Traveling can get expensive, so it’s always nice when you can explore a new city without reaching for your credit card. Memphis offers plenty to see and experience that won’t cost you a dime. There are peaceful gardens, live music, museums, and more. Memphis offers more than enough no-cost experiences to fill the schedule of your entire trip!
Graceland’s Meditation Garden
Many people come through Memphis to discover Graceland and honor Elvis Presley. While most of what is offered at Graceland comes with a price, there is one
hidden gem that doesn’t cost a thing; the Meditation Garden. It is free from 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM each morning. This a great spot in Memphis to enjoy the morning, while also experiencing history. Visitors are able to pay their respects to Elvis Presley by visiting his gravesite that is located in the Garden.
Jam out at Levitt Shell
The Levitt Shell is another great spot in Memphis that doesn’t charge for admission while offering high-price experience. The Shell is in Overton Park and is home to shows performed by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash in the beginning of their careers. Levitt’s Shell has been around for a long time and holds much history. In 2008, a group of locals successfully were able to bring their funds together to prevent the space from being demolished. All performances are free and you’re able to bring in your own food and drink.
Beale Street Historic District
Memphis is known as more than just the birthplace of Elvis Presley. It’s also one of the country’s biggest blues hotspots. Greats like B.B. King, Robert Johnson, and Blind Mississippi Morris got their start on Beale Street and it still has a great blues scene today. When near Beale Street, be sure to stop by Handy Park to catch some unscheduled blues sessions from the local talent. Beale Street also has plenty of restaurants and is even home to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.
Visit Shelby Farms Park
Shelby Farms Park is a nature lover’s dream; it’s the perfect spot for a weekend hike. This massive park (five times the size of Central Park in New York City) provides stunning views of all of Memphis. It’s also a great spot for families. There is a large playground and plenty of trails for hikers of all skill levels. The park recently underwent an expansion project, so be sure to stop into the visitor’s center for a map.
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Dixon Gallery and Gardens in East Memphis offers something that all visitors can enjoy. You can visit the historic garden any Saturday from 10 AM – 12 PM. In addition to being open daily, there are plenty of picnics and outdoor concerts that will allow you to marvel at this great art collection for free throughout the year. Hugo and Margaret Dixon built the collection of art; when they passed away, it was willed to the city of Memphis.
Pink Palace Museum
The Pink Palace Museum combines a beautiful collection of art with all of the amenities of a modern gathering place. The museum is located in a mansion that was owned by Piggly Wiggle grocery store chain founder, Clarence Sanders. He has a unique collection of art and once the estate was turned into a museum, they added a small circus, an IMAX theater, and plenty of stores. This is a must-visit when in Memphis. You will be amazed at the sheer beauty of the building and all it has to offer.