OPTIONAL FRIDAY NIGHT EXCURSION
Join us for an authentic American riverboat cruise 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. Buses will whisk us from the Holiday Inn to historic Beale Street, where you’ll have an hour to explore historic downtown Memphis, before walking one block down the bluff to Beale Street Landing. We’ll board at 7:00pm and at 7:30 will enjoy a BBQ dinner (pork or chicken) while enjoying the vistas and city skyline from the river. A cash bar is available should you want an adult beverage.
The Island Queen is a 100 foot long vessel with an enclosed first deck, a covered second deck, and a partially covered third deck. Her great outside vistas makes her a perfect vessel for sightseeing and day trips on the Mississippi river. The Island Queen has since been the preferred vessel for untold numbers sightseeing trips, dinner cruises, and private charters for all types of groups.
This is an OPTIONAL EXCURSION and includes charter bus transportation from the Holiday Inn University of Memphis round trip.
- Bus leaves hotel at 6:00pm
- Cruise leaves dock at 7:00pm
- Cruise returns to dock at 9:00pm
- Free time downtown: 9:00 – 10:30pm
- Buses return to U of M from Beale Street Landing at 10:30pm
Cost per person: $65.00
EXTEND YOUR STAY! MEMPHIS IS A GREAT TOWN for SIGHTSEEING!
The Rock and Soul Museum:
The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is the only Memphis museum which tells the complete story of Memphis music history as researched by the Smithsonian Institution. A Memphis Must See, this museum tells of the musical pioneers and legends of all racial and socio-economic backgrounds who, for the love of music, overcame obstacles to create the musical sound that changed the world. 191 Beale Street at the FedEx Forum.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland:
A must-see! You’ll leave with a new appreciation of the man and his vast musical influence on pop music in America and around the world. And of course, 2017 marks the fortieth anniversary of Elvis’ death. Yeah, you feel old now, doncha? 3765 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN
World Famous Beale Street:
From A Schwab’s novelties store, to BB King’s Blues Club (where BB and Lucille would often perform, unannounced), to the grand Orpheum Theater, Beale Street is where it happens. Hard Rock Memphis is here, and check out the Memphis Jazz Orchestra on Sunday nights at Alfred’s.
National Civil Rights Museum:
This premier museum in the city’s museum system is devoted to telling the story of the struggle for equal rights. Beginning on the slave ships, and tracking the story through the turbulent sixties, with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and up through the present day, this will forever change your worldview. Highly recommended.
Memphis Zoo with Panda Exhibit.
Memphis is home to a world-class zoo, with naturalized exhibits including the brand new Zambezi River Hippo Camp. But the star attraction is of course Ya Ya and Le Le, the two giant pandas. A beautiful place to spend an afternoon.
Peabody Hotel Ducks.
Relax in the ultra-elegant lobby bar of the Peabody as a group of ducks splashes quietly in the center fountain. See the “Duck Parade” daily at 11am and 5pm as the ducks come down from their rooftop “Duck Palace” to spend the day in the lobby, and then return in the evening. Yes, you can visit the rooftop, too!
See the iconic recording studio (still an active studio today!) where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Carl Perkins, and more recorded! Current artists who have recorded there include U2, Def Leppard, Bonnie Raitt, and Ringo Starr. 706 Union Avenue.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
The web site says, “We understand it’s hard not to dance when you listen to Stax tracks. While most museums don’t encourage dancing in the aisles, we invite you to shake what your mama gave you on the Express Yourself dance floor. Don’t worry if you don’t have the moves – you can pick up inspiration from the dancers on vintage episodes of Soul Train playing next to the dance floor.” 926 E. McLemore, Memphis.
Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid.
Yes, you really should go see this. From the aquarium and resident gators, up the world’s tallest indoor freestanding elevator to the rooftops which provide panoramic views of downtown and the Mississippi River, you’ll be amazed at what you see inside this former arena. There is a darn good restaurant and bar at the top also. Oh, and a hotel onsite. Google “basspro at the Pyramid”. 1 Bass Pro Drive, Memphis.
Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball.
The AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals play at Autozone Park, just a block north of Beale 3rd and Union Avenue, Memphis.