Looking to go INSIDE the world’s 7th largest pyramid? Then head to Bass Pro Shops in downtown Memphis, Tennessee where you’ll find more than “just” a shopping mecca for outdoorsmen, On a recent visit to Memphis (read more about our favorite spots in our Memphis City Guide) , we stopped at the once sports arena, now a 535,00 square foot Bass Pro Shops complex. Opened in 2015, Bass Pro Shops Memphis includes several shops, a hotel, several dining options, and tons of things to do.
13 Things to Do at Bass Pro Shops Memphis:
1. Check out the animals who guard the stop signs outside. A variety of wooden creatures can be found around the complex and the toddler crew will love searching for them.
2. Keep your eyes peeled for the alligators. There are 4 alligators who call the 84,000 gallon pit home (and don’t worry, they can’t get too close to visitors!
3. Choose a favorite species of fish and watch the waterfalls. There are daily fish feedings at 10am and 3pm that kids will enjoy. In total there are nearly 600,000 gallons of water features throughout the complex. Note: Keep a close eye on the toddler crew. The small bridges and paths, although close to the ground, are open or have wide roping which kids can easily slip through and fall into the streams.
4. Shop for everything from apparel, shoes, and hats to camping, fishing, and boating equipment to ATVs, boats, canoes, kayaks and everything else the adventurer might need. Smaller shops tailored to specific interests are located throughout the larger store complex.
5. Climb aboard some of the TRACKER boats available for purchase. Guests are allowed to climb aboard and explore the boats, which sit in the streams inside the complex.
6. Eat lunch or dinner at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill and check out the saltwater aquarium. Save time for a round of bowling at the Undersea Bowling Adventure, a 12 lane ocean themed bowling alley attached to the restaurant.
7. Grab dessert from the fudge store, which makes fudge and other candy treats daily.
8. Learn about the history of water fowling, conservation, and wetlands at the Ducks Unlimited National Waterfowling Heritage Center. There are numerous kiosks that share various identification about the habitats and taxidermy of waterfowls. There are also interactive 4D duck blind experiences and a display of waterfowl decoys.
9. Take a ride 28 stories up on the world’s tallest free standing glass elevator to The Lookout. The ride will make the 100 foot trees (inside the store) seem small! The observation deck at the top has a glass floor and 360 degree views of Memphis and the Mississippi River. The Lookout Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and includes options for kids, a separate dessert menu, and a large wine selection. There is a $10/per person $5/child fee for the ride.
10. Partake in one of the FREE family activities, which are typically offered on Thursday, Saturday, and Sundays.
11. Check the calendar for special events, especially around holidays. Santa visits each December and guests are welcome to visit with Santa and take home a free, printed photograph.
12. Adults can practice their target shooting at the 25 yard Pistol and Archery Range, located on the second floor of the store.
13. Stay overnight at the Big Cypress Lodge, a hotel INSIDE the pyramid with 103 rooms and suites, a spa, fitness center, and spaces for special events. More information about hotel amenities can be found here.