Tupelo Buffalo Park is the largest zoo in Mississippi and a really unique place to see wild animals, both national and exotic, in a more or less wild setting. The park features a really wide variety of animals like lions, Bengal tigers, giraffes, kangaroos, and zebras, but the star of the park is the herd of American Bison which roam around the park grounds. They've created a sort of off-road bus that takes visitors to see the herd up close and in its element. While you're on the so-called "Buffalo Bus" they'll also take you by the giraffes and let you feed the long-necked beauties. Careful though, those long tongues tickle!
If you're looking for a more...low-key way to see the animals, there's also a nice trolley that circles the park and lets you see the buffalo as well. Finally, if you'd like to get the real old-west feeling, they have guided horseback rides throughout the entire park (as well as Pony rides for the little ones).
The admission is a an extremely-reasonable $11 for adults (there are senior discounts) and then the Buffalo Bus, Trolley, and horseback rides are small additional payments. The Buffalo Bus, for instance, is only $3.
The Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum the place for Elvis-fanatics to discover the early roots of the King of Rock'n'Roll. Most of us think that Elvis is from Tennessee, but he was actually born in a small shotgun house in Tupelo, Mississippi and moved to Memphis when he was a teenager.
The house itself is quite small (can you believe it only cost $180 at the time!?) but has been lovingly restored with period furniture. Nearby, there's the Elvis Presley Memorial Chapel in honor of the great singer and the Elvis Presley Museum, a fully-renovated modern museum housing personal artifacts from Elvis and some general history about the town of Tupelo.
While both the attractions are rather small, the whole complex around his birthplace is filled with statues, fountains, walkways, and gardens and makes for a fun, quirky, and interesting morning in Tupelo. It costs $6 for a basic one-hour tour of the area.