Things to Do With a Family in Tunica, Mississippi

By Mark Applegate
Tunica has more to do than gambling.
Tunica has more to do than gambling.

Tunica is in northwestern Mississippi on the Mississippi River, and it's a short drive south of Memphis. It is know by many as a casino destination. While Tunica does boast several renown gambling establishments, families can find plenty to do in this tourist town.

Outdoors and on the River

Tunica is home to the Tunica Queen riverboat. The Tunica Queen seats 400 people in a 1880's style paddle boat. Whether you opt for the 1 1/2-hour sightseeing cruise or the two-hour dinner cruise, you'll experience a scenic and informational trip through yesteryear. When you are finished, visit the Tunica RiverPark at the launching point for your cruise. Explore the nature trails at this park, then visit the scenic 48-foot river overlook for a view of the whole area. Tunica Lake offers the anglers in the family an opportunity to land a large-mouth bass or other game fish and to camp nearly year-round.

Special Events

Tunica, like many tourist towns, has an active Convention and Visitor's Bureau that orchestrates many special events to bring in families and other tourists. In April, Tunica features the annual Tunica Rivergate Music Festival featuring local and regional artists. In August, kids and grownups can watch hot air balloons fill the air in the annual Tunica Balloon Bash. For country music fans, come in early October for the Delta Country Jam Music Festival, which brings national headliners to Tunica to perform.

For the Thinker

If your family is looking for a more intellectual experience in Tunica, you have some options. The Tunica RiverPark features the Mississippi River Museum. This museum has four fresh-water aquariums that hold some aquatic creatures native to the area. The museum also offers a diving bell simulator that gives you the full river experience. The museum has two full floors of dozens of interactive exhibits below the river observation outlook. Tunica also has the Tunica Museum, which houses Native American and Civil War exhibits and local history items.


Tunica has several shopping experiences to suit all ages in the family. The two museums boast gift and art shops for the eclectic shopper. The Casino Factory Shoppes includes 30 factory outlet stores offering clothing and other items for the whole family at discounted prices. The Tunica historical downtown district is home to antique shops and boutiques.

Other Options

The 38,770-square-foot G. W. Henderson Sr. Recreation Complex includes the Tunica Aquatic Center. This swimming facility includes a splash pool for the little kids and several springboard and diving platforms. If you want to hit the casinos and you don't have anybody to watch the kids, consider the Grand Casino Kid's Quest. This facility entertains the children between 6 weeks and 12 years old while you enjoy more mature fun. You are given a pager to contact you should there be an emergency.