Memphis Walking Tour
Combine coffee, Confederates, and quackers, and what have you got — a great way to start your morning! Join in on this fascinating history tour, as you leisurely stroll through tree-lined downtown Memphis listening as your guide unfolds the story of this rowdy river town and its colorful inhabitants.
More Information on Historic
Memphis Walking Tour
The Historic Memphis walking tour visits sites relating to the city’s founding, the river and cotton trade, the Civil War, yellow fever epidemics, and late 19th century to early 20th century events.
The Mississippi riverfront and the parks and buildings of tree-lined Main Street hold a wealth of stories from Memphis’ colorful past. Hear stories about it’s tough frontiersmen like Davy Crockett and Sam Houston; dashing Confederate soldiers and Civil War spies; gamblers, speculators, and fancy ladies that arrived by steamboat and train; gangsters and machine bosses fueled by Prohibition-era greed.
Hear these stories and more on this walking tour of Historic Memphis as told by friendly, professional tour guides. They will provide you with a fun, unforgettable experience and captivate you with their own magical blend of storytelling as they bring history alive!
The tour stops briefly outside each site to hear detailed stories about the history of that place. You will be on your feet for the majority of the tour (90 minutes), but you will be walking at a leisurely pace and will also enter into city parks with benches if you do feel the need to sit down. A 20-minute breakfast stop for coffee and muffins at a local hangout is included. The tour will cover approximately 1 mile and is appropriate for all ages. A fun and interesting way to expose kids to history! Make your reservations and get your eTickets today to join the Historic Memphis Walking History Tour. Learn the fascinating story of this culturally and historically rich city.
Good To Know
- A 2-hour guided walk through historic downtown Memphis
- Civil War Sites (the Battle of Memphis and Forrest’s Raid)
- The famous Peabody Duck March (tour ends at the Peabody in time for duck march).
- Beale Street
- Main Street
- Lincoln American Tower
- Confederate Park
- Historic Court Square Fountain
- Civic Center
- Cotton Row – the “Wall Street” of Memphis
- Calvary Episcopal Church
- Sweeping views of the Mississippi River from the rooftop of the beautiful Madison hotel
- Appropriate for all ages and a great way to learn history
Memphis Terrific Tidbits
Browse our Travelin’ Fun page for trip tidbits, check out our favorite book on Memphis or spend some time reading through our Memphis blog! We love Memphis and hope you do too!