3734 Elvis Presley Blvd
Memphis, TN 38116+4106
Graceland is where Elvis Presley lived and died, and is a Mecca for true Elvis fans. The kids -- especially the pre-teens and teens -- may snicker at the abundance of look-alikes sporting sideburns and a pompadour, but the faithful do not take kindly to anything less than reverential behavior. The King's home is preserved in all its 70's splendor, from the infamous jungle room to his parent's bedroom suite. There's also an entire building packed with his gold records and other memorabilia. The mansion tour ends at the meditation garden and Elvis' gravesite; optional add-ons include Elvis' car museum and airplanes.
Babies: The mansion is not too stroller-friendly, so secure junior in a front or backpack carrier for maximum tote-ability.
Toddlers & Pre-K: They'll be completely bored, so don't even try it.
School-Age Kids: Truthfully, they'll wonder what all the fuss is about, but they'll be dazzled by the glittery jumpsuits and fancy cars, not to mention the Lisa Marie, Elvis' plane.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Be sure to grab a photo of them outside the gates -- maximum cool factor -- and this would be the place to let them use their video phones or cameras, especially for the people-watching.
- Show me the money. Everything's free for kids under 6, but there's no discount for any age after that for the full package -- a whopping $68 per person. Since the full tour is really for die-hard fans, a quick run through the mansion should suffice for most families, and mansion-only tickets range from $10 to $25 per person.
- Bring a Sharpie. Yes, the brick walls of Graceland are still fair game for taggers -- as are the sidewalks outside the walls. Reward their good behavior with some creative down-time.
- Avoid August. Elvis Tribute Week brings hundreds of thousands of fans to Graceland, so it's best to stay away during that week.
Just the Facts
Hours: Open daily with the exception of Christmas, Thanksgiving, and some New Year's Days. Call to confirm other holiday hours. March-October: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. November: Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. December-February: Wed.-Mon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Tuesday.
Fees: $10 - $20
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours
Reviews of Graceland
By asorsoleil79 January 27, 2010
What we loved:
That is was Elvis house
What we didn't love:
Kind of a disappointment
My mother and I went to Graceland in January 2009...we had a great time but think unless you are a big Elvis fan it is a bit of a waste of time and money. I dont regret going...I love Elvis and I am one of those need to see it all people but my mother could have done without it, I think. When they say mansion...they mean a regular sized 21st century home...the gift shops were great...I loved the car museum and it was cool to walk through the house that Elvis lived in. I was disappointed the upstairs is not in the tour and roped off. Read More