Mud Island River Park

Mud Island River Park © Thomas R Machnitzki
Mud Island River Park © Thomas R Machnitzki

Mud Island in the Mississippi River offers a fascinating insight into the famous river with a series of fun and informative attractions. The island emerged in the river in 1900 and was turned into a 52-acre park. Main attractions on the island are the Mississippi River Museum, an amphitheatre where touring acts perform during summer, a huge swimming pool and a display of the Memphis Belle, a famous B-17 bomber from World War II.

The permanent exhibitions at the museum include ones focused on Mississippi River transportation over the years, river engineering, exploration and settlement of the river and its banks, and more. A monorail runs from Memphis to Mud Island, offering beautiful views of downtown Memphis, the Mississippi River and Mud Island River Park.

The highlight of a visit to Mud Island, however, is the unique and fascinating River Walk, a scaled down replica of the lower Mississippi River from Cairo, Illinois to New Orleans in Louisiana. The River walk is five blocks long and represents a journey of 1,000 miles (1,609km). The walk ends in a one-acre replica of the Gulf of Mexico, where visitors to the island can rent paddle boats to explore the area while taking in some of the best views of the Memphis city skyline.

Canoes and kayaks are available for rent on the island for further exploration of the river, and mountain bikes are available for visitors who would like to explore the island by bike.

Address: 125 North Front Street

Website: www.mudisland.com

Telephone: (901) 576-7241

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm (April to October). Last admission is one hour before closing.

Admission: $10 adults, $7 children 5-11, includes museum admission, roundtrip monorail ride and (optional) guided river walk tour. General park admission is free.