Mud Island, Memphis

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    Mud Island, Memphis, Tennessee

    by Elena_007 Updated Mar 27, 2005

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    Monorail Mud Island & Pyramid, Memphis

    I had to wait for what seemed like ages to capture this photograph of the monorail (in motion) to Mud Island. Luckily, (for me) there was some construction going on and a few trucks were already parked on the right hand side of the road on Front Street. I pulled over in my truck, and probably just seemed like I was part of the crew, as I was waiting in a No Parking Zone, looking at my map, pretending I was lost, as the police went cruising by. I was anxious to get moving again, though.

    Now, about Mud Island ... There is a replica scale model version of the Mississipi River walk stretching five blocks, that represents the river flow from Cairo, Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico. The River Museum tells the story of river transportation, the U.S. Civil War, and the music of the Delta. There is also a 4,000 gallon aquarium included for your viewing pleasure. You might even see a monster catfish or two. Pedal boats,canoes,kayaks, and bicycles available for rental. Also air boats can be hired. There are concerts and special events scheduled at the Mud Island Amphitheater, and tickets are available in advance. A wonderful experience, but in the summer, misquitos are not nice, but ever so friendly,so bring protection. See the website below for more details, including upcoming events and ticket prices.

    Operating hours are from 10am-5pm during the spring/fall and 10am-8pm during the summer. They are closed on Mondays. Entrance to Mud Island is free, but the museum will cost you.

    $8.00 for adults
    $6.00 for Seniors (60+)
    $5.00 for Youths (5-12)
    Children under 12 (Free)

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    Mud Island

    by myrtle Written May 23, 2004

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    Mud Island, the Mississippi River, and the bridge

    I don't know about it being a "Must See" Activity, but it's been around for a while. It's probably better to go here if you have kids. I haven't actually visited the area since I was a kid other than to go to the concerts they have at the Mud Island Amphitheatre. I know there is a miniature replica of the Mississippi River from beginning to end. I remember as a child I liked to go there in sandals so I could take them off & walk through the river barefooted. I think there's also something about the history of the Mississippi River at Mud Island. Otherwise the only reason to go to Mud Island is to enjoy some great tunes at their summer concerts. It's a great place to have a concert because it's right on the river in downtown Memphis.

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    Mud Island is FREE

    by dlandt Updated Nov 3, 2005

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    Mud Island is essentially a dressed up city park that contains a scale model of the Mississippi River. In the pictures, some of which are under the main photo, you will also see that it contains a scale model of the cities which lie along the Mississippi River. Lisa is standing in Memphis, Miyuki and Nina have chosen West Memphis to rest. In addition to the wadeable model, there are food vendors and musicians, some of which were really good, to make your time more enjoyable. For the more academically minded, plaques detail historical outlines and places of significance. You can also get some great views of the river itself from the island. The city skyline is pleasant as well.

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    Mud-less on Mud Island

    by aphrodyte Written Jan 23, 2010

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    Last Admission is one (1) hour prior to closing.
    Closed Mondays throughout the season.
    Access to the park is FREE!

    You can walk across the foot bridge or take a monorail.
    Roundtrip Monorail Ride - $4.00

    Price for access to the Mississippi River Museum
    Adults - $8.00
    Seniors (60 Plus) - $6.00
    Youths (5 – 11) - $5.00

    Other things you can do:
    Canoe Rental - $20.00 per hour
    Kayak Rental - $15.00 per hour and up
    Bike Rental - $10.00 for 2 hours
    Pedal Boat Rental - $2.00 per 1/2 hour per person

    Best thing we did was went barefoot and followed the the replica of the Mississippi River bed across the island.

    There is a sandwich shop, a restaurant, and a snack counter on the island.

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    Mud Island

    by cruisingbug Updated May 5, 2005

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    Mud Island Mississippi Model, Memphis

    Mud Island in Memphis is home to a scale-model of the Mississippi River, including bridges and running water, which children seemed to enjoy splashing around in.

    Mud Island is also the former home to the Memphis Belle, the WWII bomber from the movie of the same name, now located at a restoration hangar near the Millington Airport (www.memphisbelle.com).

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    Mud Island River Park

    by TFLawhorn Written Jul 2, 2007

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    Great place to take the children and the young at heart. Including the adjoining Mississippi River Museum.

    April 14 – May 26 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m
    May 27 – September 4 10:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m
    September 5 – October 31 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m

    Adults (13 – 59) - $8.00
    Seniors (60 and up) - $6.00
    Children (5 – 12) - $5.00
    Children (4 and under) - FREE
    Roundtrip Monorail Ride - $4.00
    Other Mud Island Prices
    Canoe Rental - $20.00 per hour
    Kayak Rental - $15.00 per hour and up
    Bike Rental - $10.00 for 2 hours
    Pedal Boat Rental - $2.00 per 1/2 hour per person

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    The Mud Island River Walk

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a half-mile-long scale model of the Mississippi River, in intricate detail. While many walk through the water, it's not advisable; this is a 3-D model, with contours to represent the terrain. One can easily slip. A really fun and educational activity--great for kids.

