Family travelers looking for a much-need getaway, look no further than Tupelo, Mississippi, a cultural hub in northern Mississippi. Known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley, Tupelo offers a wide variety of activities and sites for the whole family to enjoy.
At Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo, families have the opportunity to see more than 260 animals, with many not found elsewhere in Mississippi. See a buffalo, zebra or yak up close! The park also features one of the tallest giraffes in the United States, the 19-foot giraffe named Tall Boy.
As the birthplace of the King of Rock n’ Roll, guests can visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum, take a photo in front of the Elvis Presley Homecoming Statue and enjoy a scenic bike cruise on Elvis’ Tupelo Self-Guided Bicycle Tour.The tour takes riders to some of the most influential places to Elvis’ early years.
To learn about the history of Tupelo, head to Oren Dunn City Museum. The museum includes exhibitions like the cultural history of the Chickasaw, a model of the 1940s railroad, the town’s history with tornadoes and Hospital on the Hill history. Located inside Ballard Park, kids can enjoy the area’s playgrounds, picnic areas and lakeside walking trail.
Tupelo boasts a number of delicious restaurants for guests wanting to indulge in some southern cuisine. Enjoy authentic barbecue at Clay’s House of Pig, voted the best barbecue in Mississippi, or try some of Butterbean’s renowned biscuits. Crave offers some of the town’s best ice cream and Romie’s Grocery allows guests to try an array of southern dishes in a relaxed atmosphere.
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