Want to spend 2 days in Memphis?

Whether you’re planning a stop in Memphis during a road trip through the American South, or hoping to take an entire weekend trip to Memphis, I’ve got you covered.

Memphis was the place I took my very first solo trip, so it holds a special place in my heart.

I hope you have as much fun there as I did.

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I’ve arranged each activity in order of the most logical way to complete them, in relation to their geographic proximity to each other and operating hours.

One thing to note is that the National Civil Rights Museum is closed on TUESDAYS, so if day 2 of your 2 days in Memphis is going to be on a Tuesday, you can flip the 2 days around.

Day 1 in Memphis

Graceland

Address: 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN 38116 (parking lot address) 

Admission: Varies. Adult tickets from $39.75  – $169. See my recommendation below. $10 for parking, if needed. 

Hours: Vary greatly depending on the season, but usually fall between 9:00AM and 5:00PM.

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Graceland is only about a 5 minute drive from Memphis International Airport, so it makes sense to visit it first thing if you fly in. The only minor logistics thing here is luggage. If you rent a car (which you don’t technically need to see the main Memphis attractions), then you can just leave your bags in the car as you explore Graceland.

If you use ride sharing, then you have two options: go to your hotel first, drop off your bags, then head back to Graceland (this wasn’t an option for me since I travel on a shoestring) OR just bring a small bag and store it in the lockers at Guest Services which are 12inches wide x 22inches long x 27inches deep.

I spent about 4 hours at Graceland and purchased the equivalent of the Elvis Entourage VIP Tour. It was $96.50 and would have been $101.50 if I had included a visit to Elvis’ airplanes.

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It included the following things:

  • Graceland Mansion Audio-Guided Tour with New Orientation Film
  • Self-guided tour of Presley Motors Automobile Museum
  • Self-guided tour of Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum
  • Self-guided tours of Elvis Discovery Exhibits
  • Self-guided tour of Exclusive VIP Exhibit

PLUS

  • Front-of-the-Line Mansion Access
  • Keepsake Backstage Pass

Is Graceland worth the trip?

Yes, but I didn’t feel like this level of ticket was worth it because I wasn’t an Elvis super fan. Elvis Presley died 15 years, 364 days before I was born, so I grew up seeing him as a cultural moment, rather than a musician to invest time and interest in.

So, while I was excited to learn more about his brand of rock n’ roll and the impact he had on a generation, the 4 hours I spent in his home were a little overwhelming and felt too long.

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So, if you are just there for the history and fun, and not like the man from Alabama that I asked to take a photo of me in front of the mansion who visits every year and tears up when he talks about Elvis, you should opt for the Elvis Experience Tour for $59, which includes the following things:

  • Graceland Mansion Audio-Guided Tour with New Orientation Film
  • Self-guided tour of Presley Motors Automobile Museum
  • Self-guided tour of Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum
  • Self-guided tours of Elvis Discovery Exhibits

This way, you get to see the wonder that is the shag carpet inside of Graceland, Elvis’ cool car collection, and learn a little bit about his life, but not be bombarded by nostalgia that you can’t really feel.

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Sun Studios

Address: 706 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 at the corner of Marshall and Union

Admission: Adults $14 / Military, Students, & AAA  $12 / Kids 5 -11 FREE / Kids under 5 not permitted. 

Hours: Sun Studio is open 7 days a week from 10AM – 6:15PM. Tours begin at the bottom half of every hour from 10:30AM – 5:30PM.

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There is a free shuttle from Graceland to Sun Studio, so if you time your visit right, you won’t have to pay for a ride share. The Shuttle picks up and drops off every hour at the top of the hour, from 10:00AM – 6:00PM. You can find the shuttle at the cab stand at Graceland’s entrance.

Sun Studio is known worldwide as “The Birthplace of Rock’n’roll.” Legends like B.B. King, Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis have recorded at Sun Studio. In fact, it’s the place where Elvis recorded his first ever song.

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And you can hold the microphone that made it happen!

My tour lasted 45 minutes and was definitly a can’t miss Memphis attraction.

Beale Street

Your 2 days in Memphis wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Beale Street.

