultural and natural history of the Mid-South and trace's Memphis' development from the time of Spanish explorers through the Civil war and yellow-fever epidemics. It also has the Society of Entrepreneurs Hall where visitors can discover the secrets of Memphis' most successful and how they have impacted business worldwide.

Sun studio

706 Union Ave. www.sunstudio.com. Visitors can take a guided tour through the birthplace of rock 'n roll and discover the history of the most famous recording studio in the world, where the blending of Blues and Country music came together and formed Rock 'n Roll. You can hear outtakes from recording sessions, touch Elvis' first mike and see the loads of memorabilia and the complete story of the studio that launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and many more.

Graceland

3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard. www.elvis.com. The birthplace of its most famous son, Memphis is synonmous with Elvis Presley. Here at his 14 acre estate, thousands still come to view the place where Elvis lived and died. Mansion tours are conducted with the audios done by Lisa Marie, (Elvis' daughter) and Elvis himself. You can view personal items and a trophy building collection of gold records, career mementos, stage costumes, jewellery and photographs. The tour ends at the Meditation Garden, where the graves of Elvis, his parents and grandmother are. Every August and January, thousands of fans come to bear candle-lit vigils in memory of " The King of Rock 'n Roll".

Pyramid Arena

1 Auction Ave. Nestling on the banks of the Mississippi, the arena is housed in a 32 storey stainless steel pyramid, which has more than a half a million square feet of usable space. It is one of the most uniquely designed structures in the world and is the 3rd largest pyramid in the world and stands taller than the Statue of Liberty. The sports and entertainment facilities have hosted national basketball tournaments, concerts and family shows. The Pyramid Gallery of Stars have photographs of stars in the entertainment and sports fields.

Glasshouse

383 South Main. This is not only a wine/coffee bistro selling Italian grilled panini sandwiches, soups, salads, gourmet coffees, fine wines and cheeses, but it is also a handblown glass studio and is the only gallery to exclusively feature studio glass. Glass blowing is done regularly, so while you enjoy your light meal, the resident glassblower will keep you entertained.

Libertyland Amusement Park

940 Early Maxwell Blvd. http://www.libertyland.com. For high speed thrills and spills, this amusement park provides it with over 20 rides, like The Thriller, a 24 ft. multi-coloured inflatable slide and Park's Peak, a rock wall and bungee jump combonation. It also has the second oldest operating wooden roller-coaster, the Zippin Pippin, which predates to 1912 and was Elvis' favourite waterride.There are also water race games where you match wits and reflexes and the more you win, the bigger the prizes.

Mud Island

125 N Front Str. This park has the unique exhibit of the geological profile of the Mississippi River. The water cascades down the wall of streams and enters into longer rivers which all wind into the Mississippi.

The museum here preserves and promotes the natural and cultural history of the Lower Mississippi River valley.

You can experience the river first hand and get active on the island by going out on a canoe, kayak or float in the model of the Gulf of Mexico in a pedal boat or even sleep over at the banks of the mighty Mississippi River

Info at www.mudisland.com

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Ride The Ducks - Tourist Attraction

Entertaining captains narrate this land and water sightseeing adventure aboard amphibious vehicles. Tours depart frequently from the corner of Third and Beale Streets in Downtown Memphis. 901-521-DUCK

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