125 N Front St
Memphis, TN 38103
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Mid Apr - Late May
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm Late May - Aug
Tue-Sun 10am-6pm Sep - Oct
Taking advantage of an island that sprang up in the Mississippi in the early 20th century, this park offers a variety of attractions. Among them are the Mississippi River Museum, which tracks both the river's development and the culture and towns that grew up along its route.
Along the island, the River Walk, a scale model of the Mississippi's path, allows visitors to follow the Big Muddy from its start in Minnesota to its final destination, the Gulf of Mexico. The flow of the model river mimics that of the real one.
The Mud Island amphitheater attracts top names in music, a monorail offers fun overviews of the area, and bike and pedal boat rentals provide energetic folks the chance to venture further afield.
Restaurants and gift shops are also available on the 52-acre island.
Best Because: Mud Island is the best way to get up close to the Mississippi, as well as to understand its history and importance.
Best for Free Things to Do Because: Walking along the scale model of the Mississippi is fascinating, as is the stroll on the pedestrian bridge.