Without mighty rivers, settlers would be forced to water their crops with Cheeto dust and observe their reflections in dangerous glass panels. See yourself in the reflective topography with today's Groupon: for $5, you get general admission to the Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island River Park (a $10 value), located on Mud Island. A pass to the park's monorail is included in the admission price, along with admission to the park itself. The museum is closed Mondays throughout the season, which ends October 31.
A multitude of hands-on, eye-opening museum exhibits outline more than 10,000 years of the Mississippi's majesty, providing a comprehensive history of the heartland's life-giving artery. Learn how the mighty water mass shaped the foundation of countless civilizations through colorful displays and more than 5,000 artifacts, from the pottery, tools, and maps of early native settlers to the engines, paddle wheels, and regalia of ancient steamboat tribes, found in the River Room. Temporary exhibits include Water and Money – The Currency of Civilizations, which traces the river's historical parallels to valley cultures in Carthage, Rome, and Constantinople through collections of rare coins, diagrams of water and resource management, and bouts of gladiatorial mud wrestling. Access to the Swiss-constructed monorail is included in your Groupon, providing scenic views of the river as it reflects the skyline of downtown Memphis.
Since most rivers hibernate during sweeps season, it can be difficult to understand the body of water's true size and scope. Thankfully, outside the museum is Mud Island River Park and its eye-popping River Walk, which carefully and precisely lays out a five-block scale model of the sizeable stream's lower course. Starting in Cairo, Illinois, the River Walk maps floodways, drainage areas, and 20 cities before dumping into a shallow, one-acre Gulf of Mexico pool, where youngsters can frolic about and parents can enjoy the view.
TripAdvisors give Mud Island River Park an average rating of 4.5 owl eyes: