- Town of Tunica
- Gateway to the Blues
- Things to Do
By Travel Tunica on Friday July 23, 2010
family, golf, museums, shopping, summer, tennis
Pool parties are in full swing and the mosquitoes are running on all cylinders, but those back-to-school sales don’t lie – the end of summer is right around the corner. But there is still time to squeeze in one last family getaway before the school bells start ringing. Why not head down the road to Tunica and enjoy those precious last few days of summer? More than just a gaming destination, Tunica has a number of family-friendly activities that children of all ages can enjoy.
Every family should make sure visits to the Tunica RiverPark and the Mississippi River Museum are on the itinerary. Not only will you get access to an extensive, interactive look at the Delta’s history, nature and culture, but you will also be able to interact with the very river that defines our region. And you don’t have to go far from the museum and park to put what you learned into action. A trek down the Tunica RiverPark EcoTrail will give your family a firsthand look at the unique and distinctive ecology of our area.
The Tunica RiverPark is also where to go to book a cruise on the Tunica Queen. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind chance to float down the Mississippi River with your family on an authentic riverboat. There are several cruising options available, including a short sightseeing cruise and an entire evening’s worth of fun on a dinner and entertainment cruise.
If you have any music aficionados in your family, you’ll have to check out the Mississippi Blue Trail. The Mississippi Blues Trail markers tell stories through words and images of bluesmen and women and how the places where they lived and the times in which they existed–and continue to exist–influenced their music. The sites run the gamut from city streets to cotton fields, train depots to cemeteries, and clubs to churches. Whether you’re a die-hard blues fan or a casual traveler in search of an interesting trip, you’ll find facts you didn’t know, places you’ve never seen, and you’ll gain a new appreciation for the area that gave birth to the blues.
Looking for something a little more active? Give Tunica National a call, and book a tee time or a tennis court for your family. Battling it out on the links in the Mississippi heat will make for some excellent family bonding! And with Tunica National’s air-conditioned indoor tennis courts, you can serve and volley in comfort.
If air-conditioning is more your temperature, Tunica offers a number of cool options to entertain and inform the whole family. Be sure to stop by the Tunica Museum, which is chock-full of native artifacts and invaluable pieces of agricultural, military and political history indigenous to the area. While you’re there, check out the Brain Teasers 2 exhibit that’s currently on display and try your hand at a range of hands-on puzzles.
Of course, what family vacation would be complete without a little bit of retail therapy? Tunica offers an array of options to satisfy even the pickiest shopaholic in your family. Pay a visit to downtown Tunica and enjoy shopping and dining in a relaxed and charming atmosphere. From handmade crafts to extravagant necessities and period antiques, you can find it all in downtown Tunica. And if bargains are more to your liking, the 30-store Casino Factory Shoppes are home to great outlets for the whole family, including Gap, Izod, OshKosh B’Gosh and Reebok.
These are just some of the many activities that can keep your family entertained during one last getaway before school starts back. Visit the My Trip Planner on the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau website to help you plan your getaway, and be sure to check out entertainment page to find out if there are any special events that your family might be able to attend while you’re here. One last dose of summer fun is just down the road in Tunica!