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Going in Feb. over winter break with toddler who will be just shy of 3 then.  In-laws are meeting us and will be around for some babysitting here and there, but still it needs to be somewhat of a child-friendly trip because we can't take advantage and leave him behind the whole week.  I'm just jotting down ideas and wondering if anyone else has thoughts.

We fly in Sunday night and fly our Friday night.  Memphis seems like there's more to do than Nashville so I was thinking we'd spend the extra day there. 

Can't really pack the itinerary as much as I usually do, but here's what I got as far as rough notes (with some things needing to be cut probably).  I can't suggest anything wrestling-related really, but does Lawler have anything in town or is Mid-South Coliseum still around or was it demolished (I know it was closed). 

Monday, Feb. 17
Graceland (Elvis Experience Tour - $61 each; children free), 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM every day
Sun Studio
National Civil Rights Museum (MLK shot)

Tuesday, Feb. 18
Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum (9:30 AM – 7:00 PM), $13 children free  (combo ticket or choose one)
Blues HOF Museum (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM), $10 children free
Stax Museum (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM), $13 children free 
Beale Street (walking tour/drinks at night?)
Mud Island Riverwalk/Mississippi River

Wednesday, Feb. 19
Sun Studio (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM), $14, children NOT ALLOWED
Shelby Farm Park (6:00 AM – 8:00 PM) FOR KIDS
Memphis Zoo?
Children’s Museum of Memphis?
Drive to Nashville – 3 ½ hours

Thursday, Feb. 20
Free Walking Tour (https://www.freetournashville.com/tours.html)
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage (8:30 AM – 6:00 PM), $22 children free
Belle Meade Plantation (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM), $24 children free

Friday, Feb. 21
Grand Ole Opry Tour ($33) book online 2 weeks in advance
Ryman Auditorium (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM), $24.50 children free
Music Row Downtown Nashville
The Parthenon (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM), $6 children free
Flight to NY departs at 6:30 PM

 

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when we went to Memphis we took a day and drove to Oxford MS - the William Faulkner House is cool where he wrote all his books and downtown Oxford is a great college town to explore (Ole Miss) with one of the most famous bookstores in the country (forget the name) and the Ajax Diner is can't miss

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You are high if you think Mempho is a better second day than Nashville. It was a dirty, rundown shithole. But with that said, I think Graceland takes awhile. We did Sun Studios, it’s really cool and old. But Beale St is a dump. But definitely go to King Lawlers restaurant, the Unified and AWA belts are there in an ikea case getting bbq grease on them from the lack of ventilation fans. In Nashville, the Johnny Cash Museum is an absolute must.

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Ive never been to Tinosea. Mostly because Lawler the King and Elvis both suck. They're awful and their fans are worse.

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MSC is still there next to the Liberty Bowl.

Definitely stop by Prince's in Nashville for hot chicken.

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We’ve been planning this vacation for 2 months and then 2 hours after I posted this we got the bad news that my in-laws can’t join. So now we will have the kid the entire time, which makes this a very difficult trip. My wife and I will do the Sun Studios tour separately since it doesn’t allow children, but everything else must be toddler-friendly. No drinking, no concerts. This will be tough.

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srossi wrote: We’ve been planning this vacation for 2 months and then 2 hours after I posted this we got the bad news that my in-laws can’t join. So now we will have the kid the entire time, which means it’s gonna suck all kinds of ballsFixed.  You may as well scrap everything.  And don’t bother with the Children’s Museum, if you’ve seen the parents of the children of Memphis up close, you'd understand.  Just drive five hours instead and take the fan to Gatlinberg and Pigeon Forge to Dollywood.  With very young child, Nashville just became a drive-thru.

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Superstar wrote: srossi wrote: We’ve been planning this vacation for 2 months and then 2 hours after I posted this we got the bad news that my in-laws can’t join. So now we will have the kid the entire time, which means it’s gonna suck all kinds of ballsFixed.  You may as well scrap everything.  And don’t bother with the Children’s Museum, if you’ve seen the parents of the children of Memphis up close, you'd understand.  Just drive five hours instead and take the fan to Gatlinberg and Pigeon Forge to Dollywood.  With very young child, Nashville just became a drive-thru.
It is what it is. We have to try to make the best of it. He’s generally well-behaved and will get more screen time than usual to stay quiet. With his iPad he should stay occupied for some of the tours. Children are allowed most places except Sun. 3 is just a really bad age. 1 would be so much easier. I’d eat the cost of his airfare and leave him with my parents but we can’t do that either because he’s at an age where he’ll miss us too much for a week. 

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Sorry your vacation is ruined. *side note. I love the effort that n00b parents put into the first child.

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We’re now past that stage, but just let me say that children’s museums in general are more aggravating than they are worth.  Shit is not properly cleaned.  Kids sneezing, dripping, puking, pissing all over everything.  I think we went twice and followed the kid around with wipes and hand gel the entire time.  Then the pit of balls?  Hand-foot-mouth disease haven.  Would be cleaner to have him sit at the bar with you.

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Blazer wrote: We’re now past that stage, but just let me say that children’s museums in general are more aggravating than they are worth.  Shit is not properly cleaned.  Kids sneezing, dripping, puking, pissing all over everything.  I think we went twice and followed the kid around with wipes and hand gel the entire time.  Then the pit of balls?  Hand-foot-mouth disease haven.  Would be cleaner to have him sit at the bar with you.
Eh, I’m not a big fan of ball pits but other than that I say let him get exposed to shit. It strengthens the immunity unlike the snowflakes who get sick over everything because they live in a bubble. We gave him peanut butter when he was a few months old for the same reason. No peanut allergies here. I fight against my parental instincts as much as I can to not be overly protective. He’ll get dirty, he’ll fall down, and ultimately it’ll be good for him. Not that it doesn’t kill me to see him get hurt sometimes, but if he’s 12 and not allowed to walk to school by himself then you have my permission to murder me. 

