Elvis Presley Birthplace – Tupelo, MS

306 Elvis Presley Drive
Tupelo, Misssippi
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (May-September); 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (October through April) and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday year round. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The most significant landmark of Tupelo’s modern history is a modest, two-room house where the King of Rock & Roll was born on January 8, 1935. From this humble beginning, Elvis Presley began his swift rise to become the world’s most popular entertainer.

The house, built by his father with $180, draws over 50,000 visitors each year from across the world.

Tupelo bought the house and land with money provided from a 1956 Tupelo concert by Elvis himself, who wanted a park for neighborhood children. As an official Mississippi landmark, the birthplace is part of the 15-acre Elvis Presley Park. It includes expansion of the main parking lot to accommodate motorcoaches, a garden walkway system, new entrance signs, an expanded gift shop and beautiful landscaping.

The Elvis Presley Memorial Museum has been remodele to better explain the early days of Elvis in rural Mississippi and how his roots influenced his future. The Chapel, built by donations from his fans, is a popular attraction in the park offering a time for meditation.

The large Main Building on the grounds houses the museum as well as a spacious gift shop, with more than 1,300 square feet of shop, office and storage space. In August, 2003, a story wall was unveiled offering a collection of original, unedited stories from people who knew Elvis during his Tupelo days. The “Walk of Life”, which surrounds the house where Elvis was born, is a scored concrete circle with dated granite blocks denoting each year of Elvis’ life from 1935 to 1977. The 1948 block marks the year in which Elvis and his family left for Memphis, and it leads to the “Elvis at 13” bronze statue, which was unveiled on Elvis’ 67th birthday and memorializes Elvis as a young boy wearing overalls and carrying a guitar. From there the walkway leads to “The Fountain of Life”, a beautiful water feature, which is a complete circle representing Elvis’ life in Tupelo. As you wind around the walkway you can view a 1939 green Plymouth 4-door sedan, similar to the car in which he and his family rode to Memphis in. It was the year of 1948 when the transformation of Elvis, as a young Tupelo boy began his journey as Elvis, the world’s greatest entertainer.

Tupelo Automobile Museum – Tupelo, MS

1 Otis Drive
Hours: Open 7 days a week; M-Sat. 9:00AM-4:30PM and Sunday Noon – 4:30PM. Closed Christmas, New Year Day, Easter and Thanksgiving.

Featuring 120,000 square feet of automobile displays and open viewing restoration bays, the Tupelo Automobile Museum is a dream for car lovers or for those who just want to stroll down memory lane.

Over 100 antique, classic and collectible automobiles, chronologically displayed, illustrate the progress of over 100 years of automobile design and engineering. A self-guided tour starts with an 1886 Benz, representing the birth of the automobile and culminates with a never-driven 1994 Dodge Viper. The collection, valued at over $6 million, includes a rare Tucker, a Lincoln previously owned by Elvis Presley, other movie and celebrity vehicles, Hispano Suizas, a Duesenberg and many more rare brands and American favorites.

The collection was put together to illustrate the advancement of the automotive body and mechanical designs from the late 1800’s forward. These include steam and electric vehicles of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s to the various advancements such as pneumatic tires, electric starters and numerous attempts to find a replacement for the manual transmission.

Ongoing vehicle restoration projects can be viewed through windows into restoration areas. The automobiles under restoration will be added to the display area as they are completed.

The museum is available for private and corporate functions and special group tours.

Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo – Tupelo, MS

2272 N. Coley Road
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday through Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. Trail rides will be open on Saturdays, weather permitting.

Visit The Tupelo Buffalo Park and take the tour on the Monster Bison Bus. With the largest buffalo herd East of the Mississippi River, you can get an up close and personal look on how and where buffalo live. You can even camp out over night in the Chickasaw Indian Village.

Visitors enter the park through a restored train depot building, which also houses a snack bar and souvenir shop. A 24-foot by 24-foot pavilion on the south side of the depot serves as a staging area for boarding the parks “Bison Buses”. The buses are outfitted with monster truck kits. Groups board the buses and tour the buffalo herds grazing throughout the park, with the buses pulling into protective pens, offering an opportunity to the visitor to hand-feed the buffaloes. The buffalo can weigh more than a ton each.

The herd is the pride of local businessman Dan Franklin who turned his fascination with buffaloes into one of Tupelo’s most interesting places to visit. Three hundred years ago there were millions of buffaloes roaming the American plains but by the early 1900’s, due to homestead settling and unbridled hunting, there were fewer than 1,000 remaining. Livestock farmers and dedicated conservationists have helped restore their numbers to more than 250,000.

The Buffalo Park specializes in exotic animals with the first ones coming from Canada. Some of the exotic animals you can see are monkeys, a Bengal tiger, an African lion, a Reticulated giraffe, an American black bear and a reptile section. Feature attractions to the park include a live pony carousel, horse trail rides and a petting zoo complete with pigmy goats, miniature horses, sheep and other friendly animals.

There is an exciting new activity at the Tupelo Buffalo Park called “Archeological Digging!” The Village of “Etoukouma” occupied in the 1720’s and located on the original Natchez Trace Parkway is where actual Chickasaw Indians lived and carried on day to day activities. How exciting would it be to find real artifacts from true Indian groups located here in Tupelo, MS?

There is a large party pavilion available that is ideal for tour groups and children’s special events.