Tunica River Park is located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, Tunica. The park is an extensive interactive, interpretive centre that teaches visitors the legend and the history of the river. Visitors are able to view `America's River' up close.
The museum is a large 24,000 square feet dedicated to life of the Mississippi river and its history. Artifacts in the museum can be dated back to the days of Indian civilization, exhibitions show how life was living on the river, historical events such as the flood of 1927. Live turtles and fish can be viewed in one of four aquariums and experience underwater inside a simulated diving bell.
Self guided tours are available of the museum, tours start on the first floor in the Orientation Theater with an eight minute film telling the story of the Mississippi River. The Map room is giant animated maps that show the geology and history of the Mississippi, the four large aquariums that contain lowland and aquatic life and the display of 60 million year old fish fossils. The wetlands with indigenous wildlife that are displayed with diorama and sculptural cypress trees that extend up to the second level. A short film is shown on Native Americans, Early Explorers and Louisiana Purchase. A full size figure of `The Tired Conquistador and the Colonial Settlement are also on exhibit at the park.
The second floor show the steamboats and 19th Century in a short film, the diving bell simulator, Delta dirt which is soil deep from the Delta, a full scale section of an ironclad gunboat from the Civil War. The Mississippi Water Commission, film of the floods with a full scale house that illustrates the ravages of the 1927 flood. A short film on the river today, the Mississippi Flyover which is a time lapse video following the course of the river from Minnesota until it empties in the Gulf of Mexico, Cotton is King and Blues culture exhibits and portraits of some important people in the Mississippi River Story.
An elevator takes visitors to the observation deck on the third floor where visitors are able to enjoy plant and animal life in their natural habitat by viewing the EcoTrail. The EcoTrail is located next to the museum and is a 1.9 mile trail through wetland forest with walkways to allow easy access for visitors to enjoy the wildlife such as deer, fox, beaver, turtles and many birds.
One of the newer attractions at the park is a cruise on the Tunica Queen. The Tunica Queen riverboat is a 400 seat luxury ship where passengers have the opportunity to experience cruising on the Mississippi river. Passengers are then able to board an airboat which travels at speeds up to 50 MPH and spend 30 minutes travelling along the banks of Mississippi and Arkansas, over sandbars and try to see blue channel catfish, the Great Blue Heron and egrets.