What makes your business stand out?
The Zombie Paintball Hayride! While we certainly have the Haunted Woods to scare the heeby jeebies out of everyone, our most popular and newest attraction is the Zombie Paintball Hayride. Because the guns are fixed to the trailers we can entertain all ages. We recently had a 3-year-old help us test it out while riding in grandpa's lap. Patrons ride through the haunted woods of Burtons Sugar Farms and the old farm house from 1893.
What inspired you to start this business?
Are you kidding me? We shoot paintball guns at live zombies! That's why!
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Scaring people and helping families have a great night out. We don't do anything satanic and demonic. We are a family friendly environment and are always about having a good time.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 25–50
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Most popular offering: Zombie Paintball Hayride
Pro Tip: Arrive early. The lines get long as everyone loves shooting zombies!
The perfect frame can make a work of art leap off of a wall. For the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the overall layout frames a 2,000-piece museum with 17 acres of lush English gardens. Tulip-lined walkways, scenic vistas, and the occasional sculpture surround visitors on tours of the Tennessee woodlands, where oaks and hickories climb towards the sky where all the good sunlight is. In total, more than 120 identified species of trees live and breathe within the gardens' level IV arboretum.
Even more sights await visitors behind the museum?s corinthian columns and brick fa?ade. Eight to ten rotating exhibitions a year hang alongside a permanent collection that touches on paper works, sculptures, and paintings by French and American impressionists?from Claude Monet to Mary Cassatt. Beyond these ever-present attractions, the museum also hosts live performances, educational programs, and other special events.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Two Hour Downtown Historical Segway Tour
Pro Tip: The Segway is incredibly easy and fun to ride!
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We are the #1 ranked tour company on TripAdvisor.com and the only tour company that is based in the world famous Peabody Hotel. We are environmentally friendly, and the only tour in the city of Memphis that can ride down the center of Beale Street as well as riding on various streets and sidewalks. Segway of Memphis Tours is the most adventurous and interactive tour available in Memphis.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
We love Segways and we love Memphis history. That was the inspiration for starting this tour company.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
As far as we know, we are the only Segway tour company in the United States that issues each rider a complimentary Segway ID card with the rider's picture on it. Part of the fun of riding a Segway is showing people that you did it, right?
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
On more than one occasion, at the end of a tour, guests have said "This was the most fun that I have had in years."
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Besides teaching thousands of first time riders how to effortlessly operate a revolutionary battery powered machine, our favorite element of our job is the people that we take out on tour. It's all about the people, and without our riders, we wouldn't be in business.
In the pre-computer age, wagons and trucks loaded with cotton samples once flooded Front Street, where cotton traders graded, bought, sold, and shipped their wares on the floor of the private Memphis Cotton Exchange. Formerly off-limits to everyone but members and their guests, the restored 3,000-square-foot room—adorned with ornate architectural flourishes from 1924 and a 30-foot ceiling—opened to the public as The Cotton Museum in 2006. Through documentary films and exhibits, the institution traces the history of the exchange and the impact of cotton on culture and society. The museum's oral-history project collects testimonials from merchants, mill workers, and sharecroppers, and its hall of fame honors innovative industry leaders who turned to cotton after unsuccessful attempts at lassoing clouds. Outside, a 30-minute self-guided walking tour highlights nine historical stops around Front Street, whereas the Exploration Hall's interactive indoor exhibit, The Changing World of Cotton, describes industry advances in mechanization and environmental sustainability.
Mel Baddorf didn’t start out as a runner. He used to be content cheering on his sons, who both scored college running scholarships, until he opened his own fitness club, lost 70 pounds, and discovered a love for fitness that endures to this day. That love is equaled by his enjoyment of sharing Memphis history with others, and Rockin' Running Tours pairs those passions as he leads athletic guests around the city at a calorie-burning pace.
The informative tours range from 3–6 miles, with Mel adjusting the pace so everyone can keep up. Groups can set forth on their own tour of two to six people, or join up with other visitors for camaraderie as they discover Civil War history, explore Midtown Memphis, or see the downtown sights. Mel also maps out custom pub runs where groups sample microbrews and get in touch with the city’s livelier side. Each guest receives a post-run bottle of water and a snack, as well as a souvenir T-shirt ideal for throwing on in lieu of a shower.
There are no roads in the sky—just clouds and the floating mansions of America's billionaires. Similarly, Downtown Aviation's flying lessons don't follow one set pathway to pilot certification. Using FAA-approved materials, the school's certified flight instructors can teach a fast-paced course or follow a more casual lesson plan. But the endpoint remains the same: a student, private, or sport certificate.
One of the most exciting moments during training occurs approximately 20–25 hours into instruction, when students take the controls for their first solo flight. As they soar over Memphis or Olive Branch, taking in bird's eye views through the cockpit windshield, some may feel inspired to pursue flying as a career. Luckily, they won't have to look for a new school. Downtown Aviation's faculty trains pilots for their commercial certificates and airline transport pilot licenses. The staff can also maintain pilots' aircrafts at their Cessna-certified service center.