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    Mississippi Mud Island

    by cruedo Written Sep 2, 2004

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    Especially good on a hot day. Catch the monorail over Big Muddy, and wander down the scale model of the Mississippi with your shoes off before relaxing in the Gulf.
    The exhibition is ok if you have the time.

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    Mud Island

    by frankcanfly Updated Jun 25, 2005

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    Rollin' down the River

    On Mudd Island, across from downtown, there is a 1/2 mile concrete replica of the mighty Mississippi River! It has actual running water, and depicts the major rivers that feed it too.

    Next time I go, I want to bring a small plastic boat, and drop it into the 'river' and follow it downstream.

    Visiting this site is free!

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    Walk the Entire Mississippi

    by Fewf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Can you tell the real Mississippi from the fake?

    Well, sorta. On Mud Island, there's a "model Mississippi," where every 2.5 feet are one mile. It's five blocks from "Cairo, IL" to the "Gulf of Mexico," where you can rent a pedal boat if that floats your boat. At every city and every bend and most islands along the river, there's a sign discussing its history in detail. If that floats your boat, you can spend hours here. The real Mississippi is visible from the model Mississippi.

    Parts of a few other rivers that flow into the Mississippi, including the Ohio and the Missouri, are also in the model.

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    Mud Island River Park

    by lashr1999 Updated Oct 24, 2004

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    Mud Island is a great place to visit in the summer to cool down. It is home to a scale-model of the Mississippi River which includes bridges and running water. There is a museum which tells the history of the river and a monorail which goes across the bridge.

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    Mud Island.

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 4, 2005

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    Much nicer than it sounds. Mud Island has a half-mile-long, three-dimensional model of the entire Mississippi RIver, complete with running water. It also has the original World War II bomber the Memphis Belle. This is the B-17 Flying Fortress flown by Colonel Robert Morgan, on 25 combat missions over Nazi Germany. Those who saw the movie will surely want to see the real thing.

    Speaking over movies, The Firm, starring Tom Cruise, was shot here.

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    Mud Island

    by iam1wthee Written Sep 10, 2012
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    You can take a tram for $4 roundtrip or walk across the bridge. The views alone are incredible on both sides of the Mississippi River that you cross.

    There is a river replica inside the park.
    Kids like walking on the river but certain parts are a little slippery

    There are swan boats that one can take on the man made mini lake

    There are many concerts and the stone soul picnic is held here at the amphitheatre

    There is a river museum with aquarium, gift shop, cafe

    It is wheelchair accessible and blind people should not have to difficult of a time getting around either. There are elevators that take you up and down to the bridge to get to the bridge and tram.

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    Mud Island River Park

    by butterflykizzez04 Updated Feb 3, 2014
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    Tony, Noelle and I enjoyed a few hours on Mud Island at the museum..it was fascinating..For only $10 each of us..($30 total) you get to ride the Monorail over and back, admission in to the museum with 18 galleries and the access to the entire River Front Park which has a lovely walk way and 5 block flowing water monument of the Mississippi River.

    It opened at 10am. The Monorail ride was nice and short. You can walk over if you want, but the Museum cost $10 so you might as well ride the Monorail..it is the same price..Inside the museum, its a self paced tour. You can rent head phones if you want, but it is just as nice to view the museum without them. There is a replica of a full size Riverboat you get to walk on ( a portion of it anyway) and there is a replica of one of the Ironclads from the civil war. It was very interesting to tour it.

    There are a lot of nice displayed items of pictures, uniforms and guns/ammo..it is a great set up. Near the end it talks about the music and the influence of the music..it talks about the recording studios and the of course "THE KING"...Elvis Presley..
    I enjoyed the museum a lot.
    There is a gift shop and then the outside area to explore.
    I would go again!!

    The park is free for you to walk over via the bridge. You can actually walk above the Monorail ride. You can have access to the park for free but the museum by it self cost $10...If you have already seen the museum or you just want to attend one of the concerts at the amphitheater then you can ride the Monorail for only $4 per person..great bargains...and a gorgeous park with great views back at Memphis and of the Mississippi River..I highly recommend. I will definitely go again and again and again...one of the many nice things that you can actually do absolutely free if you don't mind the walk...

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    Inside the Mud Island Museum

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Feb 9, 2014
    can't go to Memphis without seeing the KING
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    Saturday July 6th, Noelle Lori-Elizabeth Teel, Tony and I visited Mud Island River Park in Memphis Tn. For only $10 each, you take the tram across the Mississippi River to the middle of the river to the Park and tour the Museum and enjoy the outside park areas including Picnic areas and concert areas..a must see!!! — at Mud Island River Park.

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