Reasons to Love Memphis #8: Model Rivers on the Real River

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 14th 2009 437 186

There’s something wonderful about a half-mile long scale model of the Mississippi River in the Mud Island River Park, which sits in the actual Mississippi River.

A complete model of the Mississippi River would be space-prohibitive, so the model is just of the lower half of the river. It’s made of  1,746 pre-cast concrete panels that each weigh eight and a half tons.

The best part? You can totally play Godzilla and take off your shoes to walk in it. Just be careful – some of those concrete plates can be sharp.

(That’s our intern Jessica standing over the bridges into Memphis.)

The River Walk ends at New Orleans into Lake Pontchartrain (which, unlike the real thing, has a giant fountain in the middle of it) and the Gulf of Mexico, which is a huge 3 ft. deep pool. The Gulf used to be a public swimming pool. These days, you can rent a paddle boat ($2 per person per half hour) and paddle around the gulf and check out the Memphis skyline.

There’s also a museum devoted to the history of the Mississippi River.

Admission to the park is free (especially if you take the Auction St. bridge or walk over on the pedestrian bridge). If you want to ride the monorail, it’s $4.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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