Down in the Delta: Blues, food, gambling and golf in Tunica, Mississippi
Tunica, a Mississippi Delta town of just over 900 in population, offers championship golf, resorts, casinos, nightlife, and delta and blues history.
The best place to begin a Tunica visit is at the Gateway to the Blues Museum. Record your own song and then email it to yourself to play for family and friends at home. More than 20 guitars are on display from artists in a variety of genres. Play a lap steel guitar and take in the many history galleries. The museum is on Blues Highway 61, which continues south through Mississippi highlighting historic sites related to blues music.
Continuing with the music theme visit the Hollywood Café, where musician Marc Cohn joined singer and schoolteacher Muriel Wilkens in singing “Amazing Grace” and other spirituals one night. He then wrote about it in his hit song “Walking in Memphis.” The café has a blues trail history and is known for deep-fried pickles and addictive pecan pie. Visit thehollywoodcafe.com for hours and menu.
Tunica RiverPark sits on the bank of the Mississippi River and offers visitors a chance to explore artifacts and history of the people of the delta, including Native Americans and Spanish explorers. Visit tunicariverpark.com for hours.
Don’t miss out on a meal at the Blue and White restaurant, established in 1924 in downtown Tunica. In 1937 it moved into what was the first full-service Pure Oil station in the Mississippi Delta. It also, at one time, included a newsstand and Greyhound bus station. The Blue and White is known for its traditional Southern cooking, a place for catfish, fried green tomatoes, homemade doughnuts (if you get there early) and pie. Visit blueandwhiterestaurant.com.
While on the Blues Highway stop off at the Tunica Museum and learn the history from those who live and breathe the Delta. The museum began in 1997 by five townspeople who wanted to preserve the town’s heritage. The museum follows the history from the Native Americans to the Civil War and through today. See how the casinos gave the town a one-of-a-kind culture. The museum is free. Visit tunicamuseum.com for hours.
Downtown Tunica offers boutiques, antique shops and Southern hospitality. Take the self-guided walking tour of the historic downtown area and Veterans Memorial at Rivergate Park.
Tunica is the perfect place for getaways, where history, shopping, outdoor activities, good food and casino action all come together within just a few miles of the Blues Highway and Blues Trail.
Golf and tennis are year-round in this delta county seat. Casinos offer golf packages, and custom packages for golfing are also available at Tunica National Golf & Tennis, a 7,210-yard par 72 championship course designed by Mark McCumber, and River Bend Links, a Scottish Links-style course.
Casino stays are affordable in Tunica. There are six casinos located in three areas: Along the strip are Hollywood Casino and Sam’s Town Casino and Resort, within walking distance of each other. Gold Strike and Horseshoe are next door to each other at Casino Center, and on the North End casinos are 1st Jackpot and Fitz Casino and Hotel. They are full-action casinos that offer slot machines, tables, sports wagering and entertainment.
Be sure to look online for deals and packages. At this time, casinos are requiring masks to be worn over your mouth and nose at all times. See the websites for all COVID-19 safety precautions.
Visit tunicatravel.com for updated COVID information, packages and information on hotels, restaurants and things to do.
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