Beale Street is filled with bars, restaurants, and interestedly enough, ice cream shops. I don’t like going to bars alone, as I don’t really drink and frankly find the humming energy that they contain overwhelming without a familiar presence nearby, so I chose to visit

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A. Schwab Trading Co

 163 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103

Monday – Wednesday, 8:00AM – 5:00PM, Thursday 12:00PM- 6:00PM

Friday – Saturday, 12:00PM – 8:00PM, Sunday 11:AM – 5:00PM

to sit at the counter of its old fashion soda shop, chat with the nice man who gave me extra whipped cream on my milkshake, and later explore the store with all its oddities. If you find Beale Street too touristy, or prefer a more intimate vibe, try

Mollie Fontaine Lounge

679 Adams Ave, Memphis, TN 38105

Wednesday – Saturday, 5:00PM – ’til the spirits go to sleep

Closed Sunday – Tuesday

An antiques-filled Victorian house lounge which serves martinis & tapas and features local bands. I didn’t make it to Mollie’s, but my Airbnb host couldn’t stop raving about it. Next time!

Day 2 in Memphis

The National Civil Rights Museum

Address: 450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103 

Admission: Adults $16 / Seniors & Students with ID $14 / Kids 5-17 $13 / Members, Active Military, Kids under 4 FREE

Hours: Wednesday – Monday, 9:00am – 5:00pm, CLOSED EVERY TUESDAY 

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This is the most powerful and insightful museum that I’ve ever been to. It follows the journey of African Americans from the transatlantic slave trade all the way to #BlackLivesMatter, explaining in accessible detail things that were continually glossed over during my formal education.

As I made my way through the exhibits, I thought about the people whose first thought is “he was reaching!” when a young father is murdered by the police, or “she’s playing the race card” when a public figure comes forward about racist harassment.

“If they would just come here,” I thought. “If they could just see!” The deep, institutional roots that racism has in America have never been as clear as when I was in the National Civil Rights Museum.

Please, make visiting this museum a priority, even if you only have 2 days in Memphis. I left feeling embarrassed of how much I didn’t know, convicted by what I learned, and inspired to do better.

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Stroll along the Mighty Mississippi at Tom Lee Park

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Tom Lee Park is only about a 5 minute walk from the National Civil Rights Museum and a relaxing place to stroll, sit, or sunbathe. It offers great views of the Mighty Mississippi, the Memphis Skyline, and even Arkansas across the river.

As I sat on a bench in Tom Lee Park, the peacefulness, the feeling of community, and the natural wonder of the river made me feel like I wouldn’t mind calling Memphis home. I left wanting to spend way more than 2 days in Memphis.

Redneck Heaven: The Bass Pro Pyramid in Memphis

Address: 1 Bass Pro Dr, Memphis, TN 38105

Admission: free. $10 for the elevator ride to the lookout deck. 

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8:00AM – 10:00PM, Sunday 8:00AM – 7:00PM.

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Visiting the Bass Pro Pyramid directly after the National Civil Rights Museum was definitly jarring, in terms of cultural contrast, but still enjoyable.

I’m from Texas, but was still overwhelmed by the overall southernness of the complex. If you’re a Yankee, or not American, it’s a great place to really get inside the mind of a good ‘ole country boy who likes huntin’,fishin’, and lovin’ everyday.

I think that the $10 to ride the elevator to the observation deck was worth it, as the view was amazing and the experience of riding a freestanding elevator was also fun. You could easily spend over an hour exploring the store.

Visit the Peabody Ducks

Address: 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

Admission: FREE

Hours: The Ducks arrive everyday at 11:00AM and retire for the evening at 5:00PM. 

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My mom lived in Memphis when she was in Jr. High School and stayed at the Peabody Hotel at the beginning of her life there. She remembered being delighted by the Peabody Duck Parade, so I made it a priority to visit during my 2 days in Memphis.

I thought the ducks looked cute, swimming around in the fountain. I liked the ringmaster-esque costume of the Peabody Duckmaster. I thought the booming classical music that accompanies the duck march was fun. I’ve read that others think the Peabody Duck Parade is overhyped or not worth it, but I enjoyed it.

Maybe it was because of my sentimental attachment to the event, or maybe because it was a good excuse to wander around the ornate inside of the hotel, but I didn’t find it lame at all. I’d also recommend following the ducks up to their penthouse. It’s pretty cute.

