Area Attractions

Whether you’re a fan of the King or just a lover of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate is sure to please all. Tour the 14-acre estate, Elvis’ Automobile Museum and purchase Elvis memorabilia in the many gift shops.

The Orpheum Theater is a must-see for those who live by the lights of the stage. Named the “South’s Finest Theatre”, the Orpheum has presented more Broadway touring productions than any other theater in the country and is home to Ballet Memphis and Opera Memphis.

The Pink Palace Museum hosts numerous exhibits and events throughout the year. More than 240,000 tourists a year visit the Pink Palace to view the dinosaur exhibit, Civil War history and tour the medical exhibit to learn how Memphis grew to be a health care giant.

The Brooks Museum of Art is the largest fine arts museum in the state of Tennessee and is housed in the original Beaux Arts-style building with 29 galleries, exciting international exhibitions and the celebrated Brushmark restaurant.

Tour the exciting wildlife at the Memphis Zoo by browsing the Bengal tigers in Cat Country, viewing the Butterflies: In Living Color exhibit or picking your favorite monkey in Primate Canyon.

The Memphis Botanic Garden reigns as the garden showcase of the Mid-South, featuring 96 acres of beautiful sweeping vistas, lakes, woodland areas and 23 specialty gardens.

Tunica, Mississippi, known as the “South’s Casino Capital”, is home to nine casinos and just a short drive from Bonne Terre. With non-stop gaming along with top performers and entertainers, you can't go wrong with Tunica. There are also area attractions and events awaiting you year round, from sporting events, trade shows, festivals and more.

Memphis in May hosts the city's largest events throughout the month of May like the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and the Sunset Symphony. Memphis in May also produces extensive education, international and economic programs for the city.

The city of Oxford, Mississippi is a center of society and culture. One of the world's most well known authors is native son, William Faulkner, who used the city as a model for his fictional "Jefferson", and whose home, Rowan Oak is open to visitors year-round. Courthouse Square is the subject of John McCrady's painting, "Town Square".

The Historic DeSoto County Square in Hernando is unique because it was designed on the Spanish square, therefore having eight access roads instead of the usual four. The Square houses retail and specialty shops, restaurants and professional offices. The anchor of the square, the Courthouse, was built in 1942 after the previous French Castle courthouse burned in 1940.

The Desoto Civic Center is a multi-faceted arena home to many concerts, sporting events and performances. Its convenient location between Memphis and Tunica makes it ideal for any night of entertainment.

Shopping – From quaint town squares to upscale malls and trendy boutiques, Desoto offers so many venues you’re in store for a real shopping adventure.

Sports

For fast-paced basketball action, look no further than the Memphis Grizzlies taking on the NBA’s best at the FedEx Forum. Come watch an exciting team and enjoy an evening of fun for the entire family.

The University of Memphis brings athletic excitement at every opportunity. Whether it’s spirited Tiger football at the Liberty Bowl, a run at an NCAA title with Tiger basketball or a full line of talented baseball, soccer and tennis programs, you can be sure to join Tiger pride running strong throughout Memphis.

Downtown Memphis comes alive with the crack of a home run sailing out of the park as the Memphis Redbirds host games in gorgeous AutoZone Park. The Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals plays more than 75 home games a season in the finest minor league stadium in the country.

Turn toward the heart of Dixie and you’ll find another athletic program to grab your excitement. The University of Mississippi’s Ole Miss Rebels compete in the tough Southeastern Conference and feature solid athletic programs steeped in tradition just a short drive away in Oxford, Miss.

The Mississippi RiverKings light up the rink just four miles away from Bonne Terre at the Desoto Civic Center. Champions in 2002-2003, the RiverKings enter their 16th season of hockey competition and first wearing the name Mississippi.

With four golf courses nearby, Desoto County is a golfer’s paradise. Choose your course from the Cherokee Valley Golf Club, The Club at North Creek, Plantation Golf Club or Wedgewood Golfers Club. Two championship caliber courses, Cottonwoods Golf Course and Tunica National Golf & Tennis Club are located in nearby Tunica, Miss., just 20 minutes south of Memphis.

Arkabutla Lake is a sailor's haven, a fisherman's dream and a draw for hunters, campers and hikers. More than 2 million visitors per year come to Arkabutla Lake to relax in this outdoor paradise.

For more information on all attractions, contact the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau at 901.543.5300 and Desoto County Tourism at 662.393.8770.