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Memphis, Tennessee, United States

About Me & My Family
I'm a father
1 Kids 7 years old all boys

Lance and his family travel often to destinations across the U.S. and abroad that provide interesting cultural experiences. Lance is the editor of Trips By Lance, a family travel blog devoted to independent travel and cultural experiences for families and couples.
Our Family's Travel Personality
curious, relaxed, independent, energetic, spontaneous, scheduled, artsy
We Just Got Back From
New York City
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Paris, London, New York City and wherever we go next
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Greece, Barcelona, Alaska, Montreal
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching our 5-year-old son navigate Paris like a pro.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
No travel moment is a bad one.
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26 Reviews

January 24 2015
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Neon Pig Cafe
1203 N. Gloster St.,
"Everything is Local"
This is a local gem in Tupelo that opened in 2012. It sits in a typical retail strip center, but once inside it's anything but. The interior design is more Mississippi juke joint with wooden tables, mismatched chairs and tin placed on the tops of the drink cooler.
The offerings of this restaurant/butcher shop could make it classified as a fancier restaurant, but it is relaxed in every way. Everything served on the menu is regional, from the tomato and cheeses on the charc boards to the meat in the awesome smash burgers. There is also a great seafood selection brought up from the Gulf Coast three times a week.
Our son loved the kid's burger. He has a big appetite but couldn't finish it. My wife and I shared an order of the tacos of the day (turkey), a charc board and pork belly and shrimp lettuce wraps. On a previous experience we all had the signature smash burgers.
If you want an adult beverage just go over and pick one out of the cooler. The selection is very eclectic with a strong regional and southern selection as well as several great ones from the West and East coasts. I noticed the cooler also had Capri-Sun and other options for kids, but our son always drink water so I don't pay too much attention to those choices.
January 05 2015
2 families found this helpful
Shelby Farms Greenline | kids travel, kids activities
Shelby Farms Greenline
Farm Road at Shelby Farms Park,
"Great urban bike/running path"
The Shelby Farms Greenline is a rails to trails project that connects Midtown Memphis to the massive Shelby Farms Park in East Memphis.
The 6.5-mile paved trail is shaded and has several entry points on residential streets as it travels to the massive park where it connects to the large trail system there. Whether you want to run or walk a few miles, bike a small portion with the kids or the whole path, it is an easy and safe trail for the whole family.
January 05 2015
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A. Schwab’s Dry Goods Store
163 Beale Street,
"Funky shop on Beale Street"
This is a historic store that has been going strong for a very long time. Children, I think, would find it really fascinating with all the random toys, gifts and unique items for sale. This is especially a great place for families who find themselves wondering down Beale Street and want a spot to pop into with kids.
Also, the shop has added a soda fountain/ice cream shop. It seems like every time I walk by before a Grizzlies game at nearby FedExForum I see lots of families enjoying ice cream inside.
January 05 2015
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Elvis Week | kids travel, kids activities
Elvis Week
3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard,
Graceland/Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.,
Tennessee 38116
"Good, for Elvis fans"
I'm not sure I'd want to force a child to experience too much of Elvis Week, but it really depends on their age and tolerance of waits.
Visiting Graceland can be a lot of fun for children who have any interest in music, seeing fancy costumes or cool cars. Elvis had lots of funky automobiles that are on display at Graceland.
But none of that is unique to Elvis Week, the annual celebration of all things Elvis during the anniversary of his Aug. 16, 1977 death. In fact, being in August makes it even tougher for kids in the Memphis heat.
But the candlelight vigil to Elvis' grave is a cool experience, and there are events throughout the week Elvis fans enjoy.
I worked at Graceland during college, and have fond memories of Elvis Week. But I would caution against bringing kids unless it's just to experience Graceland. And do buy tickets in advance so you don't have to wait three hours for tours.
January 05 2015
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Wild River Country
6820 Crystal Hill Road,
North Little Rock,
"Fun waterpark experience"
I grew up in Central Arkansas and visiting Wild River Country as a kid in the 1980s was one of my favorite childhood experiences.
We visited a couple of years ago with our son, and while the park has changed with improved slides and experiences, the park is still a ton of fun. It's the biggest waterpark in the state of Arkansas. We drove the 2.5 hours from our home in Memphis to enjoy a day at the park. There are plenty of slides and activities for little kids who can barely walk up to really adventurous adults.