The best viewing for the Peabody Duck Parade is on the second story, directly behind the fountain.

Have Dinner at Gus’ Fried Chicken

Address: 706 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 at the corner of Marshall and Union

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11:00AM – 9:00PM, Friday – Saturday 11:00AM – 10:00PM

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No 2 days in Memphis would be complete without some delicious Gus’ Fried Chicken.

Allergy note: if it’s fried at Gus’, it’s fried in peanut oil.

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I was so excited about touring Graceland.

In fact, it’s one of the reasons to visit Memphis that really drew me in.

My friend had given me a Buddy Pass on Southwest Airlines to visit her in Florida, but since she had a bundle of them that was expiring, I ended up with an extra that I needed to use within two weeks.

I thought to myself, “Where can I go alone that’s a direct flight from Houston?” When I thought of touring Graceland, the glorious home of Elvis Presley, as well as paying my respects at the National Civil Rights Museum, I knew I wanted to visit Memphis.

But when I arrived at Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38116, I didn’t expect to feel so sad. But I did anyway. Here’s why:

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I’m not an Elvis super fan.

He died 15 years, 364 days before I was born, so I grew up seeing him as a cultural moment, rather than a musician to invest time and interest in. Sure, I like his songs and know his general story, but my parents were born a little too late to appreciate him, and my grandmothers didn’t have the time to be fangirls, so I didn’t know much more than Jail House Rock.

Before touring Graceland, I only knew of Elvis the phenomenon, not Elvis the person, so I was excited to learn more about his brand of rock n’ roll and the impact he had on a generation.

Seeing his home really shifted my perspective.

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From Phenom to Friend

Before visiting, I didn’t know Elvis’ life started in tragedy; that his twin brother Jessie Garon Presley was stillborn in a tiny shotgun home in Tupelo, Mississippi, an event that caused the Presley family to cling together and love each other more fiercely than before.

I knew vaguely of Elvis’ religious background, but the exhibits throughout Graceland painted the picture of a man of great faith with a heart for the nations.

I heard mention after mention of Elvis’ generosity towards his community and fellow man, coupled with his intense desire that his philanthropy be anonymous.

As much as Elvis was “the voice of a generation” or “the king of rock n’ roll,” it really just seemed like he was boy with a voice trying to do a little good. It made me sad to think he was ever portrayed otherwise.

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Too Much Too Fast

It was the little things at Graceland that made the biggest impact.

Like when I learned that Elvis, nervous for his first day on set of his first motion picture, memorized everyone’s lines instead of just his own, just in case, indicating how naive about, and yet wholeheartedly committed to, Hollywood he was. Elvis went on to star in 27 films in the 1960’s. 27. And that’s in addition to all his singing.

It made me sad to hear that his non “teen beach movies” failed, as he wanted to do serious work. The public just didn’t want to buy “off brand Elvis,” so he had to stick to the formula…27 times.

His pompadoured black hair. His guitar. His bedazzled jumpsuits. Even his “thank ya, thank ya very much.” Those weren’t Elvis. Those were his brand; trademarks assigned to him, then taken from him, and exaggerated into something that would sell.

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When I went to Guest Services at Graceland to ask a question, there were two women ahead of me in line, both in their late 60s. They were little girls when Elvis was at the top of his game, but they still loooooved him. One of them was even wearing blue suede shoes.

Their enthusiasm was infectious and reminded me of how I speak about literally ever boyband member ever, but it also reminded me of the voyeuristic relationship that the public often has with our favorite celebrities.  We feel like we know them, but we only know their persona. It’s totally one-sided.

While we (the public) were giddy in love with Elvis, he was working himself to death, turning to substances in the process to comfort himself.

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Gone Too Soon

The Meditation Garden at Graceland is what really got to me.

I had to sit down for a moment I was so overwhelmed. Elvis is resting there, along with the family he loved so dearly. His parents, Vernon and Gladys Presley, as well as his grandmother, Minnie Mae. There’s even a memorial for his twin brother, Aaron.

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I say resting emphatically, because while touring Graceland, I learned resting is something Elvis never really got to while living. 42 years. 27 movies. 19 albums. Countless concerts.

