The Daughter and I spent the day downtown at the Mud Island River Park. I remember Mud Island from way back when there was nothing there. It's completely developed now. One of this park's main attractions is the River Walk, which is a scale model of the Lower Mississippi River from its confluence with the Ohio River to the Gulf of Mexico. It has markers describing historical events and noting specific cities. You can wade in it if you like, although we didn't get in the water that day.
The walk begins here:
and meanders down through the country:
Here are some pictures of the Memphis marker where you can see the Big Muddy in the background:
The walk ends at the "Head of Passes" and the Gulf of Mexico:
We had lunch at a little table by the River Walk, which turned out to be a great place to people watch. I saw all ages of people and heard 3 different languages not including English.
We also toured the museum, which costs $10 for adults and includes a ticket to ride the monorail. Here's the entrance to the museum from the river walk:
Flash photography is prohibited inside the museum and it was too dark in there for me to get pictures any other way. They have photos at their web site showing the exhibits.
We didn't ride the monorail, which runs underneath the pedestrian walkway:
because we liked the walkway so much. Here's the view from up there:
We thoroughly enjoyed this outing. The River Walk itself is free and is a delightful way to spend a day.
|"The Mississippi River touches a lot of people."|