If you make the drive from Atlanta to Memphis, Tennessee for a family vacation, you may be concerned that there would not be enough activities for the kiddos. While the town is known for the blues bar scene on Beale Street, there are plenty of family-friendly sights to see during your trip. You won't want to miss the Fire Museum right downtown, and you can all stop for a quick pick-me-up afterwards at the Qahwa coffee bar.
Boys of all ages love firetrucks, right? This interactive museum will bring out the kid in everyone as you get to climb inside actual trucks and experience the heat, sounds, and lights of a simulated house fire. Retired firemen lead tours offering fire safety information for children. There are also educational exhibits detailing the greatest fires in the town's history, including one fire that occurred while most of the trucks were engaged in a parade! You'll also learn the story of the town's first African-American fire brigade and the issues they overcame.
The museum is extremely affordable, with adult tickets at $6 and children at $5, and two-for-one admission on Tuesdays. Be sure to stop in to nearby Qawha for a coffee and a treat after your tour. Located right on Main Street, this local haunt has lots of tempting snacks and even has a coffee-bean map of the world that you can sign next to your hometown. Located right on the trolley line and near all of the downtown museums, it also is a great spot for people-watching on a busy day.