He was tired.

We, the public, took from Elvis. A once poor boy with an extraordinary voice and charismatic smile. A generous man who was overwhelmed by the needs of the world. We could never get enough of him. And eventually we took too much.

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The eternal question for those planning a trip to Tennessee: Memphis or Nashville? Which one to visit?

Both cities are jewels in the Volunteer State’s crown, brimming with fun things to do, places to go, and people to meet, but if you only have time for one, it can be hard to pick.

I’ve been to and loved both, so here’s a little information on the difference between Memphis and Nashville to help inform your choice.

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The first thing you need to do when planning a Tennessee vacation is decide what “genre” your trip will be. Are you going on a buisness trip and looking for fun things to do on the side? A girls trip? A family vacation?

Within those genres, figure out what kinds of things your group is interested in. Boozy brunches? Museum crawls?

Then you’re ready to learn more about each city.

Memphis: Country Foundations and Civil Rights History

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Memphis is a place for history lovers. Whether that’s civil rights history or the foundations of country music is up to you.

Highlights in Memphis include the following things:

  • Graceland 

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The famous estate of the late and great Elvis Presley, now expanded into a small museum compound with exhibits exploring his life, his celebrity, and his impact on country music and the “rock ‘n’ roll” generation. When I went, there were women in their 50s and 60s who were at fangirl level 100000 and were literally wearing blue suede shoes.

It’s probably what I’ll be like when I visit Harry Styles’ house museum when I’m their age. Graceland is also a gateway to a cluster of other museums and recording studios in the city of Memphis that offer glimpses into how country music got rollin’.

  • National Civil Rights Museum

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The most poignant and thoughtful museum I’ve ever been to. It took me a good three hours to progress through the exhibits and I could’ve easily spent more time there.

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It lays out the journey of African Americans from the Transatlantic Slave Trade to #BlackLivesMatter and should be required viewing for all Americans, especially now. If you choose Memphis in the Memphis or Nashville debate, please, make every effort to visit.

  • Redneck Heaven at the Bass Pro Pyramid 

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Y’all. Even as a native Texan, I was blown away by the southernness of the Bass Pro Pyramid in Memphis.

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what it means to be a good ‘ole country boy who loves huntin’, fishin’, and lovin’ everyday, you gotta take it in. When I say that Memphis offers a glimpse into the foundations of “country,” I definitly don’t mean just the music.

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Nashville is for country music aficionados and people who love to party. It is Nashvegas after all.

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Highlights in Nashville include the following things:

  • Grand Ole’ Opry / Ryman Auditorium 

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The Show that Made Country Music Famous! Country lovers should jump at the chance to attend a show (or take a tour!) of this iconic southern stage. All the greats have graced it, including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and even Elvis himself. The show’s original home, the Ryman Auditorium, is also still operational for tours and shows.

If you visit Nashville during the winter, the Opry even does a stint there each year during this time, which is sure to be a treat.

  • Broadway

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Many people visit Nashville because they like to party. For those who live in NYC, Boston, and even Chicago, Vegas can be too long of a flight for a quick weekend trip, so Nashville is the sweet spot for a good time.

In the Memphis or Nashville debate, when it comes to nightlife, the match up is between Beale Street in Memphis and Broadway in Nashville, and because of it’s authenticity, Nashville comes out on top for people looking to live it up.

Final Thoughts: Memphis or Nashville

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Both cities are easy to get to. Both cities are fun. Both cities have infinite things to do.

You honestly can’t go wrong. It just depends on what you are looking for.

If you’re looking to catch the concert of a lifetime and hit the town with your girls, then Nashville is the right choice for you. If you prefer a look into the history of country music and the American South, head to Memphis.

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Looking for things to do in Nashville with kids?

Music City can be very drinking and dancing oriented, so if you are looking for a more family-friendly (or sober!) day in Tennessee’s Capital, here’s what you can do:

3 Things To Do in Nashville with Kids

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My students and I at the Parthenon in Nashville. We’re starting a girl band.

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Take a Tour of the Grand Ole Opry

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The Grand Ole’ Opry, the show that made country famous! Even if you aren’t a big country music fan, it’s one of the top things to do in Nashville with kids, even if you are just passing through, because of the immense cultural mark it’s left on the city.

