Bass Pro Shops in Memphis, Tennessee is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Located along the Mississippi River, the store offers a wide selection of products for fishing and hunting including bait, tackle, rods and reels, clothing, footwear, and firearms.
🔺 The Pyramid
The Bass Pro Shops in Memphis, Tennessee occupies the Pyramid, a glass structure that was originally erected as the Great American Pyramid in 1991 and was used as a sports/entertainment complex.
After a decade or so of events, the Pyramid closed its doors and sat vacant for years until it found new life when it reopened in 2015 as Bass Pro Shops.
Like other Bass Pro Shops locations, the store is an outdoorsman's paradise. From fishing to hunting and just about everything in between, the Memphis location sells it.
But being that this location is in a former "pyramid," there are features at the Bass Pro Shops Memphis that you won't see anywhere else, like the 28-Story Freestanding Glass Elevator. (It's the largest freestanding elevator in the nation.)
🔭 The Lookout at the Pyramid
The cost to ride the elevator is $10 per person. On the rides up and down, guests hear the story of how the Memphis Bass Pro Shops came to be.
At the top of the elevator is The Lookout at the Pyramid. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner with a 360-degree view of Memphis. (I was told that if you dine at The Lookout at the Pyramid you will get the $10 cost of the ride off of your bill.)
The unique restaurant features an aquarium in the center and eclectic steampunk fish sculptures suspended from the ceiling.
Just outside of the restaurant is an outdoor observation deck that has a breath-taking view of the city and the Mississippi River.
✨ Unique Features
The Memphis Bass Pro Shops is more than just an outdoor store. There are archery and pistol ranges, as well as an arcade shooting gallery. There is also a 13-lane bowling alley, a billiard room, and the Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, an interactive wetlands education museum showcasing the history of waterfowling and wetlands conservation.
🛌🏼 Big Cypress Lodge
The most surprising feature, though, is Big Cypress Lodge - a 103-room hotel located inside the pyramid.
🍽️ Dining Options
In addition to The Lookout at the Pyramid, shoppers can sink their teeth into burgers at Wahlburgers Wild, a unique dining experience featuring Wahlberg family favorite recipes. (You know who I am talking about - Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, and their chef brother, Paul Wahlberg.)
At The Fishbowl, guests can order pizza, wings, sliders, fries, and chili-cheese nachos and enjoy them while watching bowlers aiming for strikes at the bowling alley.
During warmer months, hungry customers can head to Mississippi Terrace at Big Cypress and enjoy light bites and drinks while enjoying a panoramic view of Memphis.
🎣 About Bass Pro Shops
The company was founded by Johnny Morris in 1972. In 2017, Bass Pro Shop and Cabela's merged in a $4 billion deal. What started in only 8 square feet of space in the back of Morris' father's liquor store now is now in 160 locations across the United States and Canada.
Admission to the Memphis Bass Pro Shops is free. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you time your visit just right, you might catch the staff feeding the fish in the aquarium or the alligators.
Looking for an affordable place to stay in Memphis? The Comfort Inn in Memphis is within walking distance of Bass Pro Shops and downtown attractions.