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Mud Island River Park, Memphis

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Mud Island is a small peninsula, surrounded by the Mississippi River to the west and the Wolf River Harbor to the east. In 1960, the Wolf River was diverted so that it flows into the Mississippi River north of Mud Island. Mud Island River Park, located on the south end of the island, opened to the public in 1982. It is located within the Memphis city limits, 1.2 miles from the coast of downtown, and houses a museum, restaurants, and an amphitheater. It is accessible by the Memphis Suspension Railway, by foot, by ferry, or automobile.Mississippi River Park and MuseumMississippi River ParkThe Mississippi River park located on Mud Island includes bike trails, pedal boats, and rafts, as well as a hydraulic scale model of the lower Mississippi River from Cairo, Illinois to New Orleans.Major cities and small towns located on the river are marked in the scale model, and markers explain history and facts about the river.The model empties into a "Gulf of Mexico" replica which was once a waterpark named Bud Boogie Beach, and on the other side is a small wooden boat named the Maymay which is no longer open to the public. Admission to the park is free.Mississippi River MuseumThe museum on Mud Island presents the history of the lower Mississippi river valley, with great emphasis on the steamboat, complete with a full-scale replica steamboat.
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  • Fascinating to scale model of the Mississippi river. So much fun for kids in the summer. The park is nice also. Great river views and there is a fair river museum on the premises.  more »
  • this is one of the best places to experience the Mississippi river up close and personal. The park is along side the bank of the river.  more »
  • The river running through the walk way was very neat. My kids enjoyed seeing that and sticking their feet in the water. We didn’t think there were enough signs leading you to the museum. It seemed lik...  more »
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  • I took my kids there and they really enjoyed it. I did take notice that this would be a phenomenal place if it was better taken care of, this is a little gem for those looking for a peaceful and fun experience. Great location for kids to explore, just be mindful the facilities and maintenance is a little dated.
  • Well worth the visit. Informational and entertaining.
  • Loved it! I had no idea what I was going to, the name mud island was not appealing haha. BUT it was very informative- I absolutely love how the demonstrated the mission river. It has great views of the cityscape, the monorail was fun and clean & the Staff was great energy/friendly! Loved it. :) & definetly worth the $4!!!
  • Great place to walk along the river and to catch a great sunset
  • We took the monorail to get there, super friendly staff, we got a tour to check out the Mississippi trail, very interesting, the scale model of the Mississippi river it's half mile, wear comfortable shoes you are going to walk a while, very interesting and beautiful scenery.
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