Roadtrip through the Delta
the heat of summer can't beat the coolness of the Mississippi Delta. Here you'll
find the humble beginnings from which much of American culture originated.
Hole-in-the-wall juke joints shake with the sounds of world-class blues players;
the legendary Highway 61 radiates with history and culture; eclectic hotels and
restaurants provide new perspectives on life in the South; and the mighty Mississippi
River offers unbridled inspiration - all in the South's capital of cool, the Mississippi
So pack your bags, hop in your car and see where the backroads take you in the Mississippi
Delta. Check out the mix of cool indoor and outdoor attractions to get started on
Study the history of America's own unique style of music and find the origins of
many more at the
Delta Blues Museum.
Float down the mighty Mississippi River in a hand-built canoe with the Quapaw Canoe
Company on a day-long or multi-day expedition that has been featured in
National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
Catch some of the greatest local and national blues and gospel talent at the Sunflower
River Blues and Gospel Festival August 10-12.
Martin & Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum offers tourists insight into
the history of the Delta's railroad. Train enthusiasts will appreciate the walls
lined with railroad memorabilia and a working model railroad that's popular with
kids and adults alike. The Martin & Sue King Railroad Heritage and Museum justreceivedthe
2012 Mississippi Main Street award for the best Public/Private Special Event!
Blues legend B.B. King himself said that the blues was born at Dockery Farm,
a quintessential stop on the Mississippi Blues Trail.
Bridge players will find plenty of interest at the
American Contract Bridge League Museum, featuring memorabilia, a hall of
fame and interactive museum displays.
Arkabutla Lake ranks among the nation's top five crappie fishing lakes,
and that's to say nothing of the prime sailing, swimming, camping and other recreation
in the area.
If you find yourself in DeSoto County on the Fourth of July, don't miss the
Olive Branch Fourth of July Celebration. Come and enjoy food, games,
music and of course a mind-blowing fireworks display!
a little fun with history at the
Armitage Heschell Carousel, located in the Delta Children's Museum. This
19th-century antique has been restored to its former glory and still provides hours
of family enjoyment.
If you're the outdoorsy type,
Warfield Point Park is right up your trail. Admire the banks of the Mississippi
from an observation tower and explore the surrounding forest on ATV trails, then
camp out under the Mississippi moonlight.
Greenville puts on a patriotic display every year on our nation's birthday known
Greenville Celebrates America. The event promises outdoor concerts, food,
fireworks and fun - don't miss out.
Through October 31, the Museum of the Mississippi Delta is hosting Close to Home: Photographs
by Eudora Welty. This exhibit examines her time with the Works Progress
Administration (WPA) and her prowess as both a photographer and a writer.
The flat plains of the delta make for easy pedaling, so bring your bicycle out to
5th-Annual Bikes, Blues and Bayous on August 4. This bike tour through the
Greenwood area offers three distances and plenty of fun for serious and casual cyclists
Club Ebony, a renowned blues spot that has hosted some of music's largest
legends, will reopen soon under new management. Grab a cold
drink and sway to the sounds of veteran and newcomer blues artists.
B.B. King himself will perform at the
B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center for his annual Homecoming
concert on August 22. This is your chance to see an unforgettable show by one of
history's greatest blues artists in his hometown.
While you're in Indianola, stop by the
Blue Biscuit and mention "Visit the Delta" to get half off an entrée
when you purchase one.
Gateway to the Blues Visitor Center on Highway 61 is a must-stop. The center's
staff can help you find the perfect place to stay, eat or have a good time in Tunica.
A visit to the
Tunica RiverPark will make you one with Mississippi. Get one of the region's
best views of the Mississippi River, check out the interactive exhibits at the RiverPark
Museum and hop a ride into the 19th century on the Tunica Queen Riverboat.
History buffs (especially Civil War experts) will undoubtedly want to visit the
Old Depot Museum and examine the extensive collection of models, a large-scale
diorama of the Siege of Vicksburg and much more.
If you're looking for outdoor fun,
Eagle Lake Lodge & Outfitters will set you on the right path. Enjoy
fishing and boating on Eagle Lake during the day and stay in a top-notch lodge or
cabin by night.
Every Vicksburg visitor can find something they like at the
Vicksburg Farmers Market on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
Check out fresh produce, baked goods, local art, handmade crafts and more.
Learn all about regional African-American history at the
Oakes African-American Cultural Center, located in the beautiful former
home of the Oakes family.
Enjoy the Yazoo County outdoors in groups small or large at
Wells Ranch . This 250-acre working ranch can accommodate large groups in
their screened pavilion with seating for up to 60, outdoor kitchen with 3-section
grill, and amenities like fishing, ranch tours and much more.