The Opry is also the place to work for those looking to break into the country music scene. Think about it: does your day job give you access to your creative industry’s greats?

Be sure to share a smile with everyone: the ticket sellers, the tour guides, and even the security guards, because you never know, you might be singing along to their music soon.

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The security guard who checked my purse had the smoothest, radio-perfect DJ voice I’ve ever heard. Turns out, he spins for a local station at night! Dierks Bentley also used to work on the grounds, but got kicked out for crashing too many parties! He got the last laugh though, when he was inducted into the Opry in 2005.

Your best bet is to take the daytime tour, which begins with a video introduction from Opry-member and hitmaker Blake Shelton. The video started when I was still around the corner, so I definitly felt disappointed when I saw that it wasn’t really him.

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One of the dressing rooms at the Opry.

Our tour lasted just under an hour and took us through the ornate dressing rooms, the loading docks, recording studios, and even onto the stage itself. As we walked around the corner and out onto the Famous Ryman Circle, I closed my eyes for a moment and tried to imagine what it would be like as an artist experiencing this hallowed stage for the very first time.

I teared up as I stood where Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and even Carrie Underwood have performed…and I can’t even sing! I imagine it to be an even more special experience for aspiring musicians.

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Singing in the famous circle.

Essential Info:

  • You can reserve tours up four weeks in advance. Book ASAP as they tend to sell out — especially during the summer.
  • The website for Grand Ole Opry Tour Reservations is here.
  • Tickets are $27 for 12+ and $22 for 4-11. Children under 4 are free.

Explore the Parthenon and Centennial Park

Can’t make it to Greece? No problem! Nashville has a full-size model of the Parthenon. Having been to both, I can confidently say that the one in Nashville is actually quite a bit cooler because it’s not in ruins.

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While the Parthenon in Athens is cool because it’s where the history actually happened, the Parthenon in Nashville is one of the best things to do in Nashville with kids because it allows you to step into history and really get an idea of just how amazing the original was in all of its glory.

In addition to all the splendor of the Greek temple, the Parthenon in Nashville offers visitors a look into the history of Nashville and the 1897 Centennial Exposition for which it was constructed. The building also serves as Nashville’s art museum.

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After you visit, be sure to wander around Centennial Park, as there’s great landscaping and places to sit and relax. You also never know who you might meet! My group ran into WWII vet. When one of my students noticed the man’s Air Force cap and thanked him for his service, he told us the riveting story of how he cheated death.

He had been working around the clock training pilots on an aircraft carrier and was essentially a dead man walking due to exhaustion. His commander broke protocol and had mercy on him, sending him to rest instead of fly the next drill. The plane he would have been on was shot down. He was so emotional when he told the story that I cried, my student cried, and pretty much everyone standing in the lobby of the Parthenon cried.

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Essential Info:

  • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9AM to 4:30PM, Sunday, 12:30PM to 4:30PM, Closed Monday.
  • Tickets are $4 for 4 – 17 & 62+ and $6 for 18-61. Children under 4 are free.
  • Plan to spend about 60 – 90 minutes exploring the Parthenon and the park.

Relax with an Orange Soda at the Pharmacy

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I honestly still dream about the orange soda I got at the Pharmacy. It was like drinking a creamsicle cloud.

If you want to grab a tasty burger, sausage, or sandwich at a cute shop with a fun outdoor eating area, don’t miss the Pharmacy while you’re in Nashville!

Essential Info:

  • Located at 731 McFerrin Avenue Nashville, Tennessee 37206
  • Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11AM to 10PM and Friday through Saturday, 11AM to 11PM.

Bonus: Spend the Day Volunteering

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Some of my team at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville.

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The reason for my trip to Nashville was on a week-long service trip with some teenagers from my church. We spent a week pouring love and acts of service into the city of Nashville.

Although Nashville is a fun, upbeat place, there are still overwhelming amounts of unmeet needs throughout the city. Volunteering as a family is great one of the best things to do in Nashville with kids because it’s a way to make a small impact in the lives of Nashville’s vulnerable populations as well as your own.

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Interested in Volunteering in Nashville? Music City is a great place to give back.

