22. January 2014 12:03
Tunica is probably best known for its gaming action, outlet center and easy access from Memphis, Tenn. But in addition to great slots, live music, comedy shows and buffets, Tunica is also home to an attraction that celebrates the Mississippi River and offers year-round exploration of one of our state’s greatest natural resources.
Perfect for family outings or a romantic sunset walk, the Tunica RiverPark offers visitors an up-close view of the awe-inspiring beauty of the Mississippi River. The grounds are rich with native wildlife and flora, and the stunning architectural features of the RiverPark Overlook provide breathtaking views of the great river. The Riverpark features the Mississippi River Museum, a nature trail, a 48-foot river overlook and a gift shop. It was named “Best of the Road” by Rand McNally in the 2011 edition of America’s Road Atlas.
The Mississippi River Museum at the Riverpark is a journey through time via authentic artifacts and exhibits along with an extensive, interactive showcase of history, nature and culture. Recent exhibits at the Riverpark have provided some very diverse offerings for visitors. “From Plantation to Prosperity: A Black Family History in the Mississippi Delta” explored the roots of African Americans in the region. Another exhibition showcased the works of Delta-born artists. Two kid-friendly exhibits – “Mound Builder” and “Wildlife Spotting” – delivered interactive fun for the Riverpark’s youngest visitors.
In addition to the Riverpark and museum, visitors can explore the region from the river’s point of view aboard the Tunica Queen. Just imagine enjoying the sunset on the Mississippi River from the deck of a riverboat modeled after the iconic vessels of old! Sightseeing cruises and dinner cruises are available from March through December.
Closed on Mondays and Christmas Day, the Tunica Riverpark is open 10-7 March – October and 10-5 November – February. The Nature Trail and Gift Shop are free to the public. Tickets for the museum and Tunica Queen are available at the Riverpark ticket desk. For more information, visit www.tunicariverpark.com.