Fresh and exciting, Overton Square in Memphis, Tennessee, is emerging as one of the city’s trendiest locations for family travelers. The neighborhood has transcended its past as an overlooked spot and has taken on new life as a nucleus for food, entertainment and the arts.
Stay in the thick of things at The Memphian, a boutique hotel in Overton Square that opened in 2021. Sparkling with glamour from a bygone era, the flashy cool decor includes animal prints, neon chandeliers and Pop Art prints sure to spark plenty of family discussion. After morning coffee and a breakfast of chocolate almond overnight oats, stuffed French toast or biscuits and gravy at the hotel’s Complicated Pilgrim dining venue, pick up rental bikes and peddle along shady trails at nearby Overton Park.
Bring along a picnic lunch or head for the Memphis Zoo, where fun activities include the Penguin Encounter; Sloth Encounter, Tortoise Encounter; or up-close and personal encounters with elephants, rhinos, lemurs or otters. Kids can even interact with “zoolebrity ambassador animals” such as the zoo’s striped skunk, red-tailed boa, nine-banded armadillo, binturong or keel-billed toucan.
Enjoy an evening show or matinee at one of the neighborhood highlights, which include The Hattiloo Theater, Theatre Memphis, Ballet Memphis and Playhouse on the Square. During the day before the performance, take your family for afternoon tea at 17 Berkshire, where signature cakes and pastries include ice cream drip cake, French silk mini tarts and petit fours.
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As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Does your road trip crew include young kids? We’ve been there, too, and know keeping everyone busy and entertained makes those long stretches of interstate much more peaceful.
In the market for new luggage? If you’re outfitting your entire family of travelers, you may want to check out some new offerings available at Target from travel brand Atlantic. Atlantic’s new line focuses on making travel more convenient with kiddos, and includes seven pieces to choose from, all made with durable, lightweight, sustainable materials (each item is made from up to 27 recycled plastic bottles).
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Norwegian recently launched the newest addition to its fleet, Viva, with a spectacular debut earlier this month. The ship, launched from Trieste, Italy, and finishing its inaugural run in Lisbon, Portugal, is the second in its Prima Class of ships, set to give family travelers the ultimate vacation experience.