I spent a week in Nashville partnering with local organizations that serve the city’s vulnerable populations, which showed me that there are a lot of unmet needs in Nashville.

Working with folks on the ground who have volunteer “shift work” ready to go is an ethical and easy way to help out. They know what the needs are, but just need some extra pairs of hands — yours!

So, whether you’re just in town for the music or you’re ready to call it your home, here are three places that you can make a big impact!

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Nashville Rescue Mission

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Some of my students making kool aid before we served lunch to the Mission’s clients.

Nashville Rescue Mission is one of the best places to do volunteering in Nashville simply because the scope of its impact. Its plan is to bring hope for today, hope for tomorrow, and hope for eternity to the people of Nashville.

You can partner with the mission to provide a hot meal, clothing, and place to rest to Nashville residents, as well as invest in their brighter future.

The Mission says that, “we assess each individual’s situation and develop a plan specifically for them that will take them out of the situation they are now in and help them make plans for a better tomorrow.”

We worked at different organizations around Nashville for the week we were there, and my students literally begged me to assign them to a second shift at Nashville Rescue Mission. It’s a great place!

Women’s Campus

1716 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37208

Men’s Campus

639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203

  • Notes:

The minimum volunteer age is 10 years old. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

To sign up for a shift, please click here. If you plan to bring a big group, you should email or call first. Here’s the info: volunteer@nashvillerescuemission.org | 615-312-1544

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Second Harvest Food Bank Middle Tennessee

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The team at the food bank knows how to get things done! Instructions were very clear, so my team ran like a well-oiled machine after only 5 minutes of instructions.

Donating food, and assessing and sorting previous donations is a highly effective way of volunteering in Nashville. You can make a huge impact to stamp out hunger in Middle Tennessee in only a few hours.

There is always a need for more hands on deck, so you can look through the volunteering opportunities on the calendar here.

  • Notes:

Be sure to bring a jacket in case you are assigned to work in the 40-degree cooler.

You’ll need to create a Volunteer Hub account to register for your first shift.

The minimum age for volunteers is 12, except for Family Night on Thursday when the minimum age is 6. Volunteers under age 18 must have a youth volunteer waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Habitat of Humanity of Greater Nashville

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My team helped set up the “Restore” for its grand re-opening. We built the shelves you see behind us — rows and rows of them! I’ve never felt more handy.

There are so many opportunities to serve with Habitat for Humanity, so it’s one of the best places to go if you are interested in volunteering in Nashville.

If you live in the area and are confident with tools, registering here to help with a potential build is a great way to get involved. Habitat teams build 32-50 houses a year in Davidson, Wilson, Dickson, and Cheatham counties.

If you will be in Nashville for a short trip, or don’t feel comfortable on a construction site, then you can register to help in the “Restore” with opportunities to help customers, stock shelves, and sort donations Monday through Saturday, from 9AM – 5:30pM.

When I was there, the Restore had just moved into its awesome new location. My team and I had the opportunity to help set up and merchandise it. Over our three day stay, we were really able to see the impact every little bit of help makes, as the store went from an empty warehouse to a real store!

Sign up here!

  • Notes:

Restore Address 

414 Harding Place
Suite 110
Nashville, TN 37211

Three Tips for Volunteering in Nashville

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The manager of the Restore honestly had the coolest tattoos known to man. And let us listen to classic rock while we worked! Win win.

  • Dress to work!

You should always wear closed-toed, sensible shoes when volunteering in Nashville (or anywhere!). The places I partnered with during my visit would not allow you to work if you were not dressed appropriately, due to safety concerns.

It’s also a good idea to bring a hat and jacket in case you need to work outside or keep your hair out of you face.

  • Be early. 

I can’t stress this enough. Even if you are giving your time for free to an organization, the work you came to do still deserves your respect. Show up 15 minutes early, ready to work and listen to instructions.

  • Publicize it! 

Did you have a great time partnering with your organization? Do you really believe in its mission and wish others knew about it, too? An easy way to get the word out is to post a quick video on your Instagram stories (during your break!) letting your followers know where you are and how to get involved, or run a fundraiser on your Facebook once you get home.

Both are easy, high-impact ways to spread the word. Just make sure that the work is the focus, not you!

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