More Than A Bait Shop: Things To Know About The New Bass Pro
Want to see the new Bass Pro Pyramid in Memphis? Here are some things you need to know.
Also, if you missed it, check out the “50 Things I Saw At the Bass Pro Pyramid” post.
1. When does it open? Wednesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. There is a special event called Evening For Conservation on that night. You can shop, it’s free to go, and there will be famous people and music, too. I anticipate a crowd level of: bonkers. They’re having special events through the weekend. See the whole schedule here.
2. When does it open for real? See #1. For real. It’s open to the public. But if you’re talking about regular store hours, those begin on Thursday, April 30 at 8 a.m. I expect a crowd level throughout the weekend of: super bonkers.
3. What will be the regular store hours? Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until midnight and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., though I did hear a rumor they might actually be closing at 11 p.m. each night. I will update as soon as I get clear info.
4. What all is inside? I’m going to break this down a bit. If you want to see more and pictures, click here.
a) Retail: clothes, shoes, boats, outdoors supplies, accessories, gifts, toys, all the equipment you could ever imagine needing for hunting, fishing, guns, and more.
b) Attractions/extras: aquariums, ponds, a gun shooting range, an archery range, a small arcade, a bowling alley, and the nation’s largest freestanding elevator.
c) Restaurants: Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl has your standard bar/grill fare, a bar, and bowling alley. The restaurant that’s in the top of the Pyramid is called “The Lookout” and was rumored to be an upscale catfish place. There’s also a fudge shop in the main retail area.
d) A luxury hotel called Big Cypress Lodge. There are 104 rooms and prices start at about $260 a night. It also has a spa and conference space.
5. Can I go bowling inside? Yes. Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl will have 13 lanes of bowling. Pricing info was not available during my tour on Monday, but I was told that the lanes will be first-come, first-serve for the first 90 days, so be ready for some waiting.
6. Is there a shooting range/archery range/aquariums/alligator tank/boats/ponds? Yes.
7. Is it really going to open on time? Yes. I was inside the Pyramid on Monday afternoon (April 27) and there were several hundred people working (fast! they were movin’ it!) on completing details both inside and outside. It seemed like most everything big was ready, though. I wasn’t able to go up in the elevator to the observation deck or restaurant, so I can’t speak to that. I think they’ll be ready in time for the event on Wednesday.
8. How do I get there? The main parking lot and entrance is on the South side of the Pyramid. You turn right by the Visitors Center. But you might not want to count on getting in the main lot. See #9 below.
IMPORTANT: If you are coming from the expressways, take the Danny Thomas exit and follow signs to Pyramid parking.
Over the weekend, the free shuttles will be gone, but MATA will still run buses with the regular $1 fares with a stop at Bass Pro. You’ll be able to see an updated parking map here before the weekend.
If you’re going this weekend, remember that it’s also Beale Street Music Fest from May 1-3. I’d seriously consider taking advantage of MATA, planning ahead for a cab (call at least an hour ahead), ride-sharing services, walking, biking, dropping by parachute/drone, etc.
10. Can you go up in the elevator / Is the elevator free / Is there a restaurant or bar at the top? Yes / No / Yes. Anyone will be able to go up in the elevator to the observation deck. Once you’re up there, you can just observe or you can get a spot at the restaurant and hang out and drink/eat.
If you want to go up in the elevator, it’s $10 per person, but the views are apparently incredible. I’ll be checking it out myself ASAP and reporting back. (Just as an FYI, the Empire State Building is $32, the Space Needle is $21, Skywalk at Grand Canyon is upwards of $70.)
11. How exciting is this? It’s very exciting. Bass Pro expects about 20,000 visitors during their opening weekend, many coming from surrounding areas and states. This is the largest single retail location in the world, containing the tallest freestanding elevator in the country. Hundreds of thousands of people who would never have come to downtown Memphis may now visit us.
Just go with the flow this weekend if you’re heading downtown; it’s brand new and some unexpected things pop up. I know that folks in charge are doing all they can to make the traffic, events, parking, etc., go smoothly, and I think it’s going to be a blast.
Let me know if you have more questions or comments!