Making a List, And Checking it Twice

52 things to do in Memphis, one for every week of the year.

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Dip your toes into the river — not the real thing; that’s risky — but the five-block-long model, complete with towns and bridges, at the Mississippi River Museum on Mud Island.



Listen to the carillons play at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, and test your eyesight by trying to find the carving of the building’s architect on the bell tower.



Take a driving tour of Elmwood Cemetery, a resting place for our city’s first citizens, and a collection of the best Victorian gravestones you’ll find anywhere.



Feed a giraffe at the Memphis Zoo — one of the few places where they don’t mind you playing with the animals.



Hop in a horse-drawn buggy (outside The Peabody) with your one and only for a twilight tour of downtown. See Beale Street the Cinderella way.



Take a FedEx hub tour. If you really want to see how packages get from New York to San Francisco overnight, this is absolutely, positively the best way to do it.



Walk a dog or pet a cat at the Humane Society or the animal shelter or other rescue organizations. It will make you — and them — feel good.



If you’re about to kick the bucket, you’d better go to church — specifically, a worship service at the Full Gospel Tabernacle, Rev. Al Green’s place.



Picnic in Shelby Farms Park or the Mississippi Greenbelt Park on the river.



Take in a movie at the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival in the elegant venue of Playhouse on the Square.



Engage in an antiquated form of geekery by renting a cult classic from Black Lodge Video in Cooper-Young. Pop it in your VCR or DVD player, and you’re ready to go: no buffering!



End your year of Memphis moments with a quiet, contemplative sunset stroll along the Mississippi in hidden-away Martyrs Park, south of Downtown.  


Compiled by

Greg Akers, Anna Cox, Michael Finger, Frank Murtaugh, Kenneth Neill, and Marilyn Sadler.



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