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We visited Memphis in 2010 with the kids and visited a few places. They were 5 and 9.

Mudd Island - Kinda cool. Lots of room for the kid to run around and they had some paddle boats on a little pond.

Sun Studio - Kids were allowed in when we went. This was awesome. The place is very small, but there is a ton of music history including Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jonhhy Cash, etc. Must visit.

Graceland - I am not a huge Elvis guy, but it was fun. I mostly goofed on the crazy interior with carpeted ceilings and a bunch of weird decorations. You wear headphones as you walk through. The best part was a racquetball court in the backyard that they have turned into bit of a museum. You can see a bunch of gold records and his crazy outfits. You could also visit an area with some planes and/or cars that Elvis owned, but we skipped that.

Beale Street - We skipped it. We don't drink and it looked dirty when we drove by.

Marlowe's - We ate here. Their claim to fame are the pink Cadillacs that sit outside. I think you can go for a ride in them. The food was average at best, but I am from Texas and good BBQ is everywhere. BTW Memphis BBQ is mostly pork, BTW.

On the way out we went by the Mid-South Coliseum. It was still standing but there was a temporary fence surrounding it. I snapped a photo from the highway. I think it has been torn down since.
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My wife visited Nashville a few weeks ago. I am not sure what all they did but she mentioned Music Row a few times. She likened it to the Vegas strip but with live music instead of Casinos.

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Re: Sun Studio allows kids in part of it but not for the official tour. At least according to the website last month.  

9 and 5 I think are fine but 3 is going to be challenging. Our plan was not to do a solo adult vacation until he was at least 5 but oh well.  TN will be his 8th state I think already. 

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srossi wrote: Re: Sun Studio allows kids in part of it but not for the official tour. At least according to the website last month.  

9 and 5 I think are fine but 3 is going to be challenging. Our plan was not to do a solo adult vacation until he was at least 5 but oh well.  TN will be his 8th state I think already.

Yeah, 3 has no attention span yet. LOL. He/She will enjoy Mudd Island. Lots of room to run around and be a kid.
I think we just did the walk through of Sun Studios. Maybe that is the difference,

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Forgot to mention, you ride a hanging monorail to get over to Mudd Island. Kinda fun.

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The Memphis Zoo is one of the best in the country.
Lawler also has a BBQ joint in a suburb in addition to the Beale Street Restaurant. If you go down there during the day, you should be fine.

In Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame is less than half a mile away from the Ryman.

There's a lot to see on Broadway in downtown Nashville at night in terms of celebrity shops and a couple historic stops.
Nashville also has the Nashville Adventure Center, which is an interactive museum type place for kids.

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srossi wrote: Blazer wrote: We’re now past that stage, but just let me say that children’s museums in general are more aggravating than they are worth.  Shit is not properly cleaned.  Kids sneezing, dripping, puking, pissing all over everything.  I think we went twice and followed the kid around with wipes and hand gel the entire time.  Then the pit of balls?  Hand-foot-mouth disease haven.  Would be cleaner to have him sit at the bar with you.
Eh, I’m not a big fan of ball pits but other than that I say let him get exposed to shit. It strengthens the immunity unlike the snowflakes who get sick over everything because they live in a bubble. We gave him peanut butter when he was a few months old for the same reason. No peanut allergies here. I fight against my parental instincts as much as I can to not be overly protective. He’ll get dirty, he’ll fall down, and ultimately it’ll be good for him. Not that it doesn’t kill me to see him get hurt sometimes, but if he’s 12 and not allowed to walk to school by himself then you have my permission to murder me.
There are people out in this world now that would consider your ideas child abuse, which is sad as fuck. Yeah, gotta let 'em get their hands dirty (literally and figuratively), much better for them physically and mentally in the long haul.

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khawk wrote: srossi wrote: Blazer wrote: We’re now past that stage, but just let me say that children’s museums in general are more aggravating than they are worth.  Shit is not properly cleaned.  Kids sneezing, dripping, puking, pissing all over everything.  I think we went twice and followed the kid around with wipes and hand gel the entire time.  Then the pit of balls?  Hand-foot-mouth disease haven.  Would be cleaner to have him sit at the bar with you.
Eh, I’m not a big fan of ball pits but other than that I say let him get exposed to shit. It strengthens the immunity unlike the snowflakes who get sick over everything because they live in a bubble. We gave him peanut butter when he was a few months old for the same reason. No peanut allergies here. I fight against my parental instincts as much as I can to not be overly protective. He’ll get dirty, he’ll fall down, and ultimately it’ll be good for him. Not that it doesn’t kill me to see him get hurt sometimes, but if he’s 12 and not allowed to walk to school by himself then you have my permission to murder me.
There are people out in this world now that would consider your ideas child abuse, which is sad as fuck. Yeah, gotta let 'em get their hands dirty (literally and figuratively), much better for them physically and mentally in the long haul.

I don’t even know if the craziest millennials would say a little dirt is child abuse, but I get what you’re saying. My son has barely even had the sniffles since he was 1 and has no allergies, no infections, no broken bones to date, and doesn’t even cry when he falls anymore. 

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