October 24th and 25th, 2023

Hilton Memphis

West Tennessee Special Education Conference

While in Memphis for the conference, explore some of the amenities this great city has to offer.


Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid


Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid is more than just a store; it's an adventure. The massive destination experience offers something for everyone, from the serious outdoor enthusiast to families looking to have fun. There's nothing else like it anywhere in the world.Highlights:

  • Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center

  • Big Cypress Lodge

  • Beretta Fine Gun Center

  • 28-Story Freestanding Glass Elevator

  • The Lookout at the Pyramid

  • Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill

  • Cypress Swamp Waterfowl Habitat




Beale Street


In the heart of downtown Memphis with three blocks of nightclubs, restaurants and retail shops, the Beale Street entertainment district is a melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll, R&B and gospel. With cold drinks and hot music, Beale Street is one of the coolest places in Memphis.




Cotton Museum


Until recently, the Memphis Cotton Exchange was only accessible to members and their guests.  The legendary floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange is now open to the public. It has been painstakingly restored and is devoted to sharing the story of cotton the crop that created empires, transformed American culture, and changed the history of a nation and the world. 




Dixon Gallery and Gardens


The Dixon Gallery and Gardens is an art museum within 17 acres of gardens, established in 1976, and located at 4339 Park Avenue. 


The museum focuses on French and American impressionism and features works by Monet, Degas, and Renoir, as well as pieces by Pierre Bonnard, Mary Cassatt, Marc Chagall, Honoré Daumier, Henri Fantin-Latour, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Berthe Morisot, Edvard Munch, Auguste Rodin, and Alfred Sisley, as well as an extensive collection of works by French Impressionist artist Jean-Louis Forain. The museum also houses the Stout Collection of 18th-century German porcelain. With nearly 600 pieces of tableware and figures, it is one of the finest such collections in the United States.


The Dixon also features a comprehensive schedule of original and traveling exhibitions of fine art and horticulture.


The museum sits within four principal outdoor sculpture gardens with Greco-Roman sculpture. Its site was acquired by the Dixons in 1939, and landscaped in the English Garden style with open vistas adjacent to smaller, intimate formal spaces. The major areas within the gardens are the Cutting Garden, Formal Garden, South Lawn, and Woodland Gardens.




Elvis Presley’s Graceland


This is the perfect time to experience Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis. Three new, limited-time exhibits celebrating the life, career and legacy of Elvis Presley have been added to the estate to celebrate the 35th anniversary.




Lichterman Nature Center


Located in the heart of metropolitan Memphis, the Lichterman Nature Center features exciting new exhibits, lush gardens featuring native wildflowers and trees, and a tradition of excellence in environmental education set in the midst of 65 acres of lake, meadow, and forest. Visitors can enjoy nature walks, wildlife programs, plant sales, festivals and many other entertaining activities designed to expose and build connections between the participants and the natural world.




Memphis Botanic Garden


The Memphis Botanic Garden is a 96-acre botanical garden located in Audubon Park at 750 Cherry Road. Memphis Botanic Garden is open to the public daily, where guests can take a stroll through the many gardens on the grounds. There is also a children's garden, called My Big Backyard, which is very popular with Memphians and out-of-towners. 




Memphis Food Scene


Looking for that perfect restaurant while you're in Memphis. Look no further. Memphis Travel offers a comprehensive guide to the best eatin' in the city.




The Memphis Zoo


Ranked one of the best zoos in the United States, the Memphis Zoo provides visitors with world class exhibits. It's one of the few zoos in the world to have Giant Pandas. See animals from all over the world in beautiful, natural exhibits.




The Mississippi River


Take in a sunset or just admire the power of the mighty Mississippi River in downtown Memphis.


National Civil Rights Museum


The National Civil Rights Museum is a privately owned complex of museums and historic buildings in Memphis, Tennessee, which traces the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. The museum is built around the former Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Two other buildings and their adjacent property, also connected with the King assassination, are part of the museum complex as well.




Overton Square


Overton Square brings together people of all ages to shop, work out, eat, or be entertained in a relaxed yet sophisticated environment, all served with a side of authentic Midtown Memphis. Overton Square is home to thriving businesses anchored by four live-performance theaters and a multi-screen movie theater. Local developers have cultivated this local landmark into a new kind of arts and entertainment district that is a destination for locals and visitors alike. 


Restaurants in Overton Square include:


  • Babalu Tacos and Tapas

  • Bayou Bar and Grill

  • Belly Acres

  • Boscos Squared

  • Golden India

  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar

  • Lafayette's Music Room

  • Lenny's Sub Shop

  • Local Gastropub

  • Mama Gaia in Ballet Memphis

  • Memphis Pizza Cafe

  • Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar

  • Zebra Lounge


Also, take advantage of the numerous retail outlets, services and entertainment options available in Overton Square.


  • The Art Project Memphis

  • Ballet Memphis

  • Breakaway Running

  • Cardio Barre

  • Circuit Playhouse

  • CrazyBeautiful

  • Delta Groove Yoga

  • Gould's On The Square

  • Hattiloo Theatre

  • Iberia Bank ATM

  • Malco Studio on the Square

  • Overton Square Public Parking Garage

  • Playhouse on the Square

  • Sweet Noshings

  • The Atrium

  • The Attic

  • The Square Olive

  • Theatreworks

  • Tower Courtyard of Overton Square




The Peabody Hotel Ducks


The original ducks have long since gone, but after 75 years, the marble fountain in the hotel lobby is still graced with ducks. The Peabody ducks march at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. 




Wolfchase Galleria


Wolfchase Galleria is a premier indoor shopping mall in the Mid-south. Whatever you are shopping for, you’ll find it at Wolfchase Galleria. Wolfchase Galleria is conveniently located at I-40 and Germantown Parkway. You may take exit 16 or exit 18. Wolfchase Galleria features Dillard's, JC Penney, Macy's and Sears plus 120 of the most exciting stores in the Mid-South. Specialty stores include Coach, Forever 21, Fossil, Bachrach, Sephora, and Teavana.  While you're shopping at Wolfchase Galleria be sure to enjoy a variety of delicious foods at your favorite eateries located in the Food Court. To make your trip complete, take in the latest movie at the Malco Theatre or a ride on the fantasy carousel.




Free Things to Do in Memphis


Memphis offers many fun free things to do. The list goes on and on, so click on the link below to check them out!