Mud Island is an amazing place to retreat, discover new adventures, dine and hear great music! Mud Island offers visitors a one of a kind Museum, a plethora of Restaurants and a world renowned Amphitheater. With its opening in the spring of 1982 Mud Island has since offered entertainment and recreation to those visiting Memphis as well as locals. In addition to serving as a staple of Memphis, the northern part of Mud Island; known more commonly as Harbor Town boasts of many single family homes as well as many beautiful condos and apartment complexes.
The diverse array of activities available at Mud Island is unparalleled. The river park offers Bike Trails, Pedal Boats, Rafts and Kayaks in addition to ample camping space for all those “Love Birds” wanting to sleep along the river under the stars. These amazing amenities are offered all for just a small fee and are available from the beginning of April until the beginning of November. In addition to the a fore mention ; Mud Island Amphitheater houses a 5,000 seat Music Venue that has hosted music greats such as James Taylor, Al Green and Steely Dan as well as contemporary favorites including Norah Jones, Fall Out Boy and The LUMINEERS. Some other notable features of Mud Island include the Beale Street Music Festival held each May as part of Memphis in May as well as several other festivals, boat races and more. Mud Island also offers banquet facilities for weddings and other special occasions and is accessible via Monorail.
Mud Island has the world’s only hydraulic scale model of the lower Mississippi River. The model starts in detail from Cairo, Illinois and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana. This model displays major cities as well as small towns. Located on the river are markers, these markers explain history and important facts about the river which also serves as a way to show how the river connects us with rest of the United States. The Mud Island River Museum offers history of the lower Mississippi River Valley, focusing predominately on the exploration and development of the river as well as a brief overview of its role in the American Civil War as well as the birth of Blues Music.
One of the most memorable aspects that makes Mud Island most unique is; its history. Mud Island is located in a peninsula surrounded by the Mississippi River and located just west of the Wolf River. In early 1959 Mud Island served as the Memphis Downtown Airport and was actually in operation up until the late 1970’s.The Airport was closed soon after but while it was in operation it was frequently used by businessmen and shoppers. The one-way Airport could only be accessed by Pontoon-Boat Ferry, which briefly gave Mud Island the nickname “City Island”.
Mud Island truly offers “something for everyone”, so go ahead and take a walk on the river today.