Visit Graceland and explore other top things to do in Memphis

A stay at Radisson Hotel Memphis - University places you near the city’s top things to do and see, including the National Civil Rights Museum and Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. Music-lovers can enjoy festivals and tour the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum as well as iconic places like Sun Studio. In town with the whole family? Kid-friendly fun abounds at the Memphis Zoo, the Children’s Museum of Memphis, and the outdoor adventures of Shelby Farms Park, just 15 minutes from the hotel. If you’re looking for the city’s best shopping, dining, and live performances, you can drive about 20 minutes to downtown locations like Beale Street and FedExForum. We also offer the perfect location for sports fans coming to town to catch a game at Autozone Park, the University of Memphis, or the TPC Southwind golf course, which hosts the FedExCup.

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Beale Street

9.1 mi / 14.64 km from the hotel
You can find breweries, nightclubs, specialty shops, and restaurants along Beale Street in downtown Memphis. Home of the blues, this famous historic district hosts festivals and outdoor concerts, making it a popular tourist destination.


7.24 mi / 11.66 km from the hotel
Tour Graceland, the 14-acre home of Elvis Presley, to get a glimpse of nearly every room where Elvis spent time, including one of his favorites—the Jungle Room. The tour also includes the Trophy Building that houses his collection of records.

National Civil Rights Museum

9.6 mi / 15.45 km from the hotel
At this museum, you can learn about the civil rights movement through the voices of those who led it. The site showcases rotating exhibits and hosts special speakers and events to commemorate one of the nation’s most pivotal crusades.

Shelby Farms Park

5.76 mi / 9.27 km from the hotel
This 4,500-acre park offers zip-lining at Go Ape Treetop Adventure, plus laser tag, paintball, and an expansive children’s playground. Bike or run on the Shelby Farms Greenline, a nearly 11-mile paved path that runs from Midtown Memphis to Cordova.

The Children’s Museum of Memphis

5.32 mi / 8.57 km from the hotel
Your kids can dig for dinosaur fossils, create a work of art in the Doodlebug Studio, and practice their hoop skills on the 19 trick-shot basketball goals. In the summer, the museum features a splash pad to keep your family cool.


9.35 mi / 15.05 km from the hotel
You can catch Memphis Grizzlies basketball games at this multipurpose arena with seating for more than 18,000 fans. Check the schedule for concerts by artists like Cher, The Doobie Brothers, and Slipknot.

Sun Studio

8.75 mi / 14.07 km from the hotel
A National Historic Landmark since 2003, these recording studios have heard the likes of Elvis, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, and U2. Tour the studio facilities, listen to old outtakes, and see memorabilia from iconic artists.

Memphis Botanic Garden

2.48 mi / 3.99 km from the hotel
Started in 1953, this 96-acre park offers beautiful gardens showcasing plants from irises and roses to conifers. Fun places to stop include the butterfly garden and the Big Backyard for children. Events and classes are offered throughout the year.

Mud Island River Park

10.62 mi / 17.09 km from the hotel
Famous for its skybridge crossing the Mississippi, this park offers well-developed play areas and shelters. You can bike, cool off in the water, or rent a kayak or a paddle board for the morning. Then enjoy a picnic on the banks of the river.

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

9.44 mi / 15.19 km from the hotel
Music fans will love this museum’s digital audio tour that includes more than 300 minutes of information chronicling Memphis’ contribution to blues, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll. Browse seven galleries with more than 30 instruments and 40 costumes.

Memphis Zoo

7.24 mi / 11.65 km from the hotel
Tour this zoo for a fun-filled visit with thousands of animals, including Komodo dragons, red pandas, snow leopards, and rhinos.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

7.73 mi / 12.44 km from the hotel
Formerly Stax’s recording studios, this museum offers a look at American soul music and the artists who recorded here. Browse nearly 2,000 artifacts, and discover more through interactive exhibits, films, and galleries.