The Lookout at Bass Pro: Normally a giant Big Box store wouldn’t make the cut. But this happens to be the most recognizeable building on the Memphis Skyline with a 30 story restaurant overlooking downtown Memphis and the Mississippi River.
This is like the restaurant in the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It’s just a unique perspective in Memphis that’s hard to pass up.
There are tickets that you have to purchase to go up but that keeps the crowd down at the top. The food isn’t particularly exceptional, but it’s good enough. The highlight here is the views and the sheer.
I like to go about an hour before sunset and get drinks and appetizers while we watch the barges ply the river and evening settle over the city back to the east. Then we typically go into downtown for dinner.
I’ve even bought an annual membership that I use to take family and clients to a truly memorable time for luncheons and apres work socials.
They have a military discount and I’d recommend buying tickets early and calling ahead to reserve tables.
Memphis Botanic Gardens are an excellent recreational destination in East Memphis. The Gardens are well manicured as expected, but there are so many other facets of the Garden.
They sell annual memberships which are pretty inexpensive and they have lots of events at the Gardens which appeal to all ages.
“Live at the Garden”: The live sound stage and music series “Live at the Garden” has hosted everyone from Paul Simon, the Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Roberta Flack, Sugarland, The Band Perry, Ray Charles, etc… the list goes on and on with great performers. These concerts are lots of fun and the venue is really cool and well done.
Fratelli’s Café: Is a fun little Garden spot with fresh salads and sandwiches.
If you’re looking for a fun and pretty place to grab lunch, then this is a good spot.
My Big Back Yard: For some ages and stages, this is the most important attribute of the Garden. They’ve carved out a vast expanse of their beautiful park and made it a winner for young families and littles. They have daily events like Caterpillar Club for children to learn about nature. The large educational play area is a great place to play for children as little as 18 months all the way up to elementary school. We love My Big Back Yard which by itself is worth the annual park membership.
They also have art events, farmer’s markets with CSA produce delivery, as well as crafts fairs, etc. Memphis Botanic Gardens is a wonderful cornerstone for the